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Depending on the type of crocheting you do, you may not need to make the triple crochet stitch very often, but then again, you might! This stitch is the tallest in our stitch tutorials so far. It can be used to create very loose, mesh-like fabrics. It can also be used in combination with other stitches to make different shapes and edges for finishing.
Once you’ve learned some crochet basics, you can learn how to triple crochet. It’s just like making a double crochet stitch, but with one extra yarn over at the start of each stitch. The triple crochet is a good way to learn how to get comfortable with more loops on your hook, as some more advanced stitches build on this skill.
Ready? Let’s begin! To practice this stitch, all you’ll need is yarn and a hook. I recommend beginning with worsted weight yarn in a light color (easier to see and count your stitches), and a size I/5.50mm hook, but use whatever works best for you.
How to Triple Crochet
Step 1: Slip Knot and Chain
To begin, let’s chain 24. We’re going to work our first triple crochet into the 5th chain from the hook, as marked in the photo below.
Step 2: Make Your First Triple Crochet Stitch
Yarn over twice and insert your hook into the 5th chain from the hook. Yarn over, and pull up a loop. You will now have 4 loops on your hook.
Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops (3 loops remaining on your hook). Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops again (2 loops remaining on your hook). Yarn over for the final time, and pull through the last 2 loops on your hook. This completes one triple crochet stitch (abbreviated as tr in US terms).
Step 3: Triple Crochet in the Remaining Chains
Continue to work triple crochets using the steps above in each of the remaining chains, then count your stitches. You should have 20 triple crochet stitches, with a count of 21 for the row when including the first 4 chains we skipped.
Step 4: Keep Practicing!
Once you have worked stitches into the whole chain and have reached its end, you can keep making additional rows to practice. When working with triple crochet, you need to crochet a turning chain of 4 after each row, and then turn your work. So for this practice swatch, chain 4, then turn your work (flip your first row so the back of what you just crocheted is now facing you).
Most patterns will direct you to count this turning chain as a stitch. However, always check your pattern’s notes to be sure. If the turning chain counts as a stitch, you next skip the stitch directly underneath your turning chain, then work triple crochets in each stitch across the row. Lastly, the final stitch of the row is worked into the previous row’s turning chain.
Keep chaining 4, then turning and working stitches across each row as described above. You can make as many rows as you’d like to practice, working on improving your tension and the evenness of your stitches. Getting used to all the loops involved in the triple crochet takes time, so give yourself lots of grace.
If you’d like to see a video about this, try this one by Hopeful Turns. I know you’ll be a pro in no time! You can learn about more stitches and crochet techniques by visiting these Stitch Tutorials and Resources as well. Happy crocheting!
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