How To Treble Crochet

To create the project of your dreams, you’ll need to learn a whole heap of different stitches. While some projects use a collection of simple stitches that are perfect for beginners, others require more complex ones. 

If you’re still trying to tackle basic stitches, don’t worry – we’re not about to throw you in the deep end! Today, we’re going to teach you the ins and outs of treble crochet, aka the triple crochet stitch.

How To Treble Crochet

We’d say this stitch is somewhere between beginner and intermediate level, but it can be mastered by both complete beginners and those with a little crochet experience behind them! 

What Is Treble Crochet?

Treble crochet (also called the triple crochet stitch) is a relatively simple stitch used in most crochet patterns. It’s often one of the first stitchers beginners will learn, and it’s a great step up from the double crochet (if you’ve mastered it!). 

The treble crochet is a tall stitch that is taller than a double crochet, and it’s used in any design that requires a long stitch. It’s still based on the same design as a double crochet, and you’ll often see it abbreviated to ‘tr’ in most patterns.

How To Treble Crochet

Ready to treble crochet? It’s a pretty simple stitch, and our step-by-step instructions will show you how it’s done: 

  • Pull your yarn over your hook x2. Then, push your hook into the next stitch. 
  • Yarn over your hook and pull your yarn through the stitch (there will be four loops on your hook). 
  • Then, loop your yarn over your hook and pull it through the two loops on your hook (after this, there will be three hoops left on your hook) 
  • Yarn over your hook and draw it through two of the hoops 
  • Loop your yarn over your hook and draw it through the final two loops on your hook. 

Treble Crochet In Row One 

So you can visualize the treble crochet in action, we’ll show you how to do it when you’re working on row one. 

  1. Create a slip knot(see also: Tying A Slip Knot: An Essential First Skill) and a chain with 15 loose stitches. When you’re ready, wrap your yarn around your hook twice, working from back to front. When you do this, miss out the first four chains and push the hook through the chain that sits in fifth place from the hook.
  2. With step one complete, you’re now ready to bring your yarn over your crochet hook (back to front) and push it through the chain stitch all the way up to your hook. Once complete, you should have four loops sitting on your hook.
  3. Carefully bring your yarn over your hook and gently push it through the first two loops. You will now have three loops left on your hook.
  4. Now, bring your yarn over your crochet hook again and push it through the next two loops that sit on your hook.
  5. Bring your yarn over your hook towards the last remaining loops, and gently push them through. That’s it! You’ve now completed the treble crochet, and there should be one loop remaining on your hook. 

Once you’ve completed the steps above, you should keep repeating them in each of your remaining chains. When you’ve completed the final chain, count up your stitches; you should find 12 treble crochets. 

When you start working on row two, the process is much the same. However, you’ll need to bring your yard or three to the right height. To increase the height of your yarn or thread, you’ll need to chain four (also called turning the chain).

There will be four chains in your turning chain – miss the first stitch and create a treble crochet in the second stitch. When you do this, make sure you insert your crochet hook beneath the two loops in each stitch. 

How To Treble Crochet

What Is A Treble Crochet Called In The UK? 

In the UK, treble crochet is the same as double crochet in the US. It’s around double the height of a standard double crochet. 

What Is The Abbreviation Of A Treble Crochet Stitch? 

You’ll usually see the treble crochet stitch abbreviated to a T-shaped symbol. This shape will have two slash marks that represent how many yarn overs you’ll need to start your stitch with. 

Increasing And Decreasing With Treble Crochet 

Increasing and decreasing with treble crochet is pretty simple. You can increase your treble crochet by simply placing multiple stitches into the same space and stitch. Most patterns will ask you to add in two additional stitches into the same stitch to increase its height. 

If you want to decrease with the treble crochet, the most common stitch is treble crochet 2 together (tr2tog). To complete this decrease, you’ll need to: 

  1. Complete the same steps as a regular treble stitch, and continue until there are two loops on your hook. 
  2. Pull your yarn over twice, push your hook through into the next stitch, and pull it up a loop. There will be 5 loops on your hook at this point. 
  3. Now, pull your yarn over and draw it through two of the loops. There will be four loops remaining on your hook. 
  4. Pull your yarn over again and draw through two loops. Now, they’ll be three loops on your hook. 
  5. Finally, pull your yarn over again and draw it through the three loops on the hook. When you’re done, you’ve completed the tr2tog! This is the easiest way to reduce the number of stitches in a row. 

Final Thoughts 

The treble crochet may sound a little complex, but don’t be deterred – it’s actually one of the easiest stitches you’ll ever learn, and it’s beginner friendly, too!

The treble crochet is also one of the most versatile stitches you’ll learn, so whatever your crocheting ability, make sure you add this stitch to your arsenal. You can use it on a variety of projects, and trust us – it’ll never let you down. 

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