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Updated June 1, 2023

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The double crochet stitch known as single crochet in the US is possibly one of the most popular crochet stitches as it is often one of the first stitches you will learn when starting to crochet. The double crochet is a neat, dense stitch that creates a simple but beautiful texture, looking identical on both sides which is great if you want to make a blanket or scarf that will be seen on both sides. For those of you who love amigurumi you’ll also use this stitch a lot! So in general the double crochet is a great stitch for beginners to master.

a swatch of UK double crochet using three colours of yarn in paintbox cotton dk in colours: pistachio, vanilla cream and blush pink. The swatch of double crochet is lay on a marble background with a green trailing palm tin the top left corner of the image.
Double Crochet (UK) Single Crochet (US)

Pattern use ideas

  • Amigurumi
  • Blankets
  • Hats & Scarfs
  • Home Accessories
  • Garments
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An image featuring a bowl of pastel colours yarn set to the left of the image. To the right of the image is a ball of cream yarn with an Athena crochet hook above the ball of yarn lay on a marble background.
Paintbox Cotton DK Yarn

MATERIALS & TOOLS

Double crochet is a versatile crochet stitch and looks great in all types of yarns. However, if you are a beginner I recommend starting with a DK or Aran weight yarn along with the corresponding crochet hook, you will find this information on the band of your selected yarn.

I have used:

Yarn: I used Paintbox Cotton DK in colours pistachio green, vanilla cream and blush pink.

Hook: I have used a 4mm Athena Hook

Darning Needle

Scissors

front and back views

a swatch of UK double crochet using three colours of yarn in paintbox cotton dk in colours: pistachio, vanilla cream and blush pink. The swatch of double crochet is lay on a marble background with a green trailing palm tin the top left corner of the image.
Double Crochet Front View
The back facing swatch of UK double crochet using three colours of yarn in paintbox cotton dk in colours: pistachio, vanilla cream and blush pink. The swatch of double crochet is lay on a marble background with a green trailing palm tin the top left corner of the image.
Double Crochet Back View

PATTERN NOTES

Written in UK terms

This pattern gives you the basic principles for double crochet, designed to help you create your own projects.

Video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.

Rotate through colours A, B & C changing colour every 2 rows on the last pull through of the last st.

The video tutorial only uses one colour yarn.

Terms and abbreviations

Chain(s): Ch(s): Yarn over and pull up a loop.

How to Crochet: a handy reference guide

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. Learn more about the eBook here.

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Double Crochet Stitch Pattern

Foundation Chain: Ch 47

Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn [46 sts]

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), dc in first st and across. Turn.

Row 3-59: Repeat row 2.

Fasten off. Sew in ends.

VIDEO TUTORIALs

right handed video tutorial

left handed video tutorial

Well done on learning how to double crochet! I hope you found the free pattern and video tutorial helpful?

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a swatch of UK double crochet using three colours of yarn in paintbox cotton dk in colours: pistachio, vanilla cream and blush pink. The swatch of double crochet is lay on a marble background with a green trailing palm tin the top left corner of the image.

Learn How to Double Crochet

Materials

  • Yarn: Any weight
  • I have used Paintbox Cotton DK in colours pistachio green, vanilla cream and blush pink

Tools

  • Hook: 4mm
  • OR corresponding hook size recommended for your choice of yarn
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Foundation Chain: Ch 47
    2. Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn [46 sts]
    3. Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), dc in first st and across. Turn.
    4. Row 3-59: Repeat row 2.
    5. Fasten off. Sew in ends.

Notes

Written in UK terms / US - Single Crochet

This pattern gives you the basic principles for double crochet, designed to help you create your own projects.

I have demonstrated this stitch in the images changing colours, rotating through colours A, B & C changing colour every 2 rows on the last pull through of the last st.

The video tutorial only uses one colour yarn.


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