Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tutorial - Triple/Treble Crochet!

Triple/treble crochet stitches aren't used as often and single and double crochet, but they are the foundation of an important concept in crochet.  You can make a stitch as tall as you want it to be by adding another yarn over before you begin!

Some folks call it triple and some treble, potayto/potahto.  Both are abbreviated "tc" in patterns.

Just as single crochet starts with a single loop on your hook, and double crochet starts with two loops... you guessed it, triple/treble crochet begins with three loops! 

We create that second and third loops with yarn overs.

Next, we insert the hook under the top two loops of the next stitch in the row below.

Yarn over...

... and pull up a loop.

There are now four loops on the hook.

To remove loops in taller crochet stitches, we always remove them in pairs. 

Begin with a yarn over.

Pull that loop through TWO of the four loops on your hook. Afterwards, you will still have three loops remaining.

To remove the remaining loops, repeat the process. 

Yarn over, and remove loops in pairs until you are left with one loop on your hook.

I worked several triple/treble crochet (tc) so you could see how they look together.

But just as with the stitches we've learned above previously, there are increases, decreases, front loop only, back loop only, even "post" stitches that are worked around the center post of the stitch to create texture.

Here... let me show you!

To expand even farther into quadruple (start with 4 loops on your hook), quintuple (start with 5 loops on your hook), just remember the name refers to how many loops are on your hook when you begin. 

The rest of the stitch is the same, insert and pull up a loop, and remove loops in pairs.  Each pair makes it taller! 

Don't forget to check back in later this week for a free pattern based on triple/treble crochet... Til next time, keep on crafting!

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