How to do the American Double Crochet Stitch or UK Treble Crochet

What is the American Double Crochet Stitch or UK Treble?

The American double crochet stitch (US) / treble crochet (UK) is the next stitch to learn after the half double (US) / half treble (UK). It’s the third basic crochet stitch to learn before trying a beginner crochet pattern.

It’s a good idea to get all the basic stitches under your belt before trying a pattern because they are all used in various combinations to make other more complicated stitches.

If you’re confused between US and UK crochet terms you can check this easy conversion chart for reference.

What is the Abbreviation for this Stitch?

The American double crochet is abbreviated with the letters dc. If you are following the UK terminology then you will find the treble crochet referenced as tr.

How to Start the American Double Crochet / UK Treble from a Foundation Chain?

To begin the American double crochet stitch you will need a turning chain of 3 chains. So if we are starting from the foundation chain, you want to make the chain as wide as you want your project to be and then begin your turning chain from there.

The turning chain brings the yarn up to the correct height for this stitch. So the American double crochet stitch is the height of 3 chains.

Once you have made your turning chain, you then begin working back along the foundation chain from the 4th chain from the hook, skipping the turning chain. My tutorial on YouTube makes this a lot clearer, if you’re unsure.

How to Begin the Next Row

After completing your first row of doubles / trebles, turn your work around so the back is facing you. Then you want to make another turning chain, like before, to bring the height of the yarn up to the height of this stitch. So chain 3 and then begin the first stitch of the row into the last double / treble of the previous row.

How to Crochet the American Double / UK Treble

So, let’s begin. How do we make the American double crochet / UK treble crochet stitch. It’s actually really easy simple and this tutorial will help you become and expert at it.

I’ve made a photo tutorial to help visualise each step of this stitch, plus a video tutorial if you prefer to learn by watching.

  1. Begin by yarning over.

  2. Then insert your hook into the stitch. Under both loops unless stated otherwise in the pattern your are following.

  3. Yarn over again and pull back through the stitch. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

  4. Yarn over again and pull through the first two loops. You will have two loops left on your hook.

  5. Yarn over again and pull through the last two loops.

    That’s it! So easy. See the photo below for more clarity.

A grid of 8 images that show each step of the American double crochet stitch.

Once you have crocheted 4 rows of American double crochet stitches you should end up with a small sample that looks similar to the photo below.

A small sample of 4 rows of American double crochet stitch made in teal yarn. The sample is sat on a white surface and there is a silver crochet hook inside the working loop, align horizontally above the sample.

Watch the Video Tutorial

You can find my quick and easy video tutorial for the half treble / half double crochet on my YouTube Channel or watch it below.

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I really hope you found this tutorial useful. If you have questions don’t hesitate to get in touch or pop them in the comments section, I’m always happy to help.

Tina Rinaudo

Tina is a passionate zero waster and crocheter who aims to live and crochet as sustainably as possible. She has been crocheting since 2016 and specialises in using sustainable yarns to design zero waste crochet patterns to make easy swaps for yourselves and your homes. She has been featured in Happily Hooked Magazine, and many other websites for her eco friendly crochet patterns.


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