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Learn Double Crochet

Double Crochet (dc) is FUN because it goes really fast. Its great for making scarves, hats, vests, shawls, is often used in decorative stitching at the bottom of sweaters and is the classic stitch used in most Granny Square patterns. It is well adapted to almost all yarns. Its also very easy to learn and, with a little practice, very easy to use.

The free pattern that goes with this lesson is a His & Hers Crochet Hat. The pattern includes two endings so you can make one for a guy and one for a gal. The hat is a standard adult size - one size fits most - but can be adjusted for smaller or larger heads.

How To Double Crochet

This stitch is basically just pulling thread through an 'extra' loop on your crochet hook. The 'extra' loop is made with a Yarn Over (YO). To begin, start with any 4 ply yarn and an I/9, 5.5mm Crochet Hook.

For Your Practice Piece Chain (ch) 12 stitches.

You will start in the 3rd stitch from the hook (you can review single crochet (sc) to see which one this is).

If you haven't already - take a moment to review Half Double Crochet (hdc). It will help you understand this stitch.

Yarn over (yo), insert your hook in the 3rd chain from the hook.

Yarn over (yo) and draw a loop through the chain (ch). This will leave you with 3 loops on your crochet hook.

Yarn over (yo) and pull that loop through the first 2 loops on your hook. This will leave you with 2 loops on your crochet hook.

Yarn over (yo) again and pull the loop through the last 2 loops on your hook, leaving one loop.

There are two basic positions for stitch location. 1) In the top of the stitch (which looks much like the top of a single crochet (sc) stitch). 2) In between the posts and around the top.

You will also find patterns that tell you to crochet around a post in order to create a texture. Most of these patterns come with a picture to show you your hook placement. For beginners I'm only covering the two basic positions.

This shows where you place your crochet hook at the top of the stitch. Do you see how this one looks a lot like single crochet (sc)?

You could also crochet into the back or front loop of this stitch giving a more ribbed appearance.

This shows where you place your crochet hook if you are crocheting between the posts made by the previous row.

This makes a tighter stitch in height, but also separates the stitches a little, leaving some breathing room.

Your Beginners Practice Pattern

His and/or Hers
Crochet Hat

This quick and easy hat pattern is designed totally for beginners with the intention of allowing you to practice the stitch. There are a lot of things that 'could' be done to improve the hat (feel free to do so), however I just want you to enjoy crocheting, and have something nice when you are done. USA, LLC

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