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How to Crochet: Double Crochet

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Learn how to crochet the double crochet stitch. The double crochet (abbreviated dc) stitch is one of the most common crochet stitches. This stitch is about twice as tall as the single crochet and half-double crochet but without the bulk of the half-double crochet.

This stitch creates a fairly solid but not stiff fabric and is great for almost any crochet project. Below are the directions for a small sample project.


  1. Begin by making a chain of 12 chain stitches (ch 12). The first 10 chain stitches make your foundation chain; the last 2 make your turning chain.

  2. Yarn over the hook (yo) and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook. Remember to yarn over from back to front.

  3. Yarn over the hook and gently pull the wrapped hook through the center of the chain stitch, carrying the wrapped yarn through the stitch. Now, you should have 3 loops on your hook.

  4. Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the first 2 loops on your hook. Now you have 2 loops on your hook, one new and one original. This step begins the actual double crochet (dc) stitch.

  5. Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the last 2 loops on the hook. Now you just have 1 new loop on your hook.

One double crochet (dc) stitch is complete.

To finish your first row of stitches, work 1 double crochet stitch in each successive chain stitch across the foundation chain, beginning in the next chain of the foundation chain.

You should have 10 double crochet stitches in Row 1.

Chain 2 (ch2). This places you at the correct height for the next row and makes it easier to turn.

Turn your work so that the back side is facing you. Turning your work allows you to start on Row 2.

Repeat Steps 2 though 5 for each of the next 10 stitches. You should have 10 double crochet stitches in Row 2 plus the turning chain. Repeat these steps for each additional row. Do not create a new stitch in the turning chains or you will add a stitch to the row. Continue until you feel comfortable working this stitch.

Fastening Off

After the last stitch, cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch end. As you do when you take your crochet hook out for a break, draw the hook straight up, but this time draw the cut yarn end completely through the stitch. Pull the 6-inch end to close.

Notes: Some patterns have you skip the first stitch of the row after the turning chain to reduce the added bulk of the turning chain. Do not crochet into the turning chain unless indicated in your pattern. Be sure to count your stitches frequently to make sure that you haven’t inadvertently gained (or lost) any stitches along the way.

To learn how to create a single crochet just follow this link:

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