After a few weeks off, I hope you are ready to tackle the double crochet stitch into the chain. You should have the hang of single crochet and half-double crochet stitches by now. Your chains should be looking amazing. Keep up the good work!
The double crochet stitch is the iconic crochet stitch. It is used for the classic granny square. You will see it in ripple afghans, filet crochet, the fan stitch, and so much more. There will be more double crochet stitches on your resume than any other stitch.
That said, there are some tips for keeping your double crochet stitches in line from the beginning so your project won’t lean like a drunken sailor.
Graduating to the Next Level
With the single crochet and half-double crochet you put the very first stitch into the very first stitch of the previous row. The chain 1 and chain 2 only acted as a “step up” to the next row. With the double crochet stitch the chain 3 at the beginning of each row will be counted as the very first stitch of that row.
This will feel like you are adding the “first” double crochet into the “second” stitch when in reality you already did the first double crochet stitch because the chain 3 IS the first double crochet stitch of the row. You could say that the double crochet stitch can stand on its own without the help of a leaning post (the chains).
And yes, once you start adding multiple rows, there will be a gap where the chain 3 is. This is normal. For now just keep plugging along with the gap. It’s the basics of crochet. In the future I will show a special way to do a double crochet in the beginning of a row that will replace the chain 3, but it is an advanced technique and for now you have enough swimming around your head. You can always hide this gap later with a nice border.
Steps to Make a Double Crochet Stitch into the Chain
Special Notes on the Chain 3 in the Beginning of this Row
Getting the Chain Row Math Right
The double crochet stitch into the chain can be incredibly confusing. Most designers have already done the math for you. Just keep in mind that since the chain 3 is considered the first double crochet stitch, the 4th chain from the hook is where the “second” double crochet goes. Does that make any sense? Even I get confused at times.
For instance, let’s say you want to do a project that needs 20 double crochets. You will chain 20 – 1 = 19 + 3 = 22. The 19 is the number of actual double crochet stitches you will be doing. The 3 is the chain 3 that counts as the first double crochet of the row.
Confused yet? This is not the math you were taught in elementary school. I guess it’s more like algebra where the 3 is counted as a 1. Never mind. My head is starting to spin. More about this at a later date. For now just make a chain as long as you want. Put the very first double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook and all will be well.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson in how to make double crochets into the chain. Next lesson will be about doing the next and all future rows using double crochets.
Have an excellent day!