Tall Crochet Stitches – How To & Details

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Tall crochet stitches are great crochet stitches that don’t get used often enough. They are stitches that are taller than the standard single crochet, double crochet or treble crochet stitches.

They are created by wrapping the yarn around the hook more times before you crochet them. This creates long, twisted stitches that can be used to add visual interest to a crochet project. Tall stitches can also be used to create lacy, open designs that are perfect for shawls, scarves, summer garments and other lightweight crochet accessories.

Learning how to crochet tall stitches can be a bit intimidating at first, but with practice, it can become second nature.

Below you can find resources to get you started with tall stitches, including photo & video tutorials, and patterns. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, adding tall stitches to your repertoire can open up a whole new world of possibilities for your crochet projects.

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What Are Tall Crochet Stitches?

Crochet is a versatile craft that allows you to create a wide range of designs and patterns. One of the techniques used in crochet is tall crochet stitches.

These stitches are taller than the standard single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet stitches (dc), and treble crochet stitches (tr), and they can be used to add a different look to a crochet project.

You can also use tall crochet stitches to make something quick, as the stitches adds a lot of height.

These large stitches can create a lacy, open effect, making them a great option for creating lacy crochet designs. They can also be used to add height and interest to a project.

However, one of the hardest parts of actually making these tall stitches is working the loops off evenly. It can be tricky to learn at first, but with practice, you can master the technique and crochet beautiful projects.

There are different types of tall crochet stitches, including double treble crochet, triple treble crochet, quadruple treble crochet and quintuple treble crochet. Each stitch is taller than the previous one, and they are used to create different effects in a design.

For example, double treble crochet stitches are shorter than triple treble crochet stitches, but they are still taller than the shorter basic stitches. Quadruple treble crochet stitches are even taller than triple treble crochet stitches, and they can be used to create a dramatic effect in a design.

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Benefits of Using Tall Crochet Stitches

Tall crochet stitches are a great way to add visual interest and texture to your crochet projects. Here are some benefits of using tall crochet stitches:

  • Creates a lacy and open effect: Tall stitches are so tall that they can easily create a lacy and open effect. This is great for projects that require a lighter and more delicate look, like summer crochet patterns.
  • Works up fast: Although each of the stitches takes a little longer to crochet, row by row you get the feeling it works up quick. This is because tall stitches cover more ground than shorter stitches, and you can complete a project faster.
  • Great for lace patterns: Most of the really tall stitches will show up in lace patterns, so if you’re looking to create a delicate and intricate lace project, tall stitches are a must.
  • Allows for creativity: Tall stitches offer a lot of creative opportunities, including the ability to create unique stitch patterns and textures, rather than knowing just the shorter basic crochet stitches. This is great for those who like to experiment and try new things.

Overall, tall crochet stitches are a great addition to any crochet project. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, tall stitches are definitely worth exploring.

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Overview of the Tall Crochet Stitches

The tall crochet stitches all start with multiple yarn overs, and each of them 1 yarn over more than the next. This determines how tall the crochet stitch are.

The first of the tall stitches start with one more yarn over than the treble crochet stitch, and each of them have one more.

To finalize the stitches you insert the crochet hook into the stitch or chain space indicated. Then yarn over and pull through two until you have 1 loop left on the crochet hook.

Steps To Crochet The Tall Stitches

Below you can find the steps of each of the tall stitches, including the crochet abbreviations.

  • Double Treble Crochet (dtr): Yarn over 3 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 4 times.
  • Triple Treble Crochet (trtr): Yarn over 4 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 5 times.
  • Quadruple Treble Crochet (qtr): Yarn over 5 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 6 times.
  • Quintuple Treble Crochet (quintr): Yarn over 6 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 7 times.
  • Sextuple Treble Crochet (sexttr): Yarn over 7 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 8 times.
  • Septuple Treble Crochet (septtr): Yarn over 8 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 9 times.
  • Octuple Treble Crochet (octtr): Yarn over 9 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 10 times.
  • Nontuple Treble Crochet (nontr): Yarn over 10 times, insert hook & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops 11 times.

The taller the stitches, the more challenging they can be to crochet. If you’re adventurous, you could even crochet taller stitches with more yarn overs, following the same steps.

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Foundation Chains for Tall Crochet Stitches

You can crochet any number of foundation chains to start a crochet project with tall crochet stitches.

After crocheting the foundation chains, skip as many turning chains as noted below for your first stitch to crochet the first row.

Then crochet your tall stitch to the end of the row to crochet in rows.

If crocheting rounds, end with slip stitch in last turning chain.

Turning Chains for Tall Crochet Stitches

Here’s an overview of how many chain stitches you need to start a row or round of the tall stitches.

  • Double Treble Crochet (dtr): 5 turning chains (ch 5)
  • Triple Treble Crochet (trtr): 6 turning chains (ch 6)
  • Quadruple Treble Crochet (qtr): 7 turning chains (ch 7)
  • Quintuple Treble Crochet (quintr): 8 turning chains (ch 8)
  • Sextuple Treble Crochet (sexttr): 9 turning chains (ch 9)
  • Septuple Treble Crochet (septtr): 10 turning chains (ch 10)
  • Octuple Treble Crochet (octtr): 11 turning chains (ch 11)
  • Nontuple Treble Crochet (nontr): 12 turning chains (ch 12)
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Crochet Tutorials for Taller Crochet Stitches

1. Double Treble Crochet

The double treble crochet is the shortest of the tall crochet stitches.

It starts with 3 yarn overs.

Find a full photo and video tutorial with step-by-step instructions👇

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2. Triple Treble Crochet

The triple treble crochet is slightly taller than double treble stitch.

It starts with 4 yarn overs.

Find a full photo and video tutorial with step-by-step instructions👇

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3. Quadruple Treble Crochet

The quadruple treble crochet is slightly taller than triple treble crochet stitches.

It starts with 5 yarn overs.

Find a full photo and video tutorial with step-by-step instructions👇

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4. Quintuple Treble Crochet

The quintuple treble crochet is slightly taller than the quadruple crochet stitch.

It starts with 6 yarn overs.

Find a full photo and video tutorial with step-by-step instructions👇

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US vs UK Crochet Terminology for Tall Crochet Stitches

There are differences between the US terms and UK terms when it comes to tall crochet stitches.

US Crochet TermsUK Crochet Terms
Double Treble Crochet= Triple Treble Crochet
Triple Treble Crochet= Quadruple Treble Crochet
Quadruple Treble Crochet= Quintuple Treble Crochet
Quintuple Treble Crochet= Sextuple Treble Crochet

Tips and Tricks for Working with Tall Crochet Stitches

Working with tall crochet stitches can be challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, it can become easier and more enjoyable. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep the loops even: One of the biggest challenges of working with tall crochet stitches is keeping the loops even. To achieve this, make sure to work each stitch slowly and carefully, ensuring that each loop is pulled up to the same height.
  • Use a larger hook: When working with tall stitches, it’s often helpful to use a larger hook than you would for regular crochet stitches. This will give you more space to work with and make it easier to keep the loops even.
  • Twist the yarn: Most yarns are twisted, and tall stitches can untwist the yarn. To prevent this, twist the yarn slightly in the opposite direction before starting your stitches. This will help keep the yarn from untwisting and make your stitches look neater.
  • Practice: Like with any new skill, practice makes perfect. Take the time to practice working with tall stitches on a small project before moving on to larger ones. This will help you get comfortable with the technique and develop your skills.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can make working with tall crochet stitches easier and more enjoyable. Remember to take your time and practice regularly to improve your skills.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Crocheting Tall Stitches

When crocheting tall stitches, there are a few common mistakes that can be easily avoided. Here are some tips to help you avoid these mistakes:

  • Avoid Saggy Stitches: The taller the stitch, the harder it is to keep the crochet fabric looking neat. To avoid saggy stitches, make sure you keep your tension consistent and don’t pull the yarn too tightly or too loosely.
  • Use the Right Yarn: Not all yarns are created equal, and can be good to think about when it comes to crocheting tall stitches. Choose a yarn that is sturdy and can hold its shape well. Make a gauge test swatch before starting a big crochet project. You can use any yarn thickness though, but for the quickest crochet projects use 4 medium – worsted weight yarn, bulky yarn or super bulky yarn.
  • Not Blocking The project: Another common mistake when crocheting tall stitches is not blocking the project afterwards. Blocking can help even out the stitches and give the project a more polished look. Here are some tips for blocking:
    • Wet Blocking: Wet the project and lay it out flat on a towel. Pin the edges down and let it dry completely.
    • Steam Blocking: Hold a steam iron over the project without touching it. The steam will help relax the stitches and even them out.

By avoiding these common mistakes and using the right techniques, you can successfully crochet tall stitches and create beautiful, intricate projects.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Tall Crochet Stitches

What crochet stitch is taller than a double crochet?

The crochet stitch that is taller than the double crochet is the treble crochet stitch.

How do you crochet long stitches?

To crochet long stitches, you need to add many yarn overs to start the stitch, then yarn over and go through 2 loops until you have one loop left on your crochet stitch.

What crochet stitch adds a lot of height to your project?

There are many crochet stitches that adds a lot of height to your crochet project, the most common is the treble crochet stitch, but there are taller stitches such as the double treble crochet, triple treble crochet, quadruple treble crochet and quintuple treble crochet.
You can however crochet even taller stitches, like the sextuple treble (sexttr), septuple treble (septtr), octuple treble (octtr) and nonuple treble (nontr). These start with 7-10 yarn overs.

What crochet stitch is considered the tallest stitch?

The tallest crochet stitch is considered to be the nonuple treble crochet, starting with 10 yarn overs. However, in theory you can start with as many yarn overs you’d like to crochet even taller stitches. The taller the stitches, the more flimsy they’ll be.

Is the double treble crochet and the double triple crochet stitch the same stitch?

Yes, it is the same stitch. Some call the double treble crochet stitch, the double triple crochet.

Ready to Try Tall Crochet Stitches?

Learning how to crochet tall stitches can be a fun and rewarding experience for crocheters of all skill levels. These stitches can add a unique and elegant touch to any project and crochet stitch patterns. However, it can be challenging to work with these stitches, especially when it comes to keeping the loops even.

Overall, tall crochet stitches can be a fun and exciting way to add a new dimension to your crochet projects. With a little practice and patience, you can master these stitches and create beautiful, eye-catching designs.

Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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