|Double Crochet Sample|
Double crochet is very similar to half-double. Many of the steps are the same. It is a little taller and a bit more open looking than single or half-double.
ch = chain
lp = loop
hdc = half-double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over
dc = double crochet
sts = stitches
st = stitch
Please refer back to previous lessons for more detailed explanation of abbreviations.
I am trying something new in this lesson...restraint. I will be using fewer photos; I hope that fewer images will actually make the instructions easier to follow. If not, let me know!
In this lesson, I am using 30 gauge copper wire and a no.8 crochet hook. I will also use a pocket scribe, wire nippers, and needle nose pliers.
Lets get started learning Double Crochet (dc)! The sample will be 9 stitches wide and 9 stitches tall.
Make a base chain of 12 stitches.
Then, yarn over and insert the hook into the 5th stitch from the hook.
|YO and insert hook...|
|Three loops on the hook.|
|Three loops and a YO.|
|Two loops remain on the hook.|
|Two loops and a YO on the hook.|
|The first completed DC.|
YO and insert your hook into the next ch. YO and draw up the lp. You should have three loops on the hook.
|Three loops on the hook, again.|
|And, two loops on the hook.|
|This is actually three completed dc plus a turning chain.|
You will repeat six more times:
yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up lp (three lps on hook), yo and draw through two loops on hook (two lps on hook), yo and draw through two remaining loops on hook.
Once you have filled up your base chain with double crochet stitches for a total of 8 dc and the turning chain = 9 stitches, chain 3 for the turning chain.
|First row complete plus the turning chain.|
Opening the Stitches
Pull out your hook and use the scribe to open up the tops of the stitches.
|Opening the loops. Skip the base of the turning chain!|
|The two loops that make the top of a stitch.|
And, be sure to open the top of the turning chain. It looks different from the double crochet stitches.
|Opening the top of the turning chain.|
Put your hook back into the new turning chain and turn the work. YO and insert the hook into the first stitch. Be sure you skip the base of the turning chain!
|Starting the second row.|
|Three on hook.|
|Top view of hook in both loops of the stitch below.|
|Hook in the top of the turning chain of the row below.|
Open up the new row of stitches with your pocket scribe and then repeat row two until you are done.
|Two rows done plus a turning chain.|
Once you have finished making as many rows as you like (I did nine in this sample),
work through your last stitch and nip the wire. Tie in your ends as explained in previous lessons and then stretch your sample.
|Stretch the sample.|
Your new abbreviation for this week is dc for double crochet.
The instructions for this lesson in abbreviated format are as follows:
start: ch 12
row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook, dc 7 sts more. ch 3, turn.
row 2: dc 8 sts. ch 3, turn.
rows 3-8: repeat row 2.
row 9: dc 8 sts. Cut off and draw up lp.
|The samples: single, half-double, and double crochet.|
Did you like the format with fewer photos? Let me know in the comments section. Please feel free to ask questions, as well.