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How To Double Crochet: A Guide For Beginners

In this article, we’ll tell you how to double crochet, help you avoid some potential terminology confusion, explain the characteristics of double crocheted fabric, and conclude with some project inspiration that puts your new skill to good use.

Double crochet doesn’t require using two needles like knitting does, or anything else too complex, so put your mind at ease. In fact, double crochet is quite easy! It’s also an essential technique to learn for new crocheters but is still useful in advanced projects.

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What You’ll Need To Double Crochet

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You only need the most basic set of supplies to begin learning how to double crochet. All that’s required is:


    In terms of skills, we recommend checking out our beginner crochet tutorial before proceeding with this guide.

    Our beginner crochet tutorial will cover everything from getting started through single crochet and fastening off. These are all of the foundational skills you’ll need before learning how to double crochet.

    Tangled-Up Terminology

    Yarn for double crochet

    If you’re new to crocheting, now is a good time to go over something that sometimes befuddles beginners: The crocheting terminology used in the US is different from the terms used in Britain and Australia.

    Patterns for crochet projects usually use abbreviations for the various common crochet stitches. The double crochet stitch is typically abbreviated as “DC” or “dc.” However, depending on where you got your pattern from, that abbreviation might not mean what you think!

    The US and UK mostly use the same terms, but use them to refer to different stitches. For example, what’s called a single crochet stitch in the US is considered a double crochet in the UK, and the US double crochet is called a “treble crochet” in the UK.

    If you think this sounds confusing, you would be correct! It means you’ll want to pay close attention when reading crochet guides or using crochet patterns and possibly “translate” the terms.

    To be clear, “double crochet” in this article is used in the American sense. But if you find yourself reading a guide that refers to yarn “colours” (with a U), there’s a good chance they’ll be using UK terms, so stay on your toes!

    Double Crochet Symbol

    A crochet chart may look confusing at first, but it’s actually a simple visual aid that can help you quickly understand a pattern. It uses symbols to show you what stitches to work.

    Typically, a double crochet stitch is represented by a tall capital T, with a slash through the vertical line. However, since these symbols can vary from one pattern to another, you’ll want to check the legend or key before you start crocheting.

    How To Double Crochet

    The double crochet stitch is one of the most-used stitches in crocheting. Although it’s common in beginner projects, it remains helpful in more advanced patterns, too. So let’s learn how to do this easy, versatile stitch.

    The double crochet stitch can be worked in rows, joined rounds, or continuous spiral rounds. It creates a tall, open fabric.

    Start by making a turning chain. Because the double crochet stitch is roughly three chains tall, you’ll need three turning chains worked at the start of each row.

    Now yarn over, which simply means wrapping the yarn around your hook from back to front.

    Next, insert the hook into the stitch or space you want to start. In most patterns, this will be the fourth stitch, skipping the first three stitches of the foundation chain. Before inserting your hook, check your pattern to see where to put it.

    Now yarn over again, taking your yarn over the crochet hook. There will be more yarn on your hook now, so it may be slightly trickier than before, but practice makes perfect.

    Next, draw the yarn over through the point where you inserted the hook. At this point, you will have three loops on the hook.

    Yarn over again and draw the yarn through the two loops closest to the end of the hook. There will now be two loops on the hook.

    Yarn over once more and draw it through the two loops that are still on the hook. Now you have one double crochet stitch complete and one loop left on the hook. To continue, yarn over, insert the hook into the next stitch, and repeat the process.

    Congratulations! You now know how to double crochet.

    Don’t worry if it doesn't “click” immediately. Start over and go slow, making sure you understand what the yarn and hook are doing at each step of the process. It will quickly become second nature.

    Here’s a quick cheatsheet to refer to when you’re practicing:

    • Yarn over
    • Insert hook
    • Yarn over
    • Draw up a loop
    • Yarn over
    • Pull through two loops
    • Yarn over
    • Pull through two loops

    Double Crochet And Single Crochet Compared

    Obviously, there is a difference in the technique used between single crochet and double crochet. But what practical impact does it have on the finished project?

