How To Double Treble Crochet Stitch (dtr)

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This crochet tutorial is going to teach you how to crochet the Double Treble Crochet Stitch (dtr). This is one of the basic crochet stitches classified as one of the tall crochet stitches.

It is the lowest of the tall crochet stitches, while the triple treble crochet stitch (trtr), quadruple treble crochet (qtr) and quintuple treble crochet (quintr) are taller.

The crochet stitch is explained in a step-by-step photo and video tutorial. You will also find details about the double treble crochet stitch abbreviation, chart symbol, turning chains and more!

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The steps of the Double Treble Crochet Stitch:

  1. Yarn over 3 times.
  2. Insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop.
  3. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the crochet hook.
  4. Repeat step 3, 3 times.

Materials Needed

To crochet the dtr you can use any crochet hook size and yarn (& yarn weight). If you’re following a crochet pattern, use the crochet hook and yarn suggested.

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Double Treble Crochet Stitch Abbreviations

The double treble crochet is abbreviated dtr in crochet patterns.

Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.

Double Treble Crochet UK vs US

It is important to note that there is a terminology difference between US terms and UK crochet terms.

The double treble crochet stitch in this tutorial is based on US terminology, starting with 3 yarn overs. This is known as the triple treble crochet in UK terms.

In UK terms, the double treble crochet is the same as the US treble crochet, starting with 2 yarn overs.

Double Treble Crochet Chart Symbol

The double treble stitch crochet chart symbol is simple and looks like a “T” with 3 lines across it representing the 3 yarn overs you do when you crochet a dtr.

It will be turned in the direction it will lay in your finished crochet work.

Photo showing the dtr stitch chart symbol.

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Double Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial

In this photo tutorial (shown right handed) you will see how to crochet a double treble crochet stitch and also work into a regular stitch.

The steps of the dtr stitch are the same if you crochet into a foundation chain instead of stitches.

Grab a crochet hook in your right hand, make a slip knot and crochet chains, work the first st (dtr) into the 6th chain from the crochet hook to start your project.

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How To Double Treble Crochet Stitch

Janne Kleivset Janne Kleivset
Learn how to crochet the double treble crochet stitch. The double treble crochet stitch is one of the tall basic crochet stitches. It is sometimes also referred to as the double triple crochet stitch.
Cost $5
Total Time 19 minutes
Gauge Depends on the crochet hook and yarn you use.
Sizes Depends on how many crochet stitches you crochet.

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

Abbreviations

The double treble crochet is abbreviated dtr in crochet patterns.

Instructions

  • To start a row (or round) of dtr, chain 5 stitches.
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  • Start the dtr with 3 yarn overs from back to front. On photo: Wrapped yarn 3 times around the crochet hook.
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  • Insert crochet hook into next stitch or indicated stitch or chain space.
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  • Pull up a loop, you have 5 loops on the crochet hook.
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  • Yarn over from back to front.
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  • Pull the yarn through 2 loops on the crochet hook. You have now 4 loops on the crochet hook.
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  • Yarn over from back to front.
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  • Pull the yarn through 2 loops on the crochet hook. You have now 3 loops on the crochet hook.
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  • Yarn over from back to front.
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  • Pull the yarn through 2 loops on the crochet hook. You have now 2 loops on the crochet hook.
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  • Yarn over from back to front.
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  • Pull the yarn through 2 loops on the crochet hook. You have now 1 loop on the crochet hook.
    You have now finished the first double treble stitch.
    Repeat step 2-12 the same way as the first dtr, to crochet one more double treble crochet stitch.
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Double Treble Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial

Double Treble Crochet Height and Turning Chain

Above you learned how to crochet double treble crochet. However, when working in either rows or rounds, you may come across turning chains.

The turning chains are used to start rows or rounds.

The number of turning chains your crochet depends on the height of the crochet stitch.

For the dtr stitch the most common number of turning chains is five.

The crochet pattern you are following will specify if the turning chain counts as the first stitch (double treble crochet) on the row or round.

Below you can see how the turning chains for the dtr may show up in a crochet chart pattern.

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How To Crochet The Double Treble Crochet Stitch In Rows

You can crochet dtr stitches in rows, with as many number of stitches needed for your crochet projects.

In that case you will start your project with a row of foundation chain stitches.

Then to crochet your first row of double treble crochet, you will repeat steps 2-12 to crochet double treble crochet stitches into every foundation chain.

When you reach the end of the row, turn your work by flipping it to the other side, ready to work in the opposite direction over the stitches you most recently crocheted.

To start a second row of dtr stitches, chain five (ch-5) and work dtr stitches into all the double treble stitches from the first row. If the chain 5 counts as a stitch according to the pattern, work the first dtr into the second to last stitch from previous row.

Repeat row 2 as many times as needed for your pattern.

When working double treble crochet in rows you can make crochet projects like scarves, afghans and so much more.

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How To Crochet The Double Treble Crochet Stitch In Rounds

You can crochet dtr stitches in rounds.

In that case you start your project with a row of foundation chain stitches.

To work in rounds, you have to form a ring or a circle. To create a ring, slip stitch (sl st) into the first chain you make, make sure you don’t twist your chain stitches.

To crochet your first round of double treble crochet:

  1. Chain 5 and repeat steps 2-12 to crochet double treble stitches into every foundation chain.
  2. When you reach the end of the round, slip stitch into the 5th chain made at the beginning of the round.

To start a new round of double treble crochet, repeat steps 1 and 2 directly above.

Double Treble Crochet Stitch FAQ

What can you crochet with the double treble crochet stitch?

You can crochet anything with the double treble crochet. Typical crochet projects are scarves, garments, lacy doilies and market bags. Double treble stitches are also great for lacy designs, lace patterns and creates easily a holey fabric.

What is the difference between a treble crochet and a double treble crochet?

The main difference between the a treble crochet and a double treble crochet is how many yarn overs the stitch starts with. The treble crochet starts with 2 yarn overs, while the double treble stitch starts with 3.

Can you crochet the double treble crochet into the back loop or front loop?

Yes, you can crochet the double treble crochet into the front loop only or the back loop only. The stitches are then called the front loop double treble crochet and the back loop double treble crochet.

Crochet Patterns Using The Double Treble Crochet Stitch

Here’s a list of great free patterns that uses tall stitches like the double treble crochet stitch.

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