The double crochet stitch is arguably the most essential stitch in every crocheters repertoire, it’s a stitch that is frequently used and forms a smooth, firm surface. It’s used in almost every crochet project at some point, especially amigurumi (soft toys made from crochet), so we recommend that learning how to make a double crochet stitch is the first thing you should try once you know how to crochet chain stitch. The best part is that once you’ve mastered how to double crochet, every other stitch should come naturally as it’s just a case of adding and taking away more loops!
In US terminology this would be called a single crochet stitch – we use UK terminology so if you’re looking for ‘how to single crochet’ then this is the same stitch – a UK double crochet stitch is the same as a US single crochet stitch, and in UK terms there is no single crochet stitch. There are a few other stitches which have different names depending on the terminology you use, and you can find out more in our handy crochet abbreviations and conversions guide.
If you need any further help learning how to make a double crochet stitch, you can either watch our Youtube video below or check out our step-by-step how to double crochet picture guide below. And if you’re completely new to crochet, you can find loads of helpful information and resources in our crochet guide for beginners!
How to double crochet (in US terms – How to single crochet)
To make a double crochet stitch, insert the hook under the top two loops of the next stitch on the previous row.
Wind the yarn around the hook (yrh).
Pull the yarn through the stitch, giving you two loops on your crochet hook.
Yarn round hook again, then pull the yarn through both loops. That’s your double crochet stitch made and you’ll have one loop left on the hook, ready to do the next stitch.
For the following rows, turn work and ch1. This is the turning chain (t-ch) and for the double crochet stitch this DOES NOT count as the first dc of your next row.
Many people can get confused with if they’re following a UK or US pattern, so as a rule if ever you see the term ‘single crochet’ used, then you know it’s a US pattern. Similarly, if your pattern ever starts with a ch1 followed by a double crochet stitch, then you know you are almost certainly working from a UK pattern.
When it comes to counting your stitches, this can be done in a similar way as counting your crochet chains – but it does depend on what stitches you are using. On shorter stitches such as double crochet stitches, your stitch will have a similar plait or V shape much like chains on the top of your stitch, so you can simply count these like you would with chains – just make sure you don’t count that ch1 turning chain!