    Let’s compare the two.

    Finished Fabric

    There is a distinct difference in the feel of the finished fabric when using double crochet versus single crochet.

    Double crochet results in a looser, almost mesh-like fabric, with more stretch and bigger gaps between stitches. On the other hand, single crochet creates a tighter and neater, but stiffer, fabric.

    This means, in general, single crochet might be a better choice for smaller projects or projects that need to be stronger and maintain their shape, but double crochet is a good go-to for projects that need to be soft and stretchy.

    Stitch Height

    As the name suggests, a double crochet stitch is roughly twice the height of a single crochet stitch. You’ll need fewer rows to achieve the same length as a single crochet project when working with double crochet.

    This height difference also impacts the drape of the finished fabric. Double crochet tends to be loose and flowy, while single crochet is more rigid.


    Of course, speed is relative. However, a double crochet is generally considered faster to work up than a single crochet since each stitch is taller.

    Troubleshooting Your Double Crochet Project

    Troubleshooting Your Double Crochet Project

    Like any new skill, double crochet takes practice. But no matter how carefully you work, you will make a few mistakes. If your piece doesn't look quite right, check for one of these common issues.

    Incorrect Stitch Count

    Counting stitches is one of the most important parts of crochet. It keeps your project the correct size from start to finish, leaving you with straight edges.

    If you’re having trouble telling where each stitch is, try counting the “v” shapes at the top of your previous row. Each “v” represents one stitch.

    Here are some other stitch-counting tips:

    • Remember that the turning chain counts as a stitch. It’s an easy one to miss.
    • Count the stitches each time you complete a row (at least in the short term)
    • Consider using stitch markers

    Uneven Tension

    Tension is how tightly or loosely you hold your yarn while crocheting. It can be tricky to maintain an even tension, especially when you’re first starting.

    When your tension is too tight, your stitches will be tiny and stiff, making it hard to insert your hook into the next stitch. Too loose, and your stitches will be large and floppy, throwing off the shape of your project.

    Make a few practice gauges before you begin a project to even out your tension. This will give you a better sense of how that particular yarn and hook size work together.

    Wrong Stitch Placement

    Inserting your hook into the wrong place can lead to mistakes. Pay close attention to where it goes for each stitch.

    Typically, you’ll insert your hook under the “v” of the stitch in the previous row. However, some stitches may require you to go through a different part of the stitch.

    Refer to your pattern or tutorial for instructions. Then, go slow until it feels more natural. Soon, you won’t have to think about where the hook goes.

    Double Crochet Variations

    Like many stitches, the double crochet is versatile. By tweaking the above steps, you can completely change the look of your finished fabric.

    Here are a few variations to try.

    Standing Double Crochet Stitch

    Source: The Crochet Crowd

    You typically use a slip stitch and chain three when adding a new row or switching to another color, but there is another option. You can do a standing double crochet stitch, which gives you neater edges and helps eliminate awkward gaps.

    Front Post/Back Post Double Crochet Stitch

    Source: CreatiKnit

    Where you make your stitch matters. While you usually work into the loops of your previous stitches, you can work around the posts of a stitch to create a different texture.

    This type of stitch is known as a front post or a back post, depending on your direction. Once you insert your hook in the correct spot, the process is the same as a regular double crochet stitch.

    Double Crochet V-Stitch

    Source: HopefulHoney

    If you want to crochet something with a chevron-type pattern, try this stitch. It’s great for blankets or scarves, especially if you alternate colors. The stripes look amazing.

    Extended Double Crochet Stitch


    What happens when you make a double crochet stitch on top of a chain stitch? You get an extended double crochet stitch!

    The extended stitch is slightly taller, giving your final product more drape. It’s a good choice for shawls or blankets.

    Herringbone Double Crochet

    Source: Rich Textures Crochet

    By adding one more step to your double crochet, you can create a dense fabric with a beautiful zig-zag design. Try using this stitch to make a dishcloth or a sweater.

    Double Crochet Ribbing

    Source: Crochet Me Lovely

    Ribbing is a common stitch used for cuffs, collars, and waistbands on clothes. To create this ribbing effect with double crochet stitches, alternate front post and back post stitching

    This creates a tight, stretchy fabric with vertical textured lines throughout. It’s very strong and supportive.

    Beginner Double Crochet Projects

    Now that you’ve learned the technique of double crochet, it’s time to put your skills to use and practice by making something fun!

    As we’ve mentioned, the double crochet stitch is used in many beginner crochet patterns, so you may already have your eye on a project to try. But if you’re in need of inspiration, here are several fun and easy projects that use the double crochet stitch.


    It doesn’t get much simpler than a blanket, but a blanket is always useful, and a throw blanket is a great way to add some cute color to a space even when you aren’t snuggled up. Pick your favorite hue (or two, or three) from our huge selection and get cozy.

    Watch this video from Bag-O-Day Crochet on YouTube.

    Source: Bag-O-Day Crochet


    This crochet beanie is a laid-back style statement and makes a nice gift. Everyone likes getting something handmade! They don’t have to know it only takes about 30 minutes to make, though.

    Watch this instruction video from Sigoni Macaroni on YouTube.

    Source: Sigoni Macaroni


    Winter will be here before you know it, and that makes this crochet triangle shawl another easy and appealing gift project. The recipient will stay a little warmer knowing you thought of them.

    The tutorial comes to us from Tonya Bush on YouTube.

    Source: Tonya Bush


    If you’re a beginner crocheter, a dishcloth is the perfect project to practice your double crochet stitches. They’re quick to make and practical.

    Pick colors that coordinate with your kitchen decor. Or choose a color that’d look great in your friend’s kitchen because these cloths make awesome homemade gifts.

    Amanda Crochets has a simple tutorial to help you out.

    Source: Amanda Crochets

    Market Bag

    Even beginners can crochet a bag. If you can single crochet and double crochet, this tutorial from ViVi Berry Crochet is for you.

    Pick up a few cones of our Combed Cotton and follow along.

    Source: ViVi Berry Crochet

    If you want to try a different handicraft to make your own market bag, check out the Macrame Market Bag Diy Kit by GANXXET + Quartz. It’ll look lovely over your shoulder!

    Granny Square

    Want to make an iconic granny square? This tutorial from The Nervous Knitter shows you how to use your double crochet skills to whip one up.

    Once you make several granny squares, you can even combine them to make a blanket or sweater. The possibilities are endless!

    Source: The Nervous Knitter


    Stay warm this winter by bundling up in a scarf. Once you learn the basics, feel free to swap out some of the stitches to create your own unique design.

    For instance, a scarf with the double crochet v-stitch would look amazing! Since it’s a one-row repeating pattern, it’s an excellent choice for a beginner.

    Follow this tutorial from Blossom Crochet to make yourself one.

    Source: Blossom Crochet

    Need more ideas and more motivation to keep expanding your crochet skills? We’ve got you covered!

    Check out our tutorial on making a romantic heart-shaped crochet bookmark, and our article on 35 quick and easy things to crochet for beginners.

    Double Down On Your Crochet Obsession With GANXXET

    Woman stacking yarn

    Now that you know how to double crochet, you have the skills you need for lots of fun, confidence-building projects, and this beginner technique will remain a staple through a lifetime of crochet crafting.

    GANXXET is here to help you get more and more wrapped up in your crochet hobby with a huge selection of yarn in materials like wool, vegan wool, bamboo, raffia paper, and more.

    If you’ve mastered the double crochet stitch and you’re ready to expand your skills, keep an eye out on the GANXXET blog for more tutorials and fun project guides in the future. Happy making!

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