Time to learn to double crochet. I prefer to teach new crocheters to double crochet before single or half double crochet. It’s easier to see the stitches when they are a little larger and you’ll be able to make your first project a bit quicker.
A little side note before you watch
In the video, I tell you to chain 20. If you would like to also attempt the cowl pattern (which starts with 5 rows of double crochet) shown in the video, you’ll need to start with a foundation chain of 22. This will give you the 20 double crochets I mention; otherwise, you will have 18 double crochets per row (and that includes the chain 2).
So, without further ado, let’s learn how to double crochet into the back bumps of your starting chain:
If more words help you, here’s a little more about how to make a double crochet (dc). After making your starting chain, you will be turning it over and will work into those back bumps that run down the center.
First, yarn over your hook with the same hand motion you used to make your starting chain, and then insert the hook into the third back bump from your hook (those last two bumps will form your first double crochet), and hook the yarn with the same motion you used to do your starting chain, and pull it through the stitch. You should now have THREE loops on your hook. Next, yarn over and pull through TWO loops (leaving that third loop on the hook). You should now have only TWO loops on your hook. Yarn over again, and pull through the last two loops on your hook. You should only have ONE loop on your hook. Double crochet completed. Yay!
Now, you’re on a roll! Repeat this step through each of your back bumps. Yarn over, draw up loop, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops. One loop left on hook.
When you get to the end of the row, chain two and turn your work. It’s time for your second row. Yarn over and insert hook into the second stitch, and continue the same way. You should have the same number of double crochets at the end of the row. Counting your chain two as a double crochet.
You’re on your way!
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