How to Double Crochet Stitch
Alright, let's talk double crochet. Double crochet stitch is a bit higher than a half double crochet stitch, and significantly higher than single crochet. As you're noticing, we're progressing not only in the amount of steps, but also in the height of stitch. So as always, we've started with our foundation chain row, and we're ready to actually get started with our stitch pattern. So, to accommodate the height of double crochet, we need to work in the fourth chain from the hook. So I'm all set up, we remember that we do not count the loop that's actually on the hook. So, here's one, two, three, four. So this is where we're going to be working in. So we're gonna yarn over just like we did for half double crochet, you yarn over first, and then insert the hook through the chain, yarn over, pull it through. And now we're established. So this is where it stops being anything like half double crochet. So in half double crochet, we would yarn over and pull it through all three loops, right? F...
or double crochet, we're gonna go through two loops, two times. That's where they get the double, pretty clever right? So we're gonna yarn over, we're gonna pull it through the first two loops, yarn over again, and pull it through the last two loops. And now, friend of friends, you've got a double crochet. And the first chains, right there, also counts as a double crochet within your pattern. Alright, so let's move on to the next chain. We're going to wrap our yarn around, insert the hook in the next chain, yarn over, pull through, we're now established in the next position. Now we're gonna yarn over, pull through the first two loops, repeat that process, and we've got our next double crochet stitch. And you're gonna keep going until the end of the chain. And just notice again that I'm pinching, because this is a taller stitch, I'm actually pinching, moving my fingers up as I stitch, because the higher stitch. So I want, it makes it easier, you don't have to do this, but I find that it makes it a bit easier if I move up closer to the hook as I'm working this stitch. So you would do that all the way to the end of the row, and once you finish that row, you would get a piece that looks like this. I want to stop for a second. I just realized I did not show you the swatches. I wanna show you what this stitch looks like in action, full action. So. I've got a couple of pieces right here. I've worked one in a worsted weight yarn, and one in a bulky weight yarn. So this is exactly the same stitch, but I wanted you to see how different it can look based on your materials. This is just kind of an FYI, but another thing on gauge and also sort of opens your mind to the possibilities of, you can take the same stitch but make it look really different depending on the materials. So this has a nice height to it, but it's also a little bit more open weave. So it would be okay for a bag, but you'd probably want to use, you know, you'd want to use a lining for it. This is a really great, great stich for scarves, because you get a lot of mileage. It goes pretty fast because it's a high stitch. And even though there are holes in it, there's not so many huge holes that it's gonna let a ton of wind come through or whatever. So this is a really good solid go-to stitch for anything that you don't need to be tightly woven. Now back to stitching. Alright. So we're back in action, we're working, we've done our first row, we've worked through the chains, and now we're gonna turn our piece. So, to create the height of a double crochet stitch, we need to chain three. So that's one, two, three. Those three chains will count as your first double crochet stitch. So now we need to go on the next stitch, which we know means we insert the hook through both of these loops. So we do a yarn over, we dive on in, pull that loop through, now we're established. Yarn over, pull through two loops, pull through two loops. Yarn over, go into the next one, pull. Two loops, two loops. And you get kind of in a rhythm with crochet, which is kind of cool. It's funny, you know it seems a little mind blowing at first, seeing all this wrapping and turning and whatever, but it really kind of becomes second nature and kinda, it's kind of a stress reducer to be honest with you, I'm not gonna kid you. I'm not gonna kid you. It's totally relaxing. Everybody sitting in this room doesn't seem as relaxed as they should be, but just being mesmerized by my stitching? No? A little bit? Okay. (instructor laughs) So anyways, you're gonna continue that to the very end of the row, and then keep going for as long as the piece calls for. So. We've gotten through a lot already, but I'm ready to do more, so let's do it. Now that you know how to do the double crochet stitch, I think that you are ready to apply it to a project. Go ahead and go to the course page, download the bonus materials for a project for a techie sleeve. A great phone cozy for your phone, it'll protect your phone and also make you feel super awesome because you are putting your double crochet mad ninja skills to work.