What is a double treble crochet stitch? The name of this stitch is such a mouthful, anyone would think it is an elaborate and complicated stitch! Double treble crochet stitch is also sometimes called Double Triple stitch. Its abbreviation is DT or Dtr.
Double Treble Crochet Stitch
This stitch creates a loose and holey fabric that works up quickly and is useful for lacy designs. This tutorial is for the US version of the double treble stitch. The UK version of the same stitch is called a triple treble.
The double treble stitch makes an extremely tall, elongated stitch. Where you would wrap your yarn over once for double crochet and twice for a treble crochet stitch, for this stitch you need to wrap your yarn over the hook 3 times before you start pulling through. It is, in fact, a very easy stitch to master if you already know the basic crochet stitches.
You always need to know whether your pattern is written in US terms or UK terms. If it doesn’t say anything on the pattern itself, the simplest way to tell which ‘language’ it is written in, is to see whether it includes single crochet (sc) stitches. If it does, it will probably be an American pattern. There is no sc in UK crochet terms. The equivalent stitch in UK terms is a double crochet.
Crochet Conversion Chart Us vs Uk
|sc - single crochet||dc - double crochet|
|hdc - half double crochet||htr - half treble crochet|
|dc - double crochet||tr - treble crochet|
|htr -half treble crochet||hdtr -half double treble crochet|
|tr - treble crochet||dtr - double treble crochet|
|dtr - double treble crochet||trtr - triple treble crochet|
Supplies for Double Treble Crochet Stitch
- Yarn in the thickness and color of your choice.
- Crochet hook in a suitable size for your yarn.
All instructions are written in US terminology.
- dtr=double treble crochet
- sc = single crochet
- dc= double crochet
- ch= chain stitch
- hdc= half double crochet
- st(s) stitch(es)
- sl st= slip stitch
- tog= together
How to Do Double Treble Crochet
- Make your foundation chain as long as you require.
- Make 4 extra chains for turning.
- Yarn over the hook 3 times.
- Insert hook into 5th chain from hook. (Remember don't count the loop on the hook.)
- Yarn over and draw a loop through. (5 loops on hook.)
- Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on the hook. (4 loops remain on hook)
- Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook. (3 loops remain.) You can see the height of your stitch slowly building up!
- Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook. (2 loops remain.)
- Yarn over and draw through the final 2 loops on hook. (1 loop remains.)
Your double treble crochet stitch is complete!
- Continue making a double treble stitch into each chain of your foundation chain.
- *Turn and make 4 turning chains again.
- Then work one double treble crochet stitch into the top of each stitch of the previous row.
- The final double treble will be worked into the top of your 4 turning chains.
- Repeat from* until your fabric is the required length.
If you find that the fabric is too unstable and wobbly, work a row of single crochet stitches between each row of double treble stitches.
Because this stitch creates such tall stitches, it also leaves fairly large gaps in between stitches. This gives an airy, lacy look to this work. For those who prefer a more solid look to their crochet, it is a useful stitch to combine with other stitches.
It crochets up really quickly because each stitch is so tall. If you want to make something with double treble stitches alone, it will be good for making a light, airy summer cardigan, or a lacy shawl or wrap. It makes a handy beach cover-up, a light poncho, or a lacy cowl or scarf. It makes up nicely into quick ‘market bags’ and if you use a fine cotton thread and work in the round, it will make lacy doilies. Another idea is to make a cushion cover in a neutral color, then back the crochet with colored fabric, which will shine through the spaces between stitches.
Double Treble Crochet - Double Treble Clusters
To make lovely long petals or leaf shapes in your work, you can make a double treble cluster. This is really just the same as double trebling 3 stitches together.
- To make the first dtrcl, ch4. (This counts as first dtr.)
- Yo 3 times
- Insert hook into next st.
- Yo, pull up a loop. (5 loops on hook)
- [Yo pull through 2 loops] 3 times. (2 loops left on hook)
- Now leave those 2 loops on the hook. Don’t do that final pull through!
- Yo 3 times
- Insert hook into next st and pull up a lo
- [Yo and pull through 2 loops] 3 times. (3 loops)
- Yo and pull through all 3 loops.
- Your dtrcl is complete.
- The next cluster will be made in the same way with 3 incomplete dtr sts.
If you want a fatter cluster, just repeat with more double treble stitches, leaving the last loop on the hook each time, (i.e. don’t complete the dtr st) until you want to close the cluster, then pull the final loop through all those leftover loops on your hook.
These clusters will need chain stitches between them to make up for turning multiple stitches into 1 stitch. So however many double treble stitches you combine for each cluster, use that many chains in between each cluster.
The double treble cluster has a triangular shape. If you want to make it more of a leaf or petal shape, i.e. more oval, you must work the double treble cluster all into one stitch or space.
Double Treble Crochet - In The Round
Should you want to make a flat circle shape with your double treble stitches, this is how you go about it:
- Start with a magic circle, or a foundation ring of 4 ch.
- 8 sc into the ring. Close with sl st.
- 3 ch+2 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch into each sc. Close with sl st.
- 4 ch+4 ch, 1 dtr, 4 ch into each 2 ch sp.
- Close with sl st into 4th ch from start of round.
- 4 ch+4 ch, 2 dtr, 4 ch into each 4 ch sp.
- Close with sl st into 4th ch of round
- You need to build up the height of your stitches slowly, to prevent buckling of the circle.
- Continue increasing in this way every round, until your circle is the required size.
- Finish off with a round of sc into every stitch.
Double Treble Crochet - Wave Pattern
The most common use of double treble stitches is to combine them with other stitches to create varying heights. Here is an example of this, to make a wave pattern.
- Start with foundation ch38.
- 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook.
- Work this sequence into the foundation ch: 1sc, * 2hdc, 2dc, 2tr, 3 dtr, 2 tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 2sc.
You can see the lovely wave forming already!
- Repeat from * to end of row.
- Ch 1, turn.
- Work 1 sc into each st.
- Change color on last pull through.
- Turn, ch4. (Acts as 1st dtr.)
- Now work the following repeat: * 1 dtr, 2 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 3 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr, 2 dtr.
- Repeat to end of row. Ch1, turn. Work 1 row sc.
- Change color.
- Repeat these four rows until you have worked the required length of your fabric.
You will see that the tall stitches must line up with the short stitches so that the overall height of the fabric is even. This makes a very attractive blanket or tote bag. Lovely in pastel colors for a baby, bright primary colors for an older child, or orange and black to create a tiger stripe effect!
Double Treble Crochet - In Conclusion
Now you can see how easy it is to make the double treble stitch, and how versatile and useful it can be! It is a handy stitch to use when you want to crochet something in a hurry and useful to know how to make when you need to use it in combination with other stitches. It really is one of the basic stitches, and you need no longer be intimidated when you want to make a pattern that contains double treble crochet stitch!