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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Beginners Learn to Crochet: The Treble



Welcome back to my next installment in my beginners 'Learn to Crochet Series'. If you have not seen my previous posts in this series do check them out (for one they may answer some of the questions you may have). 


The kit- here
The Slip Stitch- here
The Chain Stitch- here
Double Crochet- here
Half Treble -here

This is the final installment of a 3-part post into the three most common crochet stitches, the double crochet (US single crochet), the half-treble (US half-double crochet) and the treble (US double crochet). This post is focused on the UK treble crochet stitch, abbreviated to 'tr' (which in the US is called a  double crochet, abbreviated to 'dc'). As you will see in the last picture in this post, rows of double crochet give a fairly loose fabric, with quite a bit of stretch. Treble crochet is suitable larger projects as crochet using this stitch grows very quickly, but where you are looking for a stretchier, more gappy stitch. I wouldn't use the treble for hats as I think it stretches too much, nor would I use treble stitches if I wanted to create a solid piece of fabric. The most common use for treble crochet stitches is for granny squares, the tutorial for which is set for release next week. 


To start a row of treble crochet you need to crochet a length of chain stitch. If you don't know how to do this, see this post. Here I have crocheted 12 chain stitches. You will then crochet into these chain stitches to form your half-treble crochet stitches. 

Right, let's go!

When working half-treble crochet, you always start by crocheting into the fourth
chain from the hook, as shown by the needle in the image below. 



These 3 chains at the beginning of your row do NOT count as a stitch. 





1. Wrap your yarn over your hook ('yarn over' in crochet speak) and insert your hook into the third chain stitch (either under one or both 'V's of the chain stitch- see the double crochet tutorial for more guidance on this), wrap your yarn over the hook again and pull through the chain stitches. 

2. You will now have 3 loops on your hook (exactly the same as for half-treble crochet)



3. Yarn over hook again and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook, leaving 2 remaining loops on your hook. 

4. Yarn over hook again and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. You have made one treble crochet stitch! 



Repeat steps 1-4 until you get to the end of the chain. You will have made 9 treble stitches.


Now all you need to do is crochet a few more rows! First you must remember the turning chain. This ensures your piece of crochet will be straight at the ends. 

For treble crochet you need make THREE turning stitches at the beginning or end of each row as shown in the image below:



To crochet the next row flip your work around (either way is fine, as long as you are consistent). The first stitch of the next row is make into the very first stitch as indicated by the arrow and crochet hook in the two pictures below:



Follow steps 1-4, to complete your next row. Crochet, chain, turn, repeat.


This is how your work will look like after 4 rows of treble crochet:


To finish off, snip the yarn....


....... and hook the  yarn through the stitch on the hook to secure....


Viola! Treble Crochet :-)

SSxx

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