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Hello and welcome to today’s lesson: triple crochet. Triple crochet is very similar to double. Many of the steps are the same. It is even taller and more open looking than single or double.
I will be using lots of abbreviations that are covered in previous lessons. They include:
ch = chain
lp = loop
hdc = half-double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over
dc = double crochet
sts = stitches
st = stitch
Please refer back to previous lessons for more detailed explanation of abbreviations.
I am sticking with the fewer photos approach. I hope it is working okay for everyone.
In this lesson, I am using 30 gauge copper wire and a no.8 crochet hook. I will also use a pocket scribe, wire nippers, and needle nose pliers. This sample will be 9 stitches wide and 9 stitches tall. Lets get started learning Triple Crochet (tc).
To start, make a base chain of 13 stitches. Then, yarn over twice and insert the hook into the 6th stitch from the hook.
Yarn over and draw up a loop. Now you have four loops on the hook.
Yarn over and draw the yo through two loops on the hook. You should have three loops remaining on the hook.
Yarn over and draw the yo through two more loops. You are down to two loops on the hook.
Yarn over and draw the yo through two loops. You now have one loop on the hook and have completed your first triple crochet.
To start the next triple crochet, yarn over twice.
Insert the hook into the next chain. Yarn over and draw up the loop. You are back to four loops on the hook.
Yarn over and draw the yo through two loops.
Yarn over again and draw through two loops.
Yarn over one last time and draw the yo through two loops. Another triple crochet completed. In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, in the triple crochet, you repeat the yarn over and draw through two loops three times; hence the name triple crochet.
The triple crochet stitch goes: yo twice, insert hook into next chain, draw up loop, yo and draw yo through two loops three times. Repeat the triple crochet stitch six times more.
Chain four for the turning chain.
Remove the hook and use your scribe to open the loops. Remember to skip the base of the turning chain when you are opening the loops. Also be sure to open the top of the turning chain below.
Re-insert the hook and turn your work. Yarn over twice.
Start your first triple crochet of the second row. Be sure to skip the base of the turning chain.
Remember that, when counting stitches, the turning chain counts as the first stitch so that eight triple crochets plus the turning chain is nine stitches. Make eight triple crochet stitches to complete the row and then chain 4.
Take out the hook and open the stitches as for the first row.
Crochet seven more rows or triple crochet for a total of nine rows.
When you come to the last stitch, be sure to stop after drawing up the last loop.
Clip the wire with your wire nippers and draw the tail through.
Finish out the ends in the same manner as for the other samples.
Stretch and flatten the sample.
Your new abbreviation for this week is tc for triple crochet.
The instructions for this lesson in abbreviated format are as follows:
start: ch 13
row 1: dc in 6th ch from hook, tc 7 sts more. ch 4, turn.
row 2: tc 8 sts. ch 4, turn.
rows 3-8: repeat row 2.
row 9: tc 8 sts. Cut off and draw up lp.
All of these samples are nine stitches wides and nine rows tall.
So, there you have it, triple crochet! One more lesson and we will have covered all the basics. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section or on my facebook page. See you next Wednesday.