There is something really satisfying about finally “getting it” when you are learning a new skill. All of a sudden everything that you’ve been struggling to do starts to come together, and your pace picks up. Finally, what once required more patience and perseverance gets easier, and things start to really get fun.
This is what I expect will start to happen once you get the hang of your first basic crochet stitch beyond making the chain. Somewhere around the first handful of rows, usually we start to do the stitches without looking at the instructions. Then, all of the movements start to “click” and the steps that we had to think about individually a little while ago start to flow together and our pace picks up. At that point, crochet goes from being that thing that you want to understand at all to something that you start to “get”.
Although it doesn’t matter two much which basic stitch you learn first (they all use the same technique and pattern) I like to teach something called the double crochet stitch first. It’s very easy to see your progress with this stitch but it’s not so complicated that it’s likely to be overwhelming to a new crocheter.
You can see my own tutorial for the double crochet stitch here. If you’re realizing that you don’t yet know how to do a chain, you can find my chain stitch tutorial here and my picks for videos to help you learn the chain stitch here.
Continuing with this idea that both pictures and videos are helpful for learning new techniques, here I’ve compiled four videos on the double crochet stitch. All of these are 1) easy to understand, 2) pretty easy to understand, and 3)not excessively long(the very last one is on the longer side, but I think it’s still a great choice). Between these, I’m sure you’ll find a video to help you along even more with this stitch!
Here my picks for double crochet videos:
1. Crochet Guru
After some quick preliminary info such as explaining the abbreviation for this stitch, our host gets right into demonstrating. Everything is very well-lit and easy to see. I like that she shows how to continue for more than one row so that it is clear how to make a “turning chain”. In addition, she shows how to insert the hook for a stitch below both of the two pieces of yarn in the stitch from the previous row. That probably sounds rather confusing, but if you watch this video it will probably make sense even for a beginner. It’s good to have this pointed out early, in my opinion, because this is one part of crochet that isn’t always covered. Inserting the hook this way makes the stitches nice and strong, too.
One thing that I want to point out about this and other videos, is that there are sometimes differences in how certain things are done. For example, this video(and possibly others in this roundup) we are told to insert the hook for our first stitch into the fourth chain from the hook, and when we start a new row we are told to chain three stitches for our turning chain.
Although this works perfectly well (I actually crocheted a little sample both ways to make sure I could note how they both turn out) I usually do one chain less in both of those places. This means I start double crocheting in the third chain from the hook and make a turning chain only two stitches tall. The reason I continue to do this is mainly because it makes sense when remembering how tall different crochet stitches are: a double crochet is as tall as two chains, and this pattern is true for other stitches as well.
Ok, with that little disclosure out of the way, let me just say that either way is completely fine, and will turn out great work. Just pick whichever way you would like to do it and keep on learning!
I also featured Sewrella in my roundup of helpful videos to learn the chain stitch. She goes rather quickly at first, but then if you slow down she does the double crochet stitches more slowly.
And don’t worry-although Sewrella refers to this as a slightly more advanced stitch, there’s no reason why you can’t learn it before learning the other basic stitches that she references (such as single crochet) In fact, one of the main reasons I think this is the best stitch to learn after the chain is something Sewrella references yourself: you can see your progress more quickly!
3. Crochet 101
In this video, work starts right on the second row. This is great if you really do want to start right away learning how to crochet the double crochet stitch. But, make sure you are at least comfortable with your chain and how to crochet your stitches into your chain first.
This video breaks the stitches into distinct steps and also shows how to insert the hook. Working the stitches is also shown good and close, which is always nice.
4. Happy Berry Crochet
Finally, the last video I’ve chosen to include is from Happy Berry Crochet. This video is on the longer side, but going through the stitch and how to do it still only takes about the first five minutes.
At the beginning of her video, our host explains the differences between US and UK crochet terms(mainly, that stitches have different names and this can cause a lot of potential confusion). She also goes nice and slowly, and explains specifically how to insert the hook into the starting chain.
She only uses one stitch in her turning chain, which is something I don’t usually see. After watching her though and hearing the reasoning behind it, I think I’ll just have to try it myself!
So there you have it-four straightforward videos to accompany you as you learn how to crochet the double crochet stitch. I hope that between all of these videos the process makes total sense to you, and I would love to hear about your progress!
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