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Treble Crochet Tutorial With Easy Video tutorial

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Treble crochet, also known as triple crochet in some patterns, adds extraordinary texture and height to your crochet projects.

This stitch is one of the basic crochet stitches, standing taller than both the single and double crochet stitches. 

To begin a treble crochet, you need to master starting with a slip knot on your hook, which forms the base of all crochet projects.

Creating the treble crochet stitch requires you to wrap the yarn twice around your crochet hook before inserting it into the correct stitch or space in the previous row.

This technique is fundamental in achieving the correct height and tension for your treble crochets.

 If you’re not familiar with this, a treble crochet tutorial can guide you through the process step-by-step, ensuring you get the hang of the repeated yarn overs and pull-throughs involved.

As you progress with treble crochet stitches, you’ll find that they can quickly build up the fabric of your item.

This attribute makes them ideal for creating airy and lacy patterns or for working up larger items efficiently. 

Remember, attention to detail and consistent practice will enhance the appearance and uniformity of your treble crochet stitches, leading to more professional-looking finished projects.

Treble Crochet

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In treble crochet, mastering the foundation chain and understanding the relationship between yarn and hook size are crucial. The creation of the first stitch sets the stage for the entire project.

The Foundation Chain

To begin any treble crochet project, you need to create a foundation chain. This is a series of chain stitches that acts as the base for your work. To start, make a slip knot on your hook. In US terms, the foundation chain is essential, and in UK terms, it’s known as a starting chain. 

For treble crochet, your foundation chain will typically need to be a multiple of a specific number plus extra chains, to account for the height of the treble stitches.

 For example, if your pattern requires multiples of 3, to begin the row you might chain 20, which is 18 (a multiple of 3) plus 2 chains.

  • Starting Chain: Make a slip knot and then yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook to create the first chain stitch. Repeat for the desired number of chains.
  • Relevant Entity: Count to the 5th chain from your hook to start your first treble crochet stitch.

Yarn Weights

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Choosing the right yarn weight and hook size are fundamental to treble crochet. Different yarn weights, from lace to super bulky, require different hook sizes to ensure the stitches are neither too tight nor too loose. 

Worsted weight yarn is commonly used for learning with a recommended 5mm to 6mm crochet hook. In treble crochet, each stitch will require two yarn overs before pulling through the loops.

  • Yarn Over (YO): Wrap the yarn from back to front over the hook.
  • Hook Size: Match your hook size to your yarn weight for optimal results. A size chart can help determine the best fit.

Treble Crochet Stitch

Your first treble crochet stitch is worked into the 5th chain from your hook unless the pattern specifies otherwise. To make a treble crochet stitch, you will yarn over (wrap the yarn over your hook) twice before inserting the hook into the chain. 

Finish the stitch by yarn over and pulling through two loops on the hook three times. The first completed stitch will act as the third stitch of the row, with the four skipped chains counting as the first.

First Stitch Technique:

  1. Yarn over twice.
  2. Insert the hook into the indicated chain (usually 5th chain from the hook).
  3. Yarn over and pull through the chain, three loops on the hook.
  4. Yarn over and pull through two loops, two loops left on the hook.
  5. Yarn over and pull through two loops again, one loop left on the hook.
  6. Yarn over and pull through the final two loops, completing the stitch.

Chain from the Hook: Identify the correct chain from the hook to insert your stitch, which establishes the foundation for your crochet pattern.

Treble Crochet Stitches

In mastering treble crochet techniques, your focus should be on consistency in stitch height and tension, as well as understanding increases and decreases. Familiarity with special treble crochet stitches can greatly expand your repertoire of patterns.

Stitch Height and Tension

To achieve the correct height with treble crochet, you must wrap the yarn twice around your hook and pull through two loops on the hook three times after inserting it into the correct stitch. 

Your starting chain typically consists of four chains, which equals the height of a treble crochet stitch.

For a turning chain at the end of a row, you’ll also use four chains to keep the edges straight. Your tension should be even throughout to maintain an open fabric without any puckering.

  • Correct Stitch Height: Typically, four chains.
  • Turning Chain: Also, four chains for a treble crochet.

Increasing and Decreasing

An increase in treble crochet is typically created by making two treble crochets into the same stitch. This can be implemented at any point in a row but is commonly used at the start or end to shape an item.

To decrease, you’ll work a treble crochet two together (tr2tog) by partially completing two treble crochets and then pulling through all the remaining loops on your hook. Place these at strategic points to taper your work.

  • Increase: Make two treble crochets in the next stitch.
  • Decrease: Work a tr2tog over the next two stitches.

Special Triple Crochet Stitch

Special stitches include the double treble (dtr) and the triple treble (trtr) crochet stitches, which are even taller than the standard treble. They involve additional yarn overs before inserting the hook into the stitch. 

Linked treble crochets help create a denser fabric by linking the stitches together and reducing gaps. They are constructed by inserting the hook into the horizontal bar of the previous stitch before completing the regular steps of a treble crochet.

  • Double Treble (dtr): Wrap the yarn around the hook three times.
  • Triple Treble (trtr): Wrap the yarn around the hook four times.
  • Linked Treble Crochet: Insert the hook into the horizontal bar of the previous stitch.

Familiarity with normal-sized stitches such as the single crochet stitch and half double crochet stitches are crucial even when working with tall and taller stitches, as they often make up the foundational rows or are used in combination for varied textures and stitch patterns. 

At the end of the row, ensure the last stitch is executed correctly to maintain the edges, and always remember to use a turning chain before proceeding to the next row.

Advanced Tips and Resources

Elevating your treble crochet skills requires the right guidance and resources. From interpreting complex patterns to mastering the fourth chain, these focused subsections offer you the wisdom needed for perfecting your technique.

Reading Crochet Patterns

Understanding crochet patterns is crucial for making intricate crochet designs. Crochet patterns are a map for your project, guiding you from the first row onwards.

When reading a pattern, familiarize yourself with common abbreviations such as “tr” for treble crochet. 

Remember that the beginning of each row typically accounts for the height of the next row, so identifying the last chain is important. A good practice is to keep track of stitch patterns for symmetry across rows.

Video Tutorial

Visual learning through video tutorials can offer step instructions for each stitch and are a great way to improve your crochet technique.

Look for tutorials that emphasize the details, like how to properly yarn over and pull through the remaining loops. 

Our team has watched several on YouTube and found this treble crochet video tutorial to be the best at walking you through the steps. 

Troubleshooting and Common Mistakes

Even the most experienced may find themselves facing issues with their treble crochet. Some common mistakes include skipping a stitch in the previous row or creating too tight or too loose loops, which affects the consistency of the next row.

To correct these errors, try practicing tension regulation and being vigilant with counting your stitches.

Note that missing the fourth chain at the beginning of each row can also lead to uneven edges, so always count your chains carefully.

Crochet Patterns

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Many blanket patterns use a treble crochet stitch. You can choose from so many patterns above that our team has completed and reviewed to make it easier to choose.

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