Triple Crochet Loops (a.k.a. Treble Crochet Loops) is a fun, easy stitch pattern that forms a 3 dimensional stripe appearance. This looks beautiful both vertical and horizontal and the wonderful texture it creates would be perfect for an Afghan, Sweater, Scarf or simply a Scrubby Dishcloth.
Leisure Arts holds the copyright from a 2002 little book of stitch patterns. However my aunt taught me this stitch pattern in 1961.
If anyone knows the original creator of this stitch pattern, please contact me.
Alternate Names: Extended TR, TR Loops, Tiny Popcorn, Popcorn Stripes, and Double Crochet Loops are the names I've found for this crochet stitch pattern.
This stitch pattern works very well with any kind of yarn that is not too fuzzy, and any crochet hook suitable for the yarn.
In the picture above I used Red Heart Super Saver Economy, 100% acrylic yarn, in Watercolor. And an I/9 5.5mm crochet hook.
To calculate your beginning chain you need to think in multiples of 2, plus 1 at the end. So basically, any even number of chains will work well. Just add one chain at the very end (example: 20 chains + 1 = 21 / 44 chains + 1 = 45).
Pattern Rows: It takes 2 rows to complete the pattern of this stitch. One row is single crochet and creates the loop, followed by a row of straight double crochet.
Before you begin any project, that you want to size, you need to check your gauge. Using the multiples above chain about 5 inches. Work your swatch about 5 inches tall. Now you can measure four inches x 4 inches to get an exact gauge.
How many stitches equal 4 inches, and how many complete pattern rows equal 4 inches. Divide by 4 to find your 1 inch measure, use your one inch measure to calculate your finished project. You can get more information on crochet gauge here.
In a single crochet row, every other stitch ---
Yarn Over 2 times.
Insert hook into the stitch you're going to make the loop in.
Yarn over and pull a loop through. You should have 4 loops on your hook.
Yarn over and draw a loop through ONE stitch.
Yarn over and draw a loop through TWO stitches.
Yarn over and draw a loop through next TWO stitches.
Yarn over and draw a loop through last TWO stitches.
Calculate the number of stitches needed to create your item. Remember that this pattern calls for multiples of 2, + 1 chain (see information above). Also note that your first row will be double crochet so you'll be using the first 4 chains to make your first stitch. If you are creating a fitted garment you may want to add a few stitches to accommodate the beginning.
Chain the number of stitches you've calculated.
Row 1: Double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook and in each chain across.
Row 2: Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet in the first stitch.
** Work a Triple Crochet Loop in the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch. **
Repeat the pattern between the stars (**) until you reach the end of the row.
Row 3: Chain 3 and turn. Double crochet across the row.
Repeat: Rows 2 & 3 until your item is the size you desire. I personally like to end with a double crochet row.
I especially like this stitch pattern when I'm crocheting something from side to side. As you can see it creates a cute 3 dimensional stripe pattern that goes up and down. This becomes a very 'slimming' effect when making clothing.