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The Double Crochet (DC) stitch is one of the basics of crochet. It’s simple and effective and versatile. You’ll come across it in a lot of patterns on it’s own and in combination with other stitches. I like that it is simple and builds up your project quicker (quick is especially important to me when it comes to afghans or scarves!)
Some quick explanations of terms and abbreviations that you might come across. They are basically self explanatory but for the purposes of the tutorial more information is always better.
Yarn Over- Abbreviated YO, Wrap the yarn over the hook. There, easy. I’ve noticed that people do this a little differently. I even find myself yarning over or hooking the yarn from different directions based on the stitch I’m using. You are essentially adding one more loop over the hook