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How to Crochet – Part 2 – Double crochet (US Single crochet) stitch for absolute beginners

October 17, 2019


Hi. Welcome back to Conquer Crochet. My name is Karen Stangroom and this is the second video in our basic beginners how
to crochet course. Ff you watched our first video, you will now know how to do
the chain stitch, have you been practising?
Are you sure? Good! Then you’re ready to move on. In today’s video I’m going to
show you how to double crochet. Double whatsay? Double crochet. Let’s get started with our double crochet. Now, if you’ve missed how to hold your hook, your
yarn, slip knot and chain stitch, I’ll put a link in the cards up here, so you can
go back, watch that video first and then you’ll be all up-to-date and then come
back to this video to watch the next step in our beginner series. So I’m going
to take my tail and make my slip knot. Wrap the yarn around my fingers and
I’m going to hold my tail as we’re going to chain ten. So one, two, three, four, five,
need my fingers up the worked yarn six seven, whoops
eight, nine, and ten. So we have ten chains. Now in order to do the double crochet we
need to add one more chain. Now this chain is called our turning chain and it is
the chain that will give us height so that chain will actually go vertical
rather than horizontal like all the other chains so it’s going to give us
our height therefore we need to do our double crochet in the second chain from
the hook so that one was 11 this one is 10. So it’s one, two. Going to insert my
hook and to yarn over need to pull back through that chain I should now have two
loops on my hook yarn over again and pull back through those two loops on the
hook. And there we have made our first double
crochet. So we go into the next chain and make sure you only have one piece of
yarn going over your hook, yarn over, pull back through that chain, you have your
two loops on the hook, yarn over remember you’re twisting as you yarn over, pull
back through one, two loops on your hook. So we have two double crochets. Insert
then hook, yarn over, pull back, yarn over and pull through the two loops. Notice
I’m holding on to the pieces of crochet that I’m working with so when I’m going
into the chain to give this stability rather than holding on here and
struggling to get into the chain there I’m holding on to the chains whilst I’m
inserting the hook, yarn over and then when I go to do my final part of the
double crochet I’m holding on to the worked crochet and the chains just to
keep them steady. Insert into the next chain yarn over pull through two loops
on my hook yarn over pull through. Insert into the next chain yarn over pull
through yarn over pull through the two loops. Now American terms and British
terms are slightly different in American terminology this is called a single
crochet and in British terminology it is called a double crochet so we insert
into the loop, hook around the yarn, pull back through that chain,
yarn over, round through the two loops. insert, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through those two loops. Now we come to our last chain
and this can sometimes look a little messy because you’ve got the Slipknot
involved as well, so make sure you’re going into that gap, where you have the
single piece of yarn, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through the two
and we’ll just count our stitches to make sure we have them all one two three
four five six seven eight nine ten. That’s good! We haven’t invented any
extra stitches. I’m just going to give the tail a little tug just to tighten up
that hole that’s here and there we have our first row of double crochet stitches.
When we come to the end of the row and we want to make the second row we need
to do our chain stitch, our turning chain, which will give us the height for the
next row. Then, it’s a turning chain, we have to turn our work so we always work. So we always work from right to left unless you’re a left-hander, in which
case you’re going to work from left to right. So we’re going to go into this gap
here, underneath the last double crochet that we made and this time we need to
make sure we have two loops of yarn on top of our hook. They look like a v-shape
got this V shape here to each of the stitches so I’ve got two inserted there
yarn over pull through two loops on my hook yarn over pull through. There we’ve
started our second row going into the next double crochet from the previous
row so making sure I’ve got one, two loops on the hook, yarn over, twist your
hook to grab it, pull back through, two loops on your hook, yarn over, pull
through and make sure you’re not being too tight
with your work. If you go in, yarn over, pull and then really pull tight, you’re
going to end up with stitches that you’re going to find very difficult to
get into later and also you’re going to have uneven stitches. So you kind of need to just t relax your shoulders, relax your fingers, make sure everything just flows
nicely. So let’s go into the next one insert, yarn over, pull back, insert, yarn
over, pull through those two loops, yarn over and through the two loops on your
hook yarn over, sorry, insert, yarn over two loops, yarn over, pull through those
two loops into the hole underneath that double crochet now yarn over yarn over
pull through the two inserts yarn over pull through insert yarn over pull
through yarn over through the two inserts whoops yarn over pull through
and now we come to the last one on this row so if you have a careful look at
your crochet now you’ll find you have this loop here run the end and then you
have your V there for your double crochet so it’s very carefully go
through one, two loops, yarn over, pull through yarn over pull through the two
and now we have our double crochet second row. What do we do at the end of
the row? You do a turning chain and then we turn. In some patterns, they might just
say ‘chain one’ but that is the turning chain. So we’re going into this gap here.
Insert my needle, make sure I’ve got my two loops over the top
my hook. yarn over, pull through, yarn over pull through those two ok yarn over pull
through yarn over pull through the two insert into the gap yarn over pull
through insert into the gap yarn over pull through yarn over pull through and
you should have the yarn feeding through your fingers as you work.
Yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two. If you find that things are
getting just too slack, take your hand away, wrap the yarn around your fingers
again and carry on. You may find if you’re crocheting in the summer or if
you’re crocheting with a fire one in the winter, your hands may start getting a
little bit sweatier. Go and wash your hands, come back to it. Having clean hands is a good idea with crochet, that way then you’re not adding any dirt to the
yarn as you’re crocheting, cause obviously it’s going through every
fingers. If you do have any dirt on your fingers, that’s going to pass over onto
the yarn. Yarn over, pull through those two there, insert yarn over insert yarn
over and we’re going into the last one now so again we’ve got this loop round
the side which we don’t crochet into if you crochet into there, you’ll start
getting wobbly edges. We go into the last double crochet, over one, two pieces of
yarn, yarn over yarn over and through those two loops on your hook. Now we’re
going to finish off and so you can keep going with this if you wanted to make it
into a scarf I would maybe say chain twenty then crochet an extra one for
your turning chain, that would be quite a nice width for your scarf to be and you
can easily make scarves using double crochet. So when we’re finishing off, we look as if
we’re doing a chain so we yarn over and pull through the last stitch and we take
our scissors and we cut and then we pull the yarn from the ball of yarn, making sure we’ve still got a tail there, pull on the tail just to tighten it up and
there we have a piece of double crochet. So don’t forget to subscribe and hit the
notification bell to make sure you don’t miss a single stitch on this course. Also
I’ll put the link to my VIP list where you’ll find a free pdf download for the
start of your Conquer Crochet project file and also there’s a link to the
Facebook community group so if you’re struggling with anything come into the
group and ask for some help if I’m not there I know there are a couple of
expert crochets who have joined our group who are patiently waiting for me
to get onto some mastery stitches and I’m sure they will help you if you are
struggling thank you so much for joining me and happy hooking.

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