Welcome back to the Beginner Basics Crochet Class! The previous lesson covers how to create a half double crochet stitch. Lesson 5 teaches you how to create the Double Crochet Stitch. At the end of this lesson you will know THREE crochet stitches, and be ready stitch your first project.

Ready to learn crochet once and for all?

You’re in the right place! This is Lesson 5 of the Beginner Basics Crochet Class. (You can find Lesson 1 here to start from the beginning.) However, if you’re anything like me… you’ll forget about this Beginner Basics Crochet Class as soon as your kid (or fur baby) needs a snack. Here’s what you can do to help you remember.

1. Sign up for email reminders.

Every week you’ll get a friendly email about a new lesson. Emails are spaced out every seven days to give you time to read, watch, and work on the homework.

2. Save this lesson to your Crochet Pinterest Board.

Let’s Quickly Review Lesson 4

Lesson 4 teaches you how to half double crochet. It’s one more “yarn over” than the single crochet. Just like Lesson 3 (and this lesson), Lesson 4 broke down the half double crochet into written instructions and a video tutorial. This is what we’ll do today, too.

So, how do you feel after Lesson 4? Did it make sense, or are you still trying to figure out the half double crochet? If you need help with this stitch, please reach out! As your teacher, I’m here to help you. Feel free to send an email to me (Joanna) at hello@highdesertyarn.com

Next up… learning the Double Crochet Stitch!

Adding to the crochet terms.

Do you remember why we need to learn crochet terms? It’s because crochet patterns us them. These abbreviations condense a written pattern into a more reader-friendly script. So, in every well written crochet pattern there will be a list of crochet stitches used in that particular pattern. It’ll look something like this…

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

  • CH – chain
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • YO – yarn over

Did you spot the new abbreviation in the list? ** hint – it’s the stitch we’re learning today **

Let’s Stitch! Double Crochet

The Double Crochet stitch is one of the BEST beginner stitches. Once you get the hang of it, you can make scarves, blankets, and dish towels that work up quick, no matter how slow you crochet. Then, as you keep practicing, you start learning fun things like crossed stitches and post stitches.

Below are the written instructions for the Double Crochet. A video tutorial follows the written instructions. Now, it’s time to choose your own adventure. Pick which path you want to take, written instructions (Path 1), or video tutorial (Path 2). For both paths, you will need a chain the length of 16 stitches. Last, the written instructions are designed to help you practice reading the crochet abbreviations. Refer to the list above if you get stuck!

  1. Read the written instructions, and try to create a Double Crochet based only on the written instructions. Then, watch the video tutorial to check your work.
  2. Watch the video tutorial, and create a Double Crochet with it. Then, try to make a Double Crochet by following the written instructions.
  • CH 16 times.
  • YO, and insert your hook in the 2nd CH from the hook.
  • YO, and pull up one (1) loop (there are 3 loops on the hook).
  • YO, and pull through two (2) loops on the hook (2 loops remain on the hook).
  • YO, and pull through the remaining two (2) loops on the hook.
  • The DC ST is complete.

Repeat these steps in every chain until you reach the end. You will have 1 Row of Double Crochet stitches. Final stitch count will be 14 Double Crochet stitches.


Remember : You are practicing a new skill. It’s not supposed to feel comfortable the first, second, or third time you try. Keep trying. It will become comfortable with practice.

Lesson 5 Overview

Crocheter, I am so proud of you! You’re doing a fantastic job of learning something new. Something that isn’t easy when you first pick up your hook. No matter what your stitches look like, I would love to see your progress! Send me a picture at hello@highdesertyarn.com – share your journey with me, and let me cheer you on.

Here’s what we covered today…

  1. Added a NEW Crochet Abbreviations
  2. How to Double Crochet

Your Homework

You’ve read through Lesson 5 which means you’re ready for your homework! This week, you need to create a Double Crochet swatch (a little square of DC stitches). Your swatch should be 14 STS wide by 10 Rows high. For Lesson 6, you’re going to learn how to read a crochet pattern and start stitching your first crochet pattern – the Wild Blue Wall Hanging. But first, let’s practice the Double Crochet Stitch.

Here is exactly what you need to do :

  1. Read the written instructions for the Double Crochet stitch.
  2. Watch the YouTube tutorial above.
  3. Follow along with the yarn and hook you picked out in the Lesson 1 Homework.
  4. Create 1 Swatch of Double Crochet
    • 14 STS wide x 10 Rows high (hint – repeat Row 2 until you get to 10 Rows total

If you need any help during this process, please reach out! Comment on this post, send me an email (hello@highdesertyarn.com), or ask in the High Desert Yarn Handmade Community on Facebook. We’d love to cheer you on during your crochet journey!

Once you’re comfortable with creating a Double Crochet, let’s move onto Lesson 6 here.

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