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How to Treble Crochet -- Free Stitch Tutorial and Instructions

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Turning the Work

Turn the Piece of Crochet Work Over to the Other Side
Turn the Work Over. Photo © Michael Solovay

The next step is to work back across the row of treble crochet stitches, building your new row on top of the old row of stitches. To accomplish this goal, you'll have to turn your work over to the other side. It'll look something like the picture posted at left.

 

Another Treble Crochet Stitch
Another Treble Crochet Stitch -- Photo © Michael Solovay

You'll work another treble crochet stitch into the top of the stitch you worked in the previous row. Wrap the yarn around the hook twice, insert your hook under both loops of the stitch underneath it in the previous row, wrap your yarn around again, pull it through, and then keep pulling loops through two at a time until your stitch is completed.

From here on out, you can just keep repeating those steps ad infinitum until the piece is as long as you want it to be.

 

Treble Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows
Treble Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows -- Photo © Michael Solovay

When you are finished, end off by cutting the yarn (leaving a long tail for weaving ends in.) Then pull the cut tail of yarn through the active loop and give it a good tug. Then you can weave your ends in if you like.

At left, you can feast your eyes on a photo of the finished treble crochet stitch fabric. Keep in mind that there are zillions of other ways you can use treble crochet stitches; they are endlessly versatile!

Projects You Can Make With Treble Crochet Stitch

Treble Crochet Fingerless Gloves.
Treble Crochet Fingerless Gloves. Photo © Michael Solovay.

You can think of treble stitches in the same way you think of building blocks; feel free to use them in the same way that an architect would use building materials to create different structures. You can turn them into all kinds of interesting projects.

You can use treble crochet stitch to make these simple treble crochet fingerless gloves. They're nothing more than rectangles of treble crochet seamed together with openings for the thumb and fingers -- easy! This is a beginner-friendly pattern, and if you've never crocheted before I think you'll find this is a good starter pattern for practicing your treble crochet.

 

Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Treble stitches are crocheted into pretty scalloped shells in this two-color treble crochet shell stitch edging pattern.

 

Lacy Treble Shell Scarf
Lacy Treble Shell Scarf -- Photo © Amy Solovay

The lacy treble shell scarf involves crocheting a slightly fancier stitch pattern; to work this stitch, you'll be crocheting treble crochets and alternating chains into an appealing shell pattern.

There's also a free dishcloth pattern you can crochet using the same stitch.

 

Flower Applique Crocheted Using Treble Crochet Stitch and Other Basic Crochet Stitches
Flower Crocheted Using Treble Crochet Stitch & Other Basic Crochet Stitches - Photo © M. Solovay

The flower applique pictured at left is another example of a project you can make using treble crochets. The flower petals consist of treble crochet stitches and other basic stitches. This is a super easy project that you might like to use for practicing your treble crochet stitch.

Click Here to Get the Free Crochet Flower Pattern.

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Yarn Information

Simply Cotton Worsted Yarn by Knitpics
Simply Cotton Worsted Yarn by Knitpics -- Photo © Amy Solovay

My sample piece is worked in "Simply Cotton Worsted" yarn by Knitpicks. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite yarns. I've written a detailed project review of this yarn for your consideration if you'd like more information about this yarn.

References

  • The Dictionary of Needlework, An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain, and Fancy Needlework by Sophia Frances Anne Caulfeild and Blanche Saward, 1882


  • The Girl's Own Indoor Book Edited by Charles Peters, published in 1892 by J.B. Lippincott Company of Philadelphia.


  • The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches
    Compiled by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
    1986 Lyric Books Limited
    ISBN# 0 7111 0028 4


  • 300 Crochet Stitches (The Harmony Guides, V. 6)
    1999 Anova Books
    ISBN# 1 8558 5638 7
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