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Crochet Wave – Double Crochet Stitch

October 24, 2019

In today’s tutorial let’s learn how to do Double Crochet when it comes to wave chevron’s or ripples. Whatever you wanna call it is gonna go up and down. Right here that you see is double crochet and I’m gonna show you how to do it. Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well as In today’s tutorial I’m going to be able to show you the stitch that I just talked about and what we have is an example of all of the stitches being used at the same time in a particular sample. So what I’ve done with the white here those are all the single crochets, so we have Double Crochets, Half Double Crochets. We have Criss Cross, we have Bobbles, Front Post, Modified Front Post Trebles here, we have the Herringbone Stitch here, and then we have the Seed stitch right here in the back. In today’s tutorial I’m going to be covering the particular stitch that is listed in this particular video. I’m going to show you how to do it but this is example how all of those particular stitches can work together in order to create a really amazing afghan. Now this afghan does have a front and the back side. You can also use this particular kind of sample for doing scarves and really the sky is the limit and in today’s tutorial I’m gonna explain a bit more about how you can customize this in order to do a project of your own. So here’s what it looks like and we have our example it’s going up and down and this is just a small swatch. So I had to do a small swatch in order to figure out all the math for you. I have figured this all the way up from a scarf size just like this all the way to a king size afghan. I’ve done the math for you to tell you exact chain count. But I want to make this an educational video because it’s just easier to give you that information but if you don’t really understand it then what’s the point right as a video tutorial. So what we have is that each chevron equals a certain amount of chain stitches and in my particular pattern 28 chains will take you from one point all the way to the next just like you see here. And so then we have side edges that are a portion of just a section of each side. So what we have here in order to get one chevron you have to do 28 chains and then to stay in balance you have to add an extra 18 to your, to your list. So what we have here is that if you were ever to customize this and say that you wanted to do a different size you would, you would crochet in multiples of 28. So for example let’s say I wanted three chevrons. You would go three times 28 stitches. Okay, tha’ll give you a certain amount and then you will add 18 extra chains at the end of that in order to stay in balance. So it’s just a very easy way. Now on my website I have figured out all those particular, uh chains to start for all of them. Now you’re gonna think to yourself wow some of those chains are huge and they are huge. But you have to compensate that when you go up and down like so is that it’s not really like a hundred chain straight across its if you did a hundred chains across it would be longer but because you are going in an up and down motion you need more chains in order to maintain that, that and that’s why that there’s so many extra chains. So on my website I have all of that information for you. But if you wanna customize it the secret answer is 28 for every one of the chevron’s and then you just have to add 18 chains at the very end in order to get your sides to be equal. You should also keep in mind that this afghan sample is a one sided sample. Not all of these stitches look great on the other side. So the Bobble Stitch for example it does not exist on the underside. Okay, you’ll see that it’s completely flat and also with the Criss Cross the Criss Cross appears better in the front side than it does in the back side. So when you’re doing this particular project I’m going to be telling you what is your front side and what is your back side so that you can know exactly where to start. Some of these stitches you have to start on the back side. It’s called the wrong side, technically in crochet, but you have to start on the back side. For example bobbins or bobbles like this only appear on the opposite. So as you crochet the bob, bobbles pop in behind. So if I was to bobble along here in this direction the bobbles would appear on the back side. So every time I do a bobble I actually have to work on the back side so that it does pop out to the front side. So some of these stitches are just like that the Herringbone is like that the Modified Front Post Trebles are like that, uh a lot of the Half Double Crochets, Single Crochets and um, double or Double Crochets, did I say that already those don’t matter but you have to just be conscious. So in the particular pattern I’m about to show you I’m going to have you mark what is the front side, what is the back side. So that if you have to adjust and you have to know that then you’ll know it right from the very beginning. So let’s just quickly review. It’s gonna be a 5 mm, size ‘H’ crochet hook. I’ve used Caron Simply Soft to through out this whole thing. The beautiful colors are from that particular line. So this is going to be a generic intro on all of the eight different videos because I’m going to show you how to get started. So you’ll see here the blue is how I got started. You can see I did a perimeter in white so that’s kind of a added in afterward but all of the, the intros for all of these eight are exactly identical and then once we start from that point we’re going to then take you through all of the different examples and those are each listed as an individual video because you may not want to mix it and match just like so. This is also part of the Stitch Is Right Game that we’re doing on YouTube as well as Facebook and we’re just having fun at mixing and matching stitches at random and that’s how this sample has come to be. So without further ado let’s move on to the example that we wanna teach you in today’s tutorial. So let’s get started we’re going to get you to do the first layer, and it will be the chain plus We will also start then the double crochets and then from this point, then forward we then move on to the example that is listed within today’s tutorial. And insert that onto my hook So we have in the instructions in our website all the different chains that you would need for your size a project that you want to go but today I’m going to show you a swatch sample. So as I mentioned there’s 28 chains in one chevron plus 18 and that’s what I’m gonna do today. So I’m just going to chain 28. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. So in 28 this is one chevron. Okay, this is without any sides on it at all. So that’s one chevron. So I said that there has to be sides on it. So we’re going to add another 18 chains. So let’s add 18, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. So if you were doing multiples, so you would have done multiples of 28 and at the very end you’ll add in your 18 in order to keep it in balance. So now I have one chevron, and I have the enough chains to do both sides of the project. Let’s move on to the next step. So now that you’ve gone all the way across we’re now going to start and we’re gonna get our chevron to be working right away. So we’re going to count back from the, uh, to the fourth chain so count under, so 1, 2, 3 and 4. Turn the chain over and get the back hump only and double crochet into that and this will create a beautiful finish on the other side of the on the bottom in double crochet. So the chaining of three and the double crochet would count as one stitch into the same one and this matters down in the future. So the next five are going to be one double crochet each so let’s count that out loud, So 1, and 2 and 3, 4, and 5. So what I like to do when I’m in this particular stage I like to look at it. So the first two are together, they’re into the same stitch. So there should be five double crochets by themselves and there are. So that is going to be the side so that this is going to be the side in, in a down direction like this. The next three are going to be three double crochets together. So how to do that is that you wrap the hook and going into the next chain is that going in yarn over pull through, yarn over pull through two loops and then hold and you’re gonna do that two more times. So yarn over go to the next stitch in, yarn over pull through, pull through two and hold. So now you got two there. You gotta do it one more time. Yarn over pull through, pull through two and hold. You should have four loops on your hook and you’re gonna yarn over and pull through all of those loops and so now three double crochets just became together as one. And this is going to be the coming down and then turning and going back up in the other direction like that. So that’s how you do three together. The next 12 on your chain are going to be each double crochet and let’s count that out loud, so we have 1, 2, 3, and 4 and 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. So this will always exist when you’re going in an up direction. So if your chain was a lot longer every time that you finish a three together the next section will all be 12 by itself and I like to just double check and count. So I got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. So once you get your 12 in the next one will be three double crochets into the same one and this is the top of the chevron. So every time you get to the top of a chevron there will always be three double crochets when you’re moving across the first row. So every time you’re gonna move in the down direction now and until you get to the other side is that there will be 12 double crochets by themselves. So we went up the other side with 12 going up, but now you’re gonna go 12 going down, so that was 2, 3, this is 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. So do you get that? So every chevron going in the up direction is gonna have 12 by themselves. At the top you’ll have three into the same one, and there’ll be 12 going down the other side. So I’m gonna count that 12 going down. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. So now we’re at the bottom again. So the next three are going to be three together. Okay, and you just do it how I showed you before. So you just gather them up and the three will be together. So if your chain’s a lot longer the next section what would be going 12 going back up and then your three at the top and then 12 going back down and you keep doing that until you get to the last little section just like this. So what you’re going to do then in the final here is that the next five will be one double crochet each, so 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and this will leave you with one extra stitch which you’re supposed to have and the final that you have will have two double crochets in it. And if I can just grab your attention before you take off on me here so at the very first to remember how we did that chain three and the double crochet counts that one, so on the other side the two being in there counts um into one stitch as well. So this is what it will look like but your sample would obviously be a lot longer but you have the up and down motion now ready, and now we can move on. Before we move on what I want you to do is that I want you to grab a spare piece of yarn, and that spare piece of yarn is going to act as a stitch marker. So using a piece of stitch marker and just, just a piece of yarn what I want you to do the side that you just want to cross on I want you just in the edge here and I want you just to insert your hook in behind just a piece of the strand and just bring the yarn through. And this is just a stitch holder. This is just going to tell you that every time you do anything you will know what is the front side and what is the back side because once you get onto these projects sometimes it gets really confusing, what is front and what is back, okay? So this stitch marker right in the front will always tell me that this is always gonna be the front side. The next part of this tutorial we’re going to start and you’re either gonna have to watch out for the stitch marker whether it’s on the front or the back side and some of these stitches it doesn’t even matter, but just do that because it just makes it a lot more sense. So let’s move along and do the next part. So I’m getting my next yarn ready, and I want to create a slip knot and I wanna show you so where I left you is that I was still attached to the other side but I fastened off for this just to make it easier for those that are playing the stitches right game. But if you are not to change color then you would just simply turn the work and follow my instructions. But in this case because I’m kinda doing the Stitch is Right Game I’m gonna show you how to start this one. So you’re going to be noticing that whenever you start this for the double crochet for the Stitch is Right Game look for this stitch marker to be on the front side of your work. Let’s carry on and going into the turning chain just right in the very beginning like this, and we want to attach our yarn and we want to chain three so 1, 2, 3 and that counts as a double crochet. Into the same stitch I want you to double crochet one more time. So each time on the ends there’ll always be two double crochets whether it’s on this side, or the other side. It doesn’t matter both sides we’ll get it. The next five will be by itself. Four double crochets for five so let’s count those out. So 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Okay, so I’m just gonna move this out of the way and put it into the back. So the next three are going to be together. Now I know that it’s the next three. I can tell because I may experience but I also wanna show you why. See how these three are grouped together and there’s the empty stitch the next one here, and there’s a next one here. So the next these three are going to be grouped together in one so it’s a three together double crochet. So wrap and hook going into the next stitch pull through, pull through two and hold. Going, wrapping the hook again going into the next stitch pull through, pull through two and hold. Wrap the hook again going into the next stitch pull through, pull through two and hold you have four loops left on your hook yarn over and pull through everything. So whenever we go in the up direction throughout the entire thing up until we get to the other side is that it’s always gonna be 12 double crochets sitting by themselves. So let’s do that, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 and 8, 9, 10 11 and 12. So 12 or by themselves. So I would double count that just to make sure, just, just to make sure when you’re getting started to start you’re familiar with it. But I know that I’m in the right particular stitch as I’m going all the way across. So if you pull this apart do you see how three or buy them sell or three are into the same one. My twelfth there is on the first one of the three the next one is the exact middle and that one will have three double crochets right in that one. So one 2 and 3. And now anytime you move in the down direction throughout the entire thing so going up there’s going to be twelve. So going down there will be twelve as well, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. So now I can tell that I’m in the right spot. So if you pull it apart, you’ll see that there’s three together, so that’s the empty stitch right here, there’s an empty one here and here. So I know that I’m gonna be right in the center again. So I’m going to wrap and the next three are going to be together just like I showed you before. So wrap it through, pull through two and hold and keep gathering those stitches until you get four loops on your hook yarn over pull through like this and now you would go up 12 if you’re continuing to go across at the top you’ll put in your three and when you come down you’ll be putting in your 12. On your edges what we’re going to do is that there’s gonna be five by itself. So five double crochet is a 1, 2, so I’m moving up 3, 4 and 5 and there will be two double crochets into the final turning chain, at the top of the turning chain. So put in two double crochets there and that be how you would complete one row. I’m going to turn around and show you how to do the row going back as well. So let’s turn our work and go in the other direction. So we’re just gonna turn it, and we just simply chain three. So 1, 2, 3 into the same stitch for a double crochet so that just makes you have your two on the edge which we need and now the next five are going to be by themselves. So 1 2 3, 4 and 5 and now the next three are going to be together. So you can see that these three are together. There’s the stitch, there’s an empty one and there’s the other empty one. So the next three are together. So if you can identify your ups and downs you don’t really need to count. So let’s go back up in the other direction there’s gonna be 12, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 11 and 12. And then once I get up to here so you have your three in the middle, you can see the first one has the 12th one, but the one in the middle is still empty and that’s the one that’s gonna have three double crochets. So you will do your 12 double crochets always going in the up direction, and then one right at the very top will have three and then coming down the other side there will be 12 as well, so 12 moving down. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 11 and 12. So I can look at it here am I right, of course I’m right because I can see the middle one here there’s the one, there’s the one on both sides. So I know I’m in the middle even without having to count so I technically would not have to count. I would trust in myself. Okay, so the three are together and then I, so you’ll be going up then 12 if you’re carrying along at the top you’ll put in your three and then coming down you’ll put in your 12 on the edge there will be five by itself. So 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. and don’t forget you still have two more stitches to put into the turning chain right at the end and you’ll just put in two double crochets there. So if you’re gonna carry on with double crochets you just simply turn our work in chain up two and then just begin or chain up three sorry and just begin and this is what you would do for double crochets when it comes to doing waves or chevron’s using this particular pattern. Until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of The Crochet Crowd as well as We’ll see ya. 👋


  • Reply Sara Pearson February 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    With the starting portion (green) and the double crochet (blue) – it's essentially two rows of dc right? I'm not doing the stitch is right, but I want to use this pattern to make a blanket that is two colors. Several rows of dc in one color with some rows of sc in another color. Just trying to figure out how to get started.

  • Reply Lylly Oggass May 27, 2016 at 5:39 am

    this is the best video I have watched to finally get my blanket started. I love how you explain everything and your video is clear. thank you.

  • Reply Moon Glow June 6, 2016 at 1:26 am

    I wish you would lay your work flat more often.. I'm so confused

  • Reply lalababy989 June 30, 2016 at 3:29 am

    My work is shrinking and I can't figure out why. It's on the edges I'm losing a stitch every row.. Help!!!

  • Reply bell cndle October 15, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Ok new to crocheting the chevrons are pointing in different directions 😫

  • Reply Mary St. Pierre December 16, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Thank you for sharing this chevron stich, you make it look easy, I hope that I can do this stich as well as you

  • Reply Jeannie Landon February 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Mikey I love you so much but my chevrons look horrible! It seems that it just wants to go straight then up then straight then up, there is no down! Also have a hard time going into the back humps! so frustrated because I love this blanket and I know how to do the stitches! Help please!

  • Reply Delores Clary March 11, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Hi, I am a senior and have been crocheting/knitting since I was a child. Have made Spider-Man, doc mcstufffin, etc. this pattern stumped me. I have over 300 chains and have done three rows twice. They did not look correct and so I took them out. Thanks to your video, I believe I will be ok. Thanks MUCH . Your act of kindness will never be obliterated.

  • Reply bernadette pynn March 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    your a good teacher! Thanks for showing us how to make this pattern.

  • Reply Lucille Desiano April 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Hi, I'm doing the double crochet chevron as seen in this video. I am doing it in 4 colors. I would love to do a section in granny stitch. Do you know the math for the 28 count?

  • Reply Andrea Lanfranco May 13, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Yay Mikey! Lol

  • Reply Hannah davis May 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    can you do a hook case tutorial

  • Reply Pamela Osborne June 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Intro to crochet

  • Reply Lourdes Romo August 17, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Me encantaría en español el tutorial.Saludos.

  • Reply Brenda Bradley November 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    One of the best tutorials I have seen. Very easy to understand.

  • Reply Lucineia Schneider November 14, 2017 at 12:11 am


  • Reply Martha Merrill January 7, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Thank you for this video tutorial. I want to make afghans and this pattern is easy to follow.

  • Reply Cheryl Zamora January 15, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Hi Mikey just want to say I love this pattern and you are so easy to follow will be making a blanket out of this for sure. Thanks

  • Reply our nova scotia adventure January 15, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Love this guys videos, make it make sense. Thumbs up

  • Reply Sharon Price January 27, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    thanks for sharing will give this a try making a baby blanket so stitches will be less

  • Reply Carey McAferty January 28, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I ❤️ u! You are sooooo good at teaching. Thank you for the tut!

  • Reply Destini Murphy February 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    In the link for child's blanket. It says so many stitches. I forget off hand. But. Does that INCLUDE the 18 extra? B ecaise I just worked It all along and have 9 remaining stitches.

  • Reply Kelly Hayes March 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Mikey, I know you've done some Tunisian tutorials. Have you made one for Tunisian crochet chevrons? I know there's a way to do it, but most people who have made tutorials are not as clear as you are, OR they're in Spanish and for we who speak English, we can't follow that.

    Me, I'm horrible at sc chevrons. I've tried and tried and something always goes off with it after about 5 rows. So maybe I'll have better luck with Tunisian chevrons!

  • Reply Rebecca Howard April 16, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I actually have a question. For the stitch count listed on the main website for this video, there are chain counts listed. Do they take into account the extra 18 that you need for the sides?

  • Reply Karen Roberts June 22, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I cannot get to the instructions for counts for different size afghans any longer. I got to it before. Does anyone know the website name for Mike's?

  • Reply Rayna Maxey January 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    do you have a video that shows how to crochet a afghan in a double crochet stitch. I would like to make a afghan using just that stitch. Thank you for your videos.

  • Reply SHARI l March 16, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    What size hook are you using???

  • Reply Eva Mangaser April 13, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you so much Mikey : you are a Great Teacher to me ! I’ve made so many blankets From your tutorials my kids love them!!! You are a special person in my life !!🙃🤗👍🏻

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