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Learn how to Treble Crochet

Updated July 17, 2023
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Learn how to treble crochet which is a US double crochet with my step by step guide and video tutorial. So if you’re a beginner or simply need a refresh on the treble crochet you’ve come to the right place, as I’ll be teaching you how to master this stitch along with project inspiration using the treble crochet and more techniques to help improve your crochet skills.  

Treble Crochet Swatch
Treble Crochet
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materials and tools

You can apply this stitch with any yarn and hook but in the video I use: 

  • Yarn: I would recommend a DK (Double Knit) weight yarn or an Aran weight yarn to begin with. A few affordable option to get started are Stylecraft Special DK or Paintbox Simply Aran
  • Hook: You will need to look at your yarn label (also known as a yarn band) to see what size hook you will need. The instructions usually give you details for different measurements used around the world, Please watch the video below where I show you where to locate these details. You can also find a handy conversion chart here. In my demonstration, I am using a 5mm aluminium crochet hook.
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors 

Whereas the sample pictured uses Paintbox Cotton DK in colour Blush Pink using a 4mm hook.

In this blog you will learn…

  • How to work in rows
  • How to correct your work
  • How to fasten off
  • How to start and end rows with confidence
  • Treble Crochet project inspiration

Terms and abbreviations

Chain Space(ch-sp)

Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into space, yarn over and pull through stitch and loop on hook

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook.

Treble crochet (tr):Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

How to Crochet: A Handy Reference Guide EBook

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your crochet 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. You can find my EBook HERE.

Before we get started you need to be familiar with the slip knot, it’s personal preference getting your yarn onto your hook so I have 3 ways to help you…

Top tip! Start and end your crochet rows with confidence with this useful technique! 

You Can Crochet with Bella Coco

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how to undo your crochet if it goes wrong

If you’re not happy with your stitches, just take out your hook and pull on your yarn. The stitches will unravel and when you get to the stitch you’re happy with, just pop your hook back into the loop and start again. This is known as ‘frogging’.

treble crochet

  • To begin, we need to chain 12. Yarn over and pull through the loop that is on the hook. Do this 12 times to create 12 chains.
  • For the treble crochet, you will need to work into the 3rd chain from the hook to start. The loop on the hook doesn’t count, so count 3 of the chains. We will be working into the top loop of the chain.
  • Wrap your yarn around the hook and place your finger on the yarn that is wrapped
  • Insert your hook into the third chain and pull through, this will look like 3 loops on the hook
3 Loops on the Hook - Treble Crochet
3 Loops on your Hook
  • Put the yarn over your hook once again and pull through the first two loops on your hook, you will be left with two loops on your hook
2 loops on the hook - Treble Crochet
2 Loops on your Hook
  • Yarn over again and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook
  • You’ve now done your first treble crochet!
1 treble crochet
Treble Crochet
  • To continue, put your hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull through, you will have 3 loops on your hook again
Treble crochet in the next stitch
Treble Crochet in the next stitch
  • Wrap your yarn around your hook, and pull through the first two loops on your hook
Two loops on the hook for a treble crochet
Two loops on your Hook
  • Yarn over the hook once again and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook
A treble crochet stitch
Pull through the remaining two loops
  • Repeat this until you get to the end of your row, count the posts, you should have 10 treble crochets.
A row of treble crochet
10 Treble Crochets

working in rows

  • Chain two, for your turning chain and turn your work over
Chain two to turn your crochet project and start a new row.
Chain 2
  • We need to work into the next stitch along, so not the base of the chain. If you turn your work so you look at the top of it, you will see V’s, and that is what we will be working into
  • Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch, it will look like you have a little V on your hook with another two loops underneath
Insert your hook into the next stitch, there will be a V on your hook.
V on your Hook
  • Yarn over and pull through, leaving you with 3 loops on your hook
  • Yarn over, pull through two and again, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops
  • To do the next stitch, yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch, again you’ll look like you have a V on your hook
  • Yarn over and pull through, you should have three loops on your hook
  • Yarn over, and pull through two loops and then yarn over once again and pull through the remaining two loops
  • Repeat this until you get to the end of your row

the last stitch of the row

When you get to the last stitch of your row, you might be confused as it does look a little different.

Your last stitch will go into the turning chain from the previous row. You may have to pull it out slightly in order to get the hook in.

Finding the last stitch to insert your hook into.
Last stitch in the row
  • Yarn over and go into the chain, yarn over and pull through, leaving you with 3 loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over and pull through two loops and then finally, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.

It’s really important you count how many trebles you have done in each row, remembering not to count the chain two as a stitch. This will stop your work getting bigger and fanning out or getting smaller and becoming misshapen.

Rows of Treble Crochet
A full row of Treble Crochet

Repeat the row two instructions for your next row and continue your treble crochets.

fastening off your yarn

  • Yarn over, pull through and then pull up a loop
Pulling up a loop at the end of your crochet project.
Pulling up a loop
  • Take your scissors and then leaving good amount of yarn, snip the yarn
Snipping the yarn at the end of a crochet project.
Snip the yarn leaving a good amount to sew in
  • Pull out your hook and this will create a knot at the end of your work
  • To sew in the loose end, thread up the yarn into a darning needle
  • Weave in and out the fibres of your yarn.
Sewing in the ends of a crochet project.
Sewing in the ends
  • If you pull your yarn too tight, just pull the other end to pull the yarn back out a little and make sure your work is sitting properly.
Sewing in the ends of a crochet project.
Pull the work so it doesn’t become misshapen
  • Go back the opposite way going into different fibres.
Sewing in the ends of a crochet project.
Work into different fibres the opposite way
  • Thirdly, go down or in the other direction, going through more fibres and hiding the yarn tail within the work.
Sewing in the ends of a crochet project.
Sew down your work into different fibres
  • Take your scissors and snip off your yarn and then do exactly the same with the opposite yarn tail.

video tutorial

If you prefer to follow a video, check out my YouTube tutorial below and don’t forget to subscribe for more crochet basics and projects.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial and blog post helpful and I’d love to see your crochet projects, please tag me  @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

If you love the treble crochet, have you tried the half treble and double treble.

Now you’ve mastered the treble crochet why not try these three projects:

By the Sea Blanket

Why not turn your new crochet skills into a beautiful beginner friendly blanket.

 
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