Learning to Crochet Challenge Day 3: The Double Crochet Stitch

In this third day of our challenge, we are learning another crochet stitch that will take us beyond just a linear chain.

Here’s today’s challenge in a nutshell:

  • The double crochet stitch is created by doing a combination of yarn overs, drawing the hook through two loops at once, and inserting the hook into the right place(each one of our chains).
  • Like most stitches done in rows, we start off by skipping at least one stitch. For what we are doing today, we will skip exactly one stitch.
  • Today’s Goal: Complete one row of double crochet stitches into our chain from yesterday.

I’m going to let you know right away that this might just be the most “challenging” day of our challenge. This is just because in addition to learning a new stitch(one with a few more steps than the chain stitch) we will need to work into the chain of 21 that we made yesterday. Hopefully you will still find everything to be easy to follow, but just know that it may take a few tries to get right.

This is why the goal I have set for you today is only the first row of stitches. For the rest of our challenge we will be working multiple rows. Although this will take you longer(probably) than just doing this first row, it will most likely seem a lot easier with the first row already done.

So with that, I give you the day three video. Notes are below as always but, since this is again a new stitch, you may also want to look at the photo tutorial for it HERE.

Notes From Day 3

How to start this row

Skipping stitches in theory

To start this row, I’m going to have you skip one chain stitch right at the beginning(I explain why in the videos) and for your numbers of stitches to work out “perfectly”(since we are making rows of twenty stitches each), you need to understand how these stitches are counted.

Yesterday I told you that the slip stitch in a chain doesn’t count as one of your stitches. Well, this is true but I want to add a little caveat to that.

Whatever loop of yarn happens to be on your hook tends to be what isn’t counted when we are doing chain stitches and starting a row of crochet.

So, try to imagine that your “uncounted” stitch just moved along with you as you did your chains. Now that you have 21, the loop of yarn on your hook now is the one that doesn’t count. And on the other end, the loop that started as your slip knot is going to count as a stitch that we can use to make a double crochet stitch as part of our first row.

This is how you’ll see me working the first row, and the end result is nice and neat for me.

It also means that you need to mentally skip the first loop on your hook and the first stitch after that to actually have the chain you will use for making your first double crochet stitch.

What’s most important with counting

So now that I’ve explained all that (and please, feel free to just jump ahead and just practice the stitches if this is unclear), I want you to know that getting your number of stitches right isn’t actually the most important thing.

The most important thing is to learn the new stitch and work on creating a row of them. If you end up with the wrong number somewhere after trying as much as you want, don’t get too hung up on it.

I just know that it’s a lot more encouraging to know why things work and how to get good results right away, and for some of you it may really bother you to not get the same results that I am showing. Just focus on learning the stitch itself as the main object for today.

How to work a double crochet stitch

Creating a double crochet stitch uses all of the same motions that you learned yesterday, but in a longer combination. The only additional piece is that we start by putting the hook into a chain stitch for each double crochet stitch that we want to make.

Here are the steps for your first double crochet(again, you can see a whole other post on it in detail HERE):

  • Yarn over once
  • Insert your hook into the second chain (skipping the loop that’s actually on your hook, and the first counted stitch after that)
  • yarn over and draw that loop of yarn through the chain stitch to the front of your work
  • yarn over (you should have four loops on your hook now)
  • Draw your most recent yarn over through the next two loops
  • Yarn over
  • Draw your most recent yarn over through the next two loops again(that should leave you with one loop and poised to start your next stitch.

Finishing this row

Continue putting one double crochet stitch into each chain stitch in your chain. Ideally, you will end up with twenty stitches in your row.

Don’t mistake that first skipped chain for a stitch!

Today’s Goal

Our goal for today is to just get one row done, even if it’s not perfect. We will work more with double crochet tomorrow!

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