Advanced crochet techniques: double and treble stitch
Once you've mastered the basics, it's time to master double and treble stitches.
Double crochet is probably the most commonly used stitch; it is hard wearing and durable and the fabric produced has a dense, sturdy feel. It is a very good stitch to use for things for the home, such as cushion covers and blankets.
The abbreviation for this stitch in a pattern is dc. Treble is often used for lacy items, and the abreviation is tr.
Double crochet stitch
Insert the hook through the second chain from the hook and catch the yarn with the hook. Draw the hook through the chain so that there now two loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn around the hook and draw it through the two loops on the hook (one loop remains on the hook).
Work double crochet in each chain in the same way (fig 8).
On the following rows, work the one turning chain then work one double crochet in each stitch of the previous row.
Treble crochet stitch
Wrap yarn around hook and insert the hook through the fourth chain from the hook. Yrh and draw the yarn through the chain (fig 9).
Wrap the yarn around the hook and draw the yarn through the first two loops on the hook (fig 10).
Wrap the yarn around the hook and draw the yarn through the two remaining loops on the hook (fig 11).
One loop remains on the hook.
Work a treble in each chain in the same way.
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