Double, Triple, Quadruple, and Beyond: Tall Crochet Stitches!

Most crocheters learn early on how to create single and double crochet stitches. And eventually, you might have tackled a treble crochet stitch! But did you know it doesn’t end there? You can keep adding yarn overs as long as you can fit them on the hook! Here’s the how to and names for the *really* tall crochet stitches!

Learn to #Crochet Super Tall Crochet Stitches with a Moogly Video Tutorial! Handy printable chart included!


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Tall Crochet Stitches Video Tutorial

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If you understand the anatomy of a double crochet and a treble crochet, then it’s easy to extrapolate what to do when you see a taller stitch – just add yarn overs at the beginning, and then work the loops off in twos. Easy!

Learn to #Crochet Super Tall Crochet Stitches with a Moogly Video Tutorial! Handy printable chart included!

But the names can be super confusing! Most of us don’t talk in “quintuple” this and “septuple” that. Add treble to the name and it can be a head scratcher. Here’s a chart to make it easier!

Learn to #Crochet Super Tall Crochet Stitches with a Moogly Video Tutorial! Handy printable chart included!

You might want to Pin the chart on Pinterest, or print it out (use the Print Friendly button below to print just the chart!). I know I have to check the list sometimes myself! The abbreviations past trtr can vary, but they should be close to the ones given above.

There’s a trick I use to help myself remember them too. Double and Treble are easy enough to remember, but past that is where it gets heavy. What I do is count the “treble” as a 1, and then take the preceeding word at face value, and them add them together. So for a Quadruple Treble, I count the quadruple as 4 (it’s usual meaning) and add 1 for the treble… for 5 yarn overs. For Septuple Treble, I take the 7 of Septuple and add one more for the Treble… 8 yarn overs!

One of the hardest parts of actually making these tall stitches is working the loops off evenly. And the other hard part is keeping the twist in the yarn – most yarns are twisted so that crochet stitches untwist it a bit, and these tall stitches can do a number on it! Relaxing your tension on the yarn can help, as can blocking the project afterwards. Most of the really tall stitches will show up in lace patterns, so blocking will be important anyway! Notice the pins in the photo – blocking for the win!

Learn to #Crochet Super Tall Crochet Stitches with a Moogly Video Tutorial! Handy printable chart included!

Now, you won’t see many of these stitches too often – generally speaking, the taller the stitch, the less common it is. You could easily go an entire crochet career without ever making a Nonuple Treble Crochet – I think most have! But now you know what to do if you do see one. And you can tackle that gorgeous lace pattern that calls for Triple Treble and Quadruple Trebles with confidence!

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    Nancy says

    Thank you soooo much for this stitch chart. Just a few days age o on a site someone had never heard of the treble stitches. I hope they see this. And your tutorial is very good and easy to follow. Nancy

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    Paula says

    And of course, check where your pattern comes from, as UK trebles are US doubles, and UK double trebles are US trebles, and after that…. well, read the pattern carefully for the stitch descriptions!

    • 5

      Tamara Kelly says

      Yes! I’m imagining there’s an interest in a UK chart maybe? But that might break my brain to do both the same day lol.

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    Dianna says

    I recently had to go to a forum asking for help. A Venetian Motif chart pattern I was trying to figure out had the symbol for a sextuplets treble. I had never seen one before! Not easy to do and keep consistent either. I know what they are now, but I didn’t know what the names are. Thanks!

    • 7

      Tamara Kelly says

      :D They are rare – it’s fun to hear of them spotted in real patterns! I’m sure I’d have to pull out and re-do my fair share!

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    Verna Pasquariello says

    Could you please tell me the color wood of the Furl’s crochet hook? I’m thinking of trying one, but can’t decide between the Rosewood or the Cocobolo. Also, any recommendation for size to buy if purchasing only 1? I was thinking of ‘G’.
    Thanks!

    • 9

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Verna! The one I used here is a Tulipwood. I also have a Cocobolo and a Purpleheart and they’re all lovely! I would recommend buying whatever hook size you use most first – that will be different for everyone. I track all my projects on Ravelry so I was able to go back and look at what hook I’d used most. :) I got an I first, as that’s what I use most it seems, then added an H and a J – working my way out! :D

  5. 10

    DIANE says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS INFO . . . AND A QUESTION PLEASE.

    IF I ENDED A ROW WITH A NON TREBLE, WOULD I CHAIN UP 11 STITCHES TO EQUAL THE HEIGHT?

    • 11

      Tamara Kelly says

      That will depend a bit on gauge – the more stitches, the more you’ll want to customize – but 11 or 12 should be right!

  6. 12

    says

    Thank you for doing this! I’ve often used what I called “mega trebles” in my patterns and used the number of times to yarn over because I didn’t know they had names beyond quin. This is one handy dandy chart, and I appreciate you taking the time to make it!

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    Lorene Horton says

    I taught myself to crochet and I never knew there was that many tall crochet stitches. Thank you so very much. Now I just have to figure out what you can make with the tall stitches. Thanks again. If you have any ideas that I can do with the long stitches please let me know.

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Lorene! They’re mostly used for doilies and other fine thread lacework – you don’t see them too often using heavier yarn! Though I do think some of the overlay mandalas might be bringing them into vogue too! I’ll soon have a pattern out using a tall one too! :)

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    Nadine says

    This is so awesome! My grandmother was teaching me this when she passed away so many years ago. It is so great that I get to see it now, 40 years later! Thanks for sharing and bringing back such wonderful memories for me!

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