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Hi, Kathryn here from Crochet Concupiscence. I’m happy to be sharing a tutorial today showing you how to crochet the four basic crochet stitches that are incrementally taller than the classic treble crochet stitch. Those stitches are the double treble, triple treble, quadruple treble and quintuple treble crochet stitches.
If you know how to do a single crochet then you can crochet any basic crochet stitch. The double crochet is done the same way as the single with an extra yarn over. The treble crochet is done the same way as the double crochet with an extra yarn over. The same pattern is followed for each of the taller stitches.
Although these stitches are taller, and not as common, as the classic double or treble crochet stitches, they are still basic crochet stitches. That means that you can work them using any yarn and crochet hook. In this example, I’m using a worsted weight yarn and a size H crochet hook.
How to Crochet Double Treble (DTR)
Step 1: Yarn over the crochet hook three times.
Step 2: Insert the crochet hook into the work where you want the stitch. Note: If you are making the first double treble into your starting chain then insert the crochet hook into the sixth stitch; the first five stitches in the chain count as the first double treble stitch.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull through the stitch; there will be five loops on the hook.
Step 4: Yarn over and pull through the first two loops, leaving four loops on the hook.
Step 5: Yarn over and pull through the first two loops, leaving three loops on the hook.
Step 6: Yarn over and pull through the first two loops, leaving two loops on the hook.
Step 7: Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops.
That’s your double treble crochet stitch. Repeat steps 1-7 across the row for a full row of double treble crochet stitches. If you want to create another row of these stitches then chain five (which counts as the first double treble) and turn your work and repeat steps 1-7.
How to Crochet Triple Treble (Tr Tr), Quadruple Treble (Quad Tr) and Quintuple Treble (Quin Tr)
For each of these stitches, simply add one more yarn over to the size of the one before it and proceed as usual:
- For the triple treble crochet, start with yarn over 4
- For the quadruple crochet stitch, start with yarn over 5
- For the quintuple crochet stitch, start with yarn over 6
When working the first stitch into the starting chain, insert the hook into the chain in the spot that is the number of the “yarn over” + 3. For example, the triple treble crochet starts with a “yarn over 4” so add three and insert the hook into the seventh chain of the starting chain.
Similarly, if you need to create a turning chain at the beginning of a new row, it should be as long as the yarn over + 2, so the starting chain for a triple treble will be 6 chains long.
These tall crochet stitches can add an interesting new element to basic items. For example, use them to make simple scarves that work up quickly. A row of quadruple treble or quintuple treble at the bottom of a project can also serve as faux fringe. Have fun playing with these stitches!
Kathryn Vercillo is the blogger behind Crochet Concupiscence and the author of the book Crochet Saved My Life. She used the triple treble crochet stitch in this infinity scarf pattern. Learn more about Kathryn from her designer interview.