Double crochet (dc)

If you are starting a new pattern you'll begin by making a foundation chain. Chain the number of stitches you want for your dc row plus three. So, if you want a row of five dc stitches you want to begin with eight chains. You will skip the first three chains, which count as your turning chains, and follow the steps below:

Yarn over, insert hook in fourth chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook; Figure 1), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (Figure 2), yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops (Figure 3). *Yarn over, insert hook in next chain, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook; Figure 1), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (Figure 2), yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops (Figure 3); repeat from*.

For subsequent rows:

Chain three and turn to begin next row. *Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook; Figure 1), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (Figure 2), yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops (Figure 3); repeat from *.

You can also get a visual look at the double crochet stitch by watching this video; the dc technique is covered about 2:30 into the video:

 


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