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How to Treble Crochet -- Free Stitch Tutorial and Instructions

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Treble crochet stitch is an important basic crochet stitch that you're likely to need for working various crochet patterns. Like every other basic stitch, trebles can be combined with other stitches to make interesting stitch patterns. They can be used in a variety of different ways and worked into many different configurations, including rows, squares, circles, triangles and other shapes.

In this tutorial, you'll first learn how to work a treble crochet stitch. Then you'll also learn how to work treble crochet in rows.

I'm a right-handed crocheter, and I demonstrate the stitch being crocheted with the right hand -- crocheting across the rows from right to left. If you're left-handed, you'll reverse what I am doing and work from left to right across the rows. See also: crocheting left-handed.

Treble Crochet Stitch Fabric

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

Here we have a picture of a crocheted fabric that consists almost entirely of treble crochet stitches; chain stitches are also incorporated into the fabric in the necessary places (at the beginning of the piece, and between rows where turning chains are needed.)

You can work treble crochet in almost any yarn or crochet thread (and there are bunches of other materials you could try.)

If you would like to take a closer look at any of the photos on this page, you can click on the picture to see an enlargement.

Treble Crochet Stitch Instructions

Starting Chain
Starting Chain -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Begin by crocheting a starting chain. Remember how to work a chain stitch? (If not, you are welcome to brush up using the tutorial linked.) To work the treble crochet stitch in rows, you'll begin the work by crocheting a series of chain stitches.

Alternately, there are other ways you can get started; for example, you could crochet your treble stitches directly into fabric. Or you could work them into a piece that you've already begun. If that's what you want to do, you'll skip the starting chain and proceed working your treble crochet into the next stitch to be worked.

 

The first four of your chain stitches will count as your first treble crochet stitch. When you crochet your next stitch, you'll want to work into the fifth chain from your crochet hook.

 

Wrap the Yarn Over Your Crochet Hook Two Times
Wrap the Yarn Over Your Crochet Hook Two Times -- Photo © Michael Solovay

To begin crocheting the next treble crochet stitch, take your yarn and wrap it two times over your crochet hook. There will be three loops on the hook all together, including the active loop you already had; check out the photo at left to see how this looks. (Remember, you can click to enlarge the picture if you need to.)

 

You'll Work Into the Fifth Chain From Your Crochet Hook.
You'll Work Into the Fifth Chain From Your Crochet Hook. Photo © Michael Solovay.

You're going to skip the first four chains from your hook (since those count as the first treble crochet stitch); you'll insert your hook into the fifth chain stitch. In the photo at left, you can see the head of my crochet hook right beside the spot where I am going to insert my hook to work the stitch.

 

Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Here's how it'll look after you've inserted your hook into the fifth chain stitch.

 

Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Next, grab the yarn with your hook...

 

Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress -- Photo &copy Michael Solovay

...and pull it through the chain stitch.

 

Four Loops on the Crochet Hook
Four Loops on the Crochet Hook -- Photo © Michael Solovay

You'll end up with 4 loops on your crochet hook, as pictured.

 

Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress -- Photo © Michael Solovay
Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Wrap the yarn around your hook again...

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