Crochet 101: Treble Crochet
I’m here again with a continuation of my Crochet 101 series.
Continuation, what? Yeah, I know, originally I only planned to have the first four tutorials (see below), but I felt it was remiss of me not to include a few other tutorials to round things out. Soooo three more tutorials LOL.
Most of the patterns and tutorials here on my blog use stitches that build on the basics, so we are walking it back a few steps to the beginning just in case you or someone you know wants to learn crochet from the beginning.
So here’s how things are going to work. Every Tuesday (Tutorial Tuesday, anyone?) for the next few weeks, I’m going to post a new beginner-friendly video tutorial, because I don’t know about you, but I learned best from videos!
Here’s a list of the tutorials I’ll be introducing! And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to come back and update each post with links as soon as those tutorials go live.
- Getting Started with Crochet: Slip Knots, Chain Stitch (ch), + Common Terms
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Treble Crochet (tr)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Finishing Touches
In each of these videos, I take a deep dive into common crochet terms, how to work a particular stitch or technique, and the structure, or anatomy as I like to call it, of those stitches.
In a previous tutorial, you learned how to double crochet. In this installment, I will show you how to treble crochet! In order to be able to treble crochet, it is helpful to be familiar with how to double crochet, which was covered in the third installment here.
Aside from all the stitch names, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the basic terms associated with crocheting. You will see these terms in the photos that follow as well as defined for you below. They are also covered in the videos. I’ll be adding to this list of terms each week as we cover additional material.
Yarn Tail or Yarn End: the literal end of your yarn
Working Yarn: the part of the yarn that feeds directly from the skein (pronounced skane), ball, or cake
Working Loop(s): generally refers to the single loop on a crochet hook between stitches, but can also mean the loops on your hook as you are in the middle of working a stitch
Yarn Over (abbreviated as ‘yo’): the act of wrapping the working yarn over your hook from the back to the front
Top ‘V’: references the top view of a stitch, which looks like a ‘V’
Back Bump: the bottom loop of yarn in a chain stitch, opposite the Top ‘V’
Tension: how tightly or how loosely you work your stitches.
Chain Stitch (abbreviated as ‘ch’): yarn over, pull through working loop
Pull Up a Loop: the act of pulling a yarn over of working yarn through a stitch and up to add an additional working loop to your hook.
Single Crochet (abbreviated as ‘sc’): insert hook into the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop so that you have two working loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.
Double Crochet (abbreviated as ‘dc’): yarn over, insert hook into the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop so that you have three working loops on your hook; yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook; yarn over and pull through both remaining loops on your hook.
Post: the vertical aspect of a stitch.
Half Double Crochet (abbreviated as ‘hdc’): yarn over, insert hook into the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop so that you have three working loops on your hook; yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook.
Treble Crochet (abbreviated as ‘tr’): yarn over two times, insert hook into the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop so that you have 4 working loops on your hook; yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook, three loops remain on your hook; yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook, two loops remain; yarn over and pull through both remaining loops on your hook.
A full video tutorial can be watched on YouTube here.
While much of what I talk about is really best shown to you in a video, I thought it might be beneficial to supplement the video with some photos as well.
PRO TIP: begin each new row of treble crochet with a series of 3 or 4 chain stitches. This allows for the height of a row of treble crochet because a treble crochet stitch’s height is roughly equivalent to 3 or 4 chain stitches depending on your tension. The ch-3 or ch-4 will may or may not count as a stitch in your pattern. The pattern should indicate this one way or the other.
How’d You Do?
You did it! You are crocheting! Woohoo! Keep practicing this stitch and work on that tension, aiming for evenly sized stitches. Want to make a project of your practicing? The drape of treble crochet is beautifully suited for a scarf! Grab some soft yarn like this, this, or this (chunkier yarns work up faster and help you to see your stitches better), then work up a rectangle in double crochet roughly 10″ wide x 60″ long.
Next time, I’ll show you the slip stitch! So practice, practice, and I’ll see you again then!
Until then, happy hooking!
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