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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Learn to Crochet: Part 3- Double Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial}

Welcome to Part 3 of my Learn to Crochet series.
Feel free to look back at Learn to Crochet: Part 1- Getting Started {Crochet Along Tutorial} and Learn to Crochet: Part 2- Single Crochet Stitch {Crochet Along Tutorial} if you missed them.
Today we will be working on 6 inch squares for our crochet bag. You should be pretty comfortable with the single crochet stitch by now, so we will move on to the double crochet stitch.



The double crochet stitch is just like the single crochet, only.... are you ready for this?....
Double.
Yup. It's true.
Okay, there is a teeny bit more to it, but it isn't difficult.

Like before, I will begin by explaining the double crochet stitch. Next, there will be a photo tutorial. Finally, I will show you how it would look if you were reading the instructions off of a pattern.

For our bag, we will be making 4 double crochet squares.

Double Crochet (dc):
  1. You will begin with a foundation chain (ch). For this pattern (patt), we will chain 20 (ch 20).
  2. Yarn over (YO) hook and insert hook into the fourth chain (ch) from the hook.
  3. Yarn over (YO) hook and pull it through the chain (ch) stitch (st). You will now have 3 loops (lps) on the hook.
  4. Yarn over (YO) hook and pull it through 2 of the loops (lps). You will  be left with 2 loops (lps) on the hook.
  5. Yarn over (YO) hook and pull it through both of the loops (lps). You will  be left with 1 loop (lp) on the hook.
  6. Continue working a double crochet (dc) in each chain (ch). When you get to the end of the chain (ch), you will have 18 double crochet (dc) stitches (sts).
  7. Now we will work the next row. Turn your work, and chain 3 (ch 3).
  8. Insert your hook into the second stitch (st) from the previous (prev) row {you skip the first stitch, because the chain 3 (ch 3) counts as your first double crochet (dc)}, and work a double crochet (dc).
  9. Continue working a double crochet (dc) in each stitch (st).
  10.  Now repeat steps 7-9 for row . When you get to the end, work a double crochet (dc) in the top chain (ch) that you skipped at the beginning of the first row.
  11. For row 3, repeat steps 7-9. When you get to the end of the row, you will work your last double crochet (dc) in the top chain (ch) of the turning chain 3 (ch 3) that you made in the previous row. {This is the chain 3 (ch 3) that I said counts as the first double crochet.}
  12. Now, just repeat steps 10-11, until you get the desired length. For the square, we will work 9 rows.
You will begin with a foundation chain (ch). For this pattern (patt), we will chain 20 (ch 20).
Yarn over (YO) hook and insert hook into the fourth chain (ch) from the hook.

Yarn over (YO) hook and pull it through the chain (ch) stitch (st). You will now have 3 loops (lps) on the hook.

Yarn over (YO) hook and pull it through 2 of the loops (lps). You will  be left with 2 loops (lps) on the hook.

Yarn over (YO) hook and pull it through both of the loops (lps). You will  be left with 1 loop (lp) on the hook.
Continue working a double crochet (dc) in each chain (ch). When you get to the end of the chain (ch), you will have 18 double crochet (dc) stitches (sts).


Now we will work the next row. Turn your work, and chain 3 (ch 3). Insert your hook into the second stitch (st) from the previous (prev) row {you skip the first stitch, because the chain 3 (ch 3) counts as your first double crochet (dc)}, and work a double crochet (dc).Continue working a double crochet (dc) in each stitch (st). 
Now repeat this step for row 2. When you get to the end, work a double crochet (dc) in the top chain (ch) that you skipped at the beginning of the first row.
For row 3, repeat the same steps as row 2, until you get to the last stitch (st). When you get to the end of the row, you will work your last double crochet (dc) in the top chain (ch) of the turning chain 3 (ch 3) that you made in the previous row. {This is the chain 3 (ch 3) that I said counts as the first double crochet.}

When you get to the end of the row, you will work your last double crochet (dc) in the top chain (ch) of the turning chain 3 (ch 3) that you made in the previous row. 

Continue working a double crochet (dc) in each stitch (st).
Now, just repeat steps 10-11, until you get the desired length. For the square, we will work 9 rows. Don't forget to make three more when you are finished.



6 Inch Double Crochet Square
Make 4
Supplies:
Size J crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn

Pattern:
Ch 20
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook. dc in each remaining ch. Turn. (18)
Row 2: ch 3, dc in 2nd st from hook, dc 16, dc in the top of beginning skipped ch 3. Turn. (18)
Rows 3-9: ch 3, dc in 2nd st from hook, dc 16, dc in the top of turning ch 3. Tur.n (18)
FO, weave in ends.

Double Crochet Square. Disregard the lavender edging. We will learn this in part 5.


When you are finished, make 3 more double crochet squares. We will need 4 for the bag.

When you are ready, go on to : Learn to Crochet: Part 4- Half Double Crochet Stitch 


Happy Crocheting!

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