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Double Treble Crochet Stitch Made Simple [Video]

Let’s learn how to make a double treble stitch, an elegant and versatile technique. If you have been following my Beginners’ Series, you are already well acquainted with basic crochet stitches. It’s time to level up your game and add a new stitch to your skillset!

What is a Double Treble Crochet Stitch?

This intermediate crochet technique creates tall, elongated stitches with big gaps between them. A characteristic lacy structure adds a nice drape to the fabric, so we commonly use it in lightweight garments.

Crocheters often use double treble as an element in detailed crochet projects, as it adds both height and texture.

This technique is called Double Treble Crochet (dtr) in US terms, and Triple Treble (ttr) in UK terms, so remember to check the differences in the table. In crochet diagrams, it’s usually marked by a T-shaped symbol with three crossbars on the stem.

How to Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step-by-Step

Crochet alongside the video to get the best results.

Video Tutorial for Right-Handed Crocheters

This tutorial will show you how to make a double treble crochet.

Video Tutorial for Left-Handed Crocheters

This tutorial will show you slowly how to make a double treble crochet if you are left-handed.

Written Pattern

Learn more in the article I wrote for YourCrochet.com.

How to work Increases and Decreases with Double Treble Crochet

Let’s learn how to shape the crochet project using this stitch.

Increase – how to 2 dtr in one st

Work two of these stitches in the same base stitch to increase with double treble crochet.

Decrease – how to dtr2tog

To decrease, follow these steps:

  • Start as if you were making a regular double treble crochet.
  • Yarn over three times and insert your hook in the next stitch.
  • Pull up a loop – you should have five loops on the hook.
  • Work them two by two until you are left with two.
  • Yarn over three times and insert your hook in the next stitch.
  • Pull up a loop – you should have six loops on the hook.
  • Work them two by two until you are left with three.
  • Grab the yarn and pull through all three loops at once.

You have decreased using double treble crochet.

Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Watch out for these mistakes and learn how to fix them quickly.

Losing yarn-overs

If you are not yet confident in crochet, working with such tall stitches may be difficult. Double treble crochet stitch requires three yarnovers, which you then work two by two. To make sure you don’t lose track, keep them with your fingers at all times. You can even count out loud to be sure how many yarnovers you’ve already worked.

Tension Issues

Keeping the right tension is crucial for the stitches to look nice and even. Make sure you use the right hook size for the yarn weight you have. When in doubt, try going one hook size up or down to find what feels best.

Ignoring yarn requirements

Choosing the right type of yarn for the project is the only way to ensure the final look will match the original. Going for a different type of material with very different qualities, will affect the look, feel, and drape of the finished project.

If you are not following any pattern and don’t know what type of yarn to choose, go for a medium-weight wool, cotton, or acrylic.

Not checking gauge

A gauge tells you how big your crochet piece will be, so always make a crochet swatch first. Do it especially if you are not using the same yarn brand and hook size as the original. Even if you do, your crocheting style may differ and result in a different gauge, so always check it!

Losing count of rows and stitches

Don’t get lost in count when working with repeatable crochet stitches. If you add some stitches unintentionally, your crochet work will be uneven at the edges. Skipping some parts of the pattern or multiplying elements will result in a distorted piece.

Write down the number of rows, use a stitch marker or a row counter. Count the stitches whenever you finish a row.

Misreading the pattern

Learning how to read crochet patterns is a lesson you shouldn’t skip, so take your time. When in doubt, consult pattern notes or abbreviations table for any unknown terms.

FAQ

What is the difference between double treble crochet and other basic crochet stitches?

The double treble crochet stitch is a very tall stitch that requires three yarnovers. It’s much taller than the single crochet, half double, and even treble crochet stitch.

Can I use double treble crochet for creating intricate lace patterns?

Yes, this stitch will be perfect for decorative lacy designs, as it creates lightweight and airy fabric. Combine it with other basic stitches and experiment to achieve cool combinations.

How do I adjust my tension when working double treble crochet stitches?

First of all, practice making tall stitches and keeping the yarnovers in check. Secondly, match the hook size to your yarn weight, or vice versa. Try using a smaller hook if your stitches are too loose, or a bigger one if pulling the yarn through is difficult.

How do I change colors when working double treble crochet?

You change colors the same way as in other crochet projects. See my tutorial on how to change colors in crochet to learn more.

How do I read a crochet pattern that includes double treble crochet stitches?

Such a crochet pattern will most probably use the abbreviation “dtr” if it’s written in US terms. If you are following a pattern with UK terms, look for “ttr”, or “triple treble crochet”.

What type of projects are best suited for double treble crochet stitches?

These crochet stitches will look best in lightweight summer garments, such as crocher shrugs, beach covers, and lacy tops. You can also use it in market bags and intricate mandalas.

Double treble stitches will look great in combination with other stitches, as they create unique textures or patterns.

Can I use double treble crochet for working in the round to create circular or oval shapes?

Yes, you can use them for circular projects, but usually alongside shorter stitches.

Summary

Add double treble crochet to your repertoire of stitches and use it for various crochet projects. Remember to control the tension, practice working with yarnovers, and you will have no problem with this tall stitch. When in doubt, consult the video tutorials or other resources provided in this article. This versatile technique comes in handy and elevates any crochet creation to new heights of beauty.


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