In this tutorial, we will first review the easy-step process which will allow you to learn the art of double crochet (DC) in under ten minutes. Then, as a bonus, we will teach you how to do foundation double crochet as well as front post double crochet.
It’s a 3-for-1 tutorial! So, let’s get started. . .
How to Double Crochet Stitch
The double crochet stitch, although perhaps not as common as the single crochet and half double crochet stitch, is one of the most effective forms of stitching in the crochet community.
Thanks to Angela for her help on this one — she’s a really great resource for crochet. Check her out!
Let’s take a closer look now how to double crochet stitch:
Step 1: Make a slipknot
For the purpose of making this convenient for those who already know how to make a slipknot, if you do not know how, feel free to check out our “How to Crochet” beginner’s guide to complete this step.
Step 2: Create a chain stitch
In the guide linked in Step 1, you’ll be able to learn how to chain stitch if you don’t know how, as well.
Step 3: Yarn over, through stitch
Once you have a few chains made from your chain stitch, you will then yarn over and slide the needle through your first stitch in the row.
Step 4: Yarn over, pull through loops
After sliding the needle through the first stitch, you’re going to yarn over once more and pull it through with the hook so that there are three loops around your needle like the second picture below shows:
Step 5: Yarn over (again) and pull through
Then, yarn over again and pull the yarn through your first two loops around the needle. This is crucial not to pull through all three.
You should have two loops around your needle if all is done right like in the final photo shown below:
Step 6: Yarn and Pull
Again, we will yarn over and pull the loose yarn through the remaining two loops on your needle. This should result in your first Double Crochet (DC).
You’ll then repeat the same process for the next stitch in your chain’s row.
How to Work the Front Post Double Crochet Stitch (3 Steps)
- Start with your chain and the DC Stitch we just produced.
- Add a second row on another chain and follow the steps in the instructional graphic below.
Remember: A front post double crochet chain is typically shorter than a regular chain.
- Create a third chain but this time do a standard double crochet. You now have the possibility to alternate between FPDC rows and regular double crochet rows for a bit of texture and perspective.
As you will see, the front post double crochet is used to produce a deep raised ridge. Here’s an info-graphic from Creative Jewish Mom to help us out and save all of us some time!
How to Foundation Double Crochet Stitch
Here’s an excellent instruction graphic from Annie’s Craft Store to demonstrate a foundation double crochet stitch:
So, there’s your 3-in-1 double crochet stitch tutorial. If you have questions regarding what we’ve presented, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below.
We’d love to see your progress on the double crochet stitch. Feel free to leave pictures of yours in the comments below as well 🙂