Hey there! Thanks so much for popping by to work on the treble crochet stitch.
Hopefully if you’ve spent any amount on this site at all, you’ll be able to see that my mission here involves helping you to learn crochet and work on fun projects, even if you are really busy. I absolutely love to take people from “I would love to learn to crochet” to “wow, I’m actually starting to get this!”
Any stitch you can learn is going to be helpful for learning to make things. But, the topic of this post is particularly nice if you are looking forward to speeding up your crochet game a little bit. If you like quick wins, think of a project you could do with treble crochet stitches and slightly bulkier yarn. You may be amazed at how fast it works up!
The treble crochet stitch(also called triple crochet) is fun because it progresses quickly. With each row of crochet you complete you get a significant amount of visual progress with your work. This is also the tallest of what I consider to be the most “basic” crochet stitches. Treble crochet gives you the most “bang for your buck” with each row without getting really repetitive with each stitch.
So if you like quick wins, keep going to learn this stitch. Then, consider finding a project you could do with treble crochet stitches and slightly bulkier yarn. You may be amazed at how fast it works up!
It’s also a very versatile stitch. In bulky yarns it can still be dense enough to create a warm project. A perfect example of this is this easy slouchy crochet beanie from Melanie Ham. But, many times smaller yarns worked with treble crochet combinations can end up being beautifully lacy. You can see this at work in this lacy shell stitch scarf pattern from The Spruce Crafts. Like pretty much any stitch you can do, different yarns are going to give you all sorts of different outcomes.
You can see step by step instructions below, and at the very end there will be a video version of this tutorial as well. So, without any further ado, let’s get going!
Treble Crochet Step by Step
Below you’ll find pictures and directions for each part of the treble crochet stitch:
First, you will need to start with a chain. For practice I recommend about 13 stitches. You will “lose” three stitches by skipping them and be left with ten chains to put stitches in. Even thought the number you’d like to start with is completely up to you, I think ten or close to ten is a good amount for practicing any new stitch.
If you don’t yet know how to make a crochet chain, take a look at my crochet chain tutorial.
Also, take a moment to note that the abbreviation for treble crochet is tr. I’ll use the abbreviation a few times in the following instructions just to help you learn it while there are no other stitches to worry about!
Now you are going to yarn over twice.
Next, insert your hook into the fourth chain from the hook, skipping the first three chains. In the picture above you can see the correct chain right there at the tips of my thumbs.
Now yarn over again, Making a total of 5 loops on your hook. You are going to use this loop and draw it through the next two loops. When you are done, three should be left:
Now all you need to do is yarn over and draw through two loops two more times. After the first time repeating that, you will have two loops left:
…And then after doing that one more time, you’re finally done with your stitch!
If you haven’t already learned another stitch like double crochet which uses these same steps, all of this yarning over and drawing through can seem confusing. But, if you persevere for just a few rows of this stitch I’m sure that you’ll get the hang of it. Remember, most of this stitch is just a pattern of yarn over once, draw through two loops.
In fact, this is one very easy way to remember the difference between your stitches. You see, in this triple crochet stitch we repeat that pattern(yarn over, draw through two) three times. In the double crochet stitch, it’s repeated two times. Finally, as you may have guessed, a single crochet stitch only requires you to work that pattern one single time.
Here is what one completed row of my treble/triple crochet stitches looked like:
Below, you’ll find a summary of the steps in pictures, in case it will help you to look at them all in one place again:
1 2 3 4 5 One row done!
And lastly, although I know you’re seeing a lot of pictures here, here is how you would start a new row of stitches using treble crochet.
First you chain three stitches, then after turning your work around, you simply yarn over once and insert your hook right in the top of your last stitch from row one(or whatever previous row you are on). It’s pretty simple, really.
And at last, here is the video version. Enjoy!
Like I said at the beginning, the treble stitch gets things done very quickly compared to the smaller stitches. So, even if it takes you a little longer to get confident doing this taller stitch with a few extra steps, know that it will be all worth it. Just like with anything worth doing in life: the more you may have to work diligently at something, the more rewarding it will be!
Now as always, I would love to see what you make when you are making progress with this stitch. Feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me. And, if you’d like to hear from me with new tutorials and projects, go ahead and sign up for emails. Not only will you get more encouragement and resources from me in your inbox, but I’ll also send you my master list of ideas as a bonus.
Keep up the good work friends, and keep the crafting delightful.