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Treble Crochet: From Basics to Beyond [+ Video]

Let’s continue our journey through the realm of basic crochet techniques. Today’s stop is Treble Crochet, which is tall, elegant and fun to make.

Treble is an essential crochet stitch in every crocheter’s repertoire and a step in the creative journey. All tall stitches add texture and drape to any crochet pattern, so let’s not waste any more time and learn how to treble crochet!

What is a Treble Crochet Stitch?

Treble crochet stitch is often called triple crochet stitch, but it’s the same technique. This technique produces tall stitches and airy fabric with large loops and a great drape.

This technique is called Treble Crochet (tr) in US terms, and Double Treble (dtr) in UK terms. Remember to check the differences in the table. In crochet diagrams, we usually mark it by a T-shaped symbol with two crossbars on the stem.

How to Treble Crochet Stitch Step-by-Step

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Start with four additional chain stitches (turning chain), or work into the fourth stitch from the hook.
  2. Yarn over, that is wrap the yarn twice on the hook back to front.
  3. Insert the hook in the stitch.
  4. Pull up a loop, so that you have four loops on the hook.
  5. Grab the yarn and pull through the first two. You now have three loops on the hook.
  6. Repeat, grabbing the yarn and pulling through the next two stitches. You have two loops on the hook now.
  7. Grab the yarn again and pull through the last two loops.
  8. You’ve made a treble crochet stitch.

Repeat these steps for each stitch across the row, turning your work at the end of each row to continue.

Video Tutorial for Right-Handed Crocheters

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

Video Tutorial for Left-Handed Crocheters

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

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

How to work Increases and Decreases with Treble Crochet

These techniques make shaping possible both in two and three dimensions.

How to 2 tr in one st (Increase)

If you want to increase with double crochet, make two of these stitches in the same stitch.

How to tr2tog (Decrease)

To decrease, follow these steps:

  • Start as if you were making a regular treble crochet, but don’t pull through the last time; you should have two loops on the hook.
  • Yarn over twice and insert your hook in the next stitch.
  • Pull up a loop – you now should have five loops on the hook.
  • Grab the yarn and pull through the first two. Now you have four.
  • Repeat: grab the yarn and pull through the next two. Now you have three.
  • Grab the yarn and pull through all three.

You have now decreased using treble crochet.

Tips for Beginners

If you are starting out, follow these practices.

Start Slow and Learn the Basics

As you will surely soon notice, you can’t rush learning crochet. Going slow and committing to the process is the only way to get confident in this craft.

Practice holding the yarn, working with the crochet hook, and counting the stitches. These building blocks will become the foundation of your practice going forward.

Match the Yarn and the Hook

If you are new to crochet, I recommend spending a little bit of time studying types of yarn and their qualities.

When you choose the material you want to work with, check the yarn label to see what size of crochet hook you need. Remember that the gauge will affect the look and size of your final piece.

Master Turning Chains

With enough practice, you will internalize how many chains you need to start the row. Before it happens, though, always make sure that your turning chain is the right length.

Practice Tension Control

Keeping the right tension is much harder in tall stitches, such as double crochet and treble, than in shorter ones, for example, single crochet. Multiple yarnovers are sometimes hard to handle and require additional focus to master.

If your stitches are too loose or too tight, experiment with the hook size and your crocheting style. You should aim for uniform, nicely shaped stitches.

Keep The Stitch Count

Counting the stitches may be daunting, but it’s simply crucial, especially if you are a beginner. Keep the edges straight, follow the pattern closely, and don’t forget about turning chains (they sometimes count as a stitch!). Choose stitch markers to make counting easier.

How to Fix Common Mistakes

There’s no learning without making mistakes, so let’s see how to fix them quickly.

Problems with Tension

As I mentioned before, inconsistent tension may result in crooked rows, misshapen edges, or uneven texture. These three elements have to work together:

  1. Yarn Weight – if your stitches are too tight, try using lighter yarn. If they are too loose, go for a bulkier one.
  2. Hook Size – if you don’t want to change the yarn, try changing the hook size. Go for a smaller size if your stitches are too loose, or choose a bigger one if you end up with tight ones.
  3. Crocheting Style – even if you match your yarn and hook perfectly, there’s still your natural way of crocheting. Experiment with holding the yarn and pay attention to how hard you pull it.

Misreading the Pattern

To become confident in following written crochet patterns, start with easy projects, such as squares, coasters, placemats, or dishcloths. Choose the projects with additional resources, such as video tutorials or diagrams.

If you make a mistake while following a crochet pattern, unravel your work to this point to fix it. Consult pattern notes to see if there are any terms or abbreviations you need to check again or clarify.

Twisted or Tangled Yarn

Sometimes your yarn is hard to work with – twisting, tangling, or splitting. It makes keeping the right tension difficult.

Whenever possible, start with the yarn end hidden inside the skein, because it helps to avoid twisting. This also prevents the skein or the ball from rolling out somewhere while we work.

If your yarn twists a lot, stop and untangle it periodically, or mount it on a revolving yarn holder.

Too Many or Too Few Stitches

Learn how to identify and count crochet stitches, and it will save you a ton of time in the future. Use stitch markers and double-count every row to ensure you stay on track.

FAQ

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

The treble crochet stitch is much taller than the single crochet, the half double, and even the treble crochet stitch. It requires two yarnovers, which may be quite difficult to master.

Can I use treble crochet to create intricate lace patterns?

Yes, thanks to its considerable height and airy structure, this stitch is perfect for lacy designs. You can use it on its own or with other stitches to create breathable crochet clothes and accessories.

What types of projects are best suited for treble crochet stitches?

Use it in any project that requires a lightweight structure and a nice drape. It works well in crochet accessories, summer garments, ponchos, and decorative mandalas.

Can I use treble crochet for working in the round?

Of course, just like any other basic stitch, you can work it in the round. When you finish a round, simply connect the first and the last stitch with a slip stitch. Don’t forget to make a turning chain to move to the next round.

Can I use treble crochet in combination with other stitches?

Yes, and it’s a fantastic idea. Treble crochet and other tall stitches often appear in combination with other techniques. Mix and match them to see what works best for you.

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

You should find all information in the pattern notes, but most often you’ll find treble crochet abbreviated to TR. This abbreviation may appear in combinations as well. Back post or front post treble (BPTR and FPTR), back loop only treble (BLO TR) – these are all still treble stitches.

Can I use treble crochet for making garments or accessories?

Yes, especially summer crochet garments and lightweight accessories. The airy nature of the stitch makes it a perfect choice for boho crop tops, crochet vests, and triangle shawls.

Summary

If you are looking for versatility, height, and elegance, treble crochet will be the perfect choice. Discover the charm of elongated loops and delicate texture. Craft lace patterns, shawls, and lightweight garments, and find joy in every stitch you make.

Now you can learn how to make double treble crochet and triple treble crochet.


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