The double crochet stitch is arguably the most essential stitch in every crocheters repertoire. It’s used in almost every crochet project at some point, especially amigurumi (soft toys made from crochet). 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 double crochet, watch our Youtube video below.
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.