Crochet for Knitters – Double Crochet

The next stitch in the series here is double
crochet. We’re starting to get to taller and taller
stitches, you can see. Double crochet is a really common stitch that
you see in a lot of crochet. For instance, it’s what I like to use in
granny squares, it’s used a lot in crocheted edges – it’s a really common stitch in
my experience, probably the most common stitch. Let’s go ahead and get started. Here is double crochet just worked in rows. I don’t think it’s very common that you
see just plain like this in double crochet, usually there is a bit more shape to it. And you can see each stitch is pretty long. Especially out of this yarn. Okay, as with everything else in crochet we
start with a slip knot, and we’re going to chain a few stitches. And I’ll give you a link here to crochet
chain video, in case you need it. Okay, if you’re following a pattern, it
will tell you how many to chain. And because these stitches are getting taller,
we’re going to chain a few extra. So when you’re working double crochet, you
never count – well, not just double crochet. In crochet you never count the loop on the
hook. I’m going to go one, two, three, and go
into the fourth V from the hook. And to start double crochet we actually have
to yarn over. And yarning over is just like with knitting,
you’re going to just put a wrap on the hook like this. Stab into the fourth V from the hook, grab
the yarn and pull up a loop. So now we have three loops on the hook. Grab the yarn, and pull through two, grab
the yarn and pull through two. And you know you’re finished with your crochet
stitch when you only have one loop left. So yarn over, stab into the left leg of the
next stitch, grab the yarn and pull up a loop. Grab the yarn and pull through two, grab the
yarn pull through two. Yarn over, stab, pull up a loop, grab the
yarn pull through two, grab the yarn pull through two. The foundation chain is the most difficult
row to work in to. Isn’t it just like knitting, where the cast-on
row is always the tightest and the most difficult to work into? Just like the foundation chain [laughs], so
I struggle a little bit here. Okay, I’m at the end of this row. For double crochet, I’m going to chain three
to get to the correct height for this, and then turn the work. And this kind of varies a little bit. Some
patterns will have you going into the first V in the work, some patterns will have you
going into the second V in the work. And that’s because this chain actually counts
as a double crochet stitch. I’m just actually going to demonstrate it
in the first stitch here. Whoops, I didn’t tell you what I was doing. Yarn over, I’m going to go under both legs
of the V this time. Because in the crochet chain, I just went
under the left one. I’m going to go under both this time. Grab the yarn and pull up a loop, grab the
yarn and pull through both, grab the yarn and pull through both. One loop left. Double crochet is pretty fun to watch an experienced
crocheter work. Because it’s almost like a ballet, the way
your hands fly around to work this stitch. And there’s what we have. And that’s the double crochet stitch. It’s a stitch you’re going to find very
useful in upcoming videos we have for granny squares, for example. [music]

13 thoughts on “Crochet for Knitters – Double Crochet

  • The way you hold you yarn in crochet makes my hand cramp like crazy. I essentially use the continental knitting way of holding my yarn. In between my pinkie finger and ring finger I thread the yarn then over my fingers and it leads off my index finger. It helps me crochet faster, also.

  • awesome! cool to see you doing crochet too (i myself learned crochet and then continental knitting). i liked that you pointed out the turning chain at the edges because that was the mistake i made when i first learned (and i'm sure it's quite common as most patterns don't mention these simple things, much like knitting usually doesn't talk about edge stitches). only thing is that i think double crochet is different in american terms and british (british DC = SC, treble crochet = DC, etc)

  • Yes, I know we have at least one pattern coming up. Beyond that, there is a good chance that I will do crochet tutorials on other designers' patterns – should be fun!

  • When you work rows back and forth in crochet, your work should lie flat. Blocking may or may not help, depending on the fiber type you used (wool and wool blends are going to be more forgiving). My guess is that your yarn and hook combination aren't a match – that your hook size is too small for the yarn you're using (or your yarn is too thick for that hook size). Hope that helps!

  • Could you do a close up of the last stitch on a row? I'm not sure I'm putting my needle in the right spot! This is impossible for me to find! Does it matter if you turn your work a certain way? And (last Q) you don't count the slip knot, but you do stitch into it, right?

  • It sometimes depends on the stitch you are doing, but if you are working double crochet rows (like this video demonstrates), it really shouldn't curl. You can fix it by going up a hook size or two, using a thinner yarn, and/or sticking with wool or wool-blend yarns (which are more forgiving). Good luck!

  • I have trouble knowing which hole i am supposed to be going back into for my stitches. I have seen some tutorials where they say on that chain row, you pick up the back leg of that V stitch and then the stitch that is on the bottom. They are not doing both V legs, but one V leg and a loop that is on the bottom. Do you ever do that if you are using a thin crochet thread like a #10 weight cotton? I have a hard time with crochet because I have trouble recognizing where i need to stick the hook.

  • Maggie – I guess it will depend on the project you're crocheting. I never work with thin crochet thread, so I'm not familiar with the techniques used. In all of my crochet tutorials, we pick up both legs of the V (after the foundation row).

  • I don't know if it's different but in the UK this is the same as the treble/triple crochet? our double crochet is different

  • This series of videos is remarkable. You're delivery is intelligent, quickly paced, and everything is clearly visible. I'm a knitter who is just now learning to crochet (as of this morning), and these videos have helped me more than any others. Thanks so much!

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