Today's video is a viewer request! It shows the basics of making the double crochet stitch, and then really focuses on how to count dc stitches, and how to stack them in rows.
How to Crochet the Double Crochet Stitch: Right Handed Version
How to Crochet the Double Crochet Stitch: Left Handed Version
Written Instructions for the Double Crochet Stitch:
To make a dc, you yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook), insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over again, pull that loop through the stitch, yarn over again and pull that loop through the first two loops on the hook, and then finally yarn over once more and pull that through the last two loops on the hook.
Making rows of dc and knowing how many to chain and whether or not those chains count as a stitch... well, that all depends on the pattern! If it's something you're making up yourself, then it all depends on which you like better. Just remember, if it's counted as a stitch, treat it like a stitch and work into it in the next row. If it's not counted as a stitch, then ignore it on the next row.
I hope that helps some of you out - crochet is a lot of fun, and once you have the basics down, there are no limits to what you can do! Thanks for watching!
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Hi I'm so glad I found you
Actually I was in Pinterest searching ideas and there you were
I'm left handed but it's ok I can handle it
I wish I could make left handed videos! Maybe if we film my hands in a mirror? I'm just not ambidextrous enough. At any rate, glad you found me too! 😀
Jemima van Zyl South Africa
I am trying to crochet from your instructions. One question, which may be common knowledge, but I cannot find an answer anywhere. What happens after each row with the current row color yarn when changing to a new color? Do you cut the existing row's color yarn and just start with a new colour or is there any way to neatly crochet the two colors into each other every time when you start a new row with a new color?
I will appreciate your help.
Hello Jemima! There are a few different things you can do in this situation. If you are done with that first color, and don't plan to use it again for a while, then you would cut it and weave in the end. If you plan to use it again in a row or two, you can finish the last stitch with the new color and leave the first color hanging to the side, and "float" it up to the new row when you're ready, covering the float with a border or edging. Here is a video that might help: changing colors
I have encountered a major confusion in my mind about correctly doing doing a double crochet.
I was just reading the post of "Crochet Mistakes" in Crochet Forum. One of the contributors said that when they double crochet, the correct technique is to go through both the front and back loops. I thought I was only supposed to go through either the front loop or the back loop, not both. I am now confused. I went back and searched on YouTube and one person double crocheted only through the front loop (as I have been doing) and one person went through both!
When I looked at your video just now, it looked like on your first row of double crochets attached to the chaining row, you went through just one loop but then when you got in to your next row, it kind of looked like you were going through both loops. Is that correct?
How to work into the chain is a matter of personal preference, but when working into a stitch, you should go through both loops unless instructed otherwise. This goes for dc, as well as any other stitch. 🙂
Oh My! Nothing is simple in this world. I made my "Alpaca My Wrap" wrong (: However. it still looks nice. I am starting the Fallen Leaves Slouch Hat so will use the correct DC technique going forward. Many thanks, as always.
I have purchased a crochet book so will read that before I start my hat.
If it looks good, then it's good! 😀
I have instructions that read 1dc into first and every alternate stitch, 2nd dc into a second and every alternate stitch, please help
Hi Martha! I'm afraid I need more context...
I'm crocheting a dress for a shoer gift, my instructions say: Form armholes and yoke. 2dc, 1din to first and every alternate stitch. Please help
I would contact the designer - this sounds like a question for her/him!
Where is instructions for dc2tog?
Hi Lois! That is at https://www.mooglyblog.com/decreases-sc2tog-and-dc2tog/
I just saw your video on how to start a new color with a dc stitch instead of a ch 3, and that was absolutely wonderful!! Do you have something for when you start the next row, where it says ch3, instead of using that? It leaves a gap that takes away from the look of the project. I've made 2 dresses for my gr'daughter, and each successive row was like that. Thank you for your video, it was great!!
Hi Kathy! Thank you - and yes, I do! 😀 https://www.mooglyblog.com/improved-csdc/