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“How to…” double crochet (US Single)

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Today we’re going to be learning how to double crochet (US single crochet).

Not only is this stitch important when making blankets but it forms the basis for most Amigurumi projects.

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of making crocheted or knitted soft toys

To make these adorable little guys we would work our double crochet stitches in a series of circles. I’ll discuss this in more detail soon but, for now, we’re going to work our double crochet stitches in straight rows, as we would if we were making a blanket.

For this tutorial I am using:

As always, we will start by making a slip knot and chaining our foundation row. When making a blanket, chain enough to give your desired width and then add 1 more chain – this will act as our first stitch.

Chains for double crochet = (1 x number of repeats) + 1

With our foundation chain made, we’re ready to start our blanket.

Making the double crochet stitch:

Step 1:

Insert your hook into the space.

Step 2:

Yarn over the hook and pull back through the space (leaving 2 loops on your hook).

Step 3:

Yarn over once more and pull through both loops on the hook.

Row 1:

  1. Insert your crochet hook into the 2nd chain from the hook.
  2. Yarn over the hook and pull back through the chain (2 loops on the hook).
  3. Yarn over once more and pull through both loops on the hook.
  4. Insert your hook into the next chain and repeat steps 2 and 3.
  5. Continue working double crochets along chain, working into the very next chain each time.
  6. Once you’ve reach the end of the foundation chain, chain 1 and turn your work anti-clockwise.

Top Tip: Some patterns will suggest turning your work clockwise, I suggest (when the pattern has no preference) turning your work anti-clockwise as this gives a neater edge.

Row 2:

  1. Insert your hook from front to back into the top of the stitch at the base of your chain 1.
  2. Yarn over and pull through (2 loops on your hook).
  3. Yarn over once more and pull through both loops.
  4. Continue working along your row, making sure to work in the very next stitch each time.

Row 3 onwards:

Keep repeating row 2 until you’re happy with the length of your blanket.

To finish off, after completing your final stitch, make 1 chain then cut the yarn and pull it through the chain to make a loop.

As always, i’d love to see what you all end up making, you can share them with me via my instagram @SophieStitches_UK

Happy crocheting!

Sophie

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