Easy Guide to Learning to Crochet

Crochet Instructions for Half-Double-Double and Treble Stitches


Half-Double Crochet

Step 1...Working with an established swatch, complete a row of single crochets, then chain 2 and turn work. This chain-2 will count as the first stitch of the row. Yarn over hook, and insert in the second single crochet of the row below.

Step 2...Wrap yarn over  and draw strand through the single crochet only, 3 loops on hook. Wrap yarn over hook and draw strand through all 3 loops on hook, one half double crochet made. Working in each single crochet across the row (do not skip any stitches), repeat across the row, chain 2 and turn.

Step 3...To begin working the second row of half double crochets, skip the first half double crochet as the work now faces you and repeat across the row, working in the top of each. Work the last double crochet in the top of chain 2 at beginning of previous row (work in the 2 top loops of the chain to avoid a hole in your work), then chain 2 and turn.

Double Crochet

Step 1...Working with the same swatch, chain 3 and turn. This chain 3 will count as the first stitch of the next row. Wrap yarn over hook in the second half double crochet of the row below (under 2 top loops), wrap yarn over again and draw strand through the half double crochet stitch only, 3 loops on hook.

Step 2...Wrap yarn over  and draw through just 2 loops on hook, 2 loops left on hook; wrap yarn over hook and draw strand through 2 loops on hook. One double crochet stitch made. Continue across row to turning chain at the beginning of row.

Treble Crochet
 
Step 1...Working on the same swatch, after completing  the row of double crochets chain 4 and turn. This chain 4 will count as the first stitch of the row. Wrap yarn over hook 2 times, insert hook in the second double crochet of the row below (under 2 top loops). Wrap yarn over your hook and draw strand through the double crochet only, 4 loops on hook.

Step 2... Wrap yarn over the hook and draw strand through 2 loops on hook, 3 loops remain on hook; wrap yarn over hook and draw strand through 2 loops on hook, 2 loops on hook, wrap yarn over hook and draw strand through last two loops on hook, one treble crochet stitch made. Work across row, chain 4, to begin a second row, skip the first treble crochet as the work faces you, work a treble crochet in top of each treble.

Tip; To fasten off, at the end of row, snip yarn leaving about a six inch tail. Wrap yarn over hook and draw the cut end through the loop on the hook. This last step knots the last stitch so the work will not unravel. Weave the cut strand into the back of the finished work. The words "end off" and "break off" are synonymous with "fasten off". All mean that you are finished working with the thread or yarn at this point.

Tip; Correcting mistakes in crocheted work is easy. Simply remove the hook from the work and pull out the stitches until the error is removed. Establish where you are in your pattern and continue from that point.

Tip; If you are left-handed and can't find someone to teach you to crochet, you might consider learning to stitch with your right hand. Keep in mind that even beginning right hand crocheters have a hard time learning to hold the hook and thread. The left hand is just as important as the right hand and the two must work together to produce even and uniform stitches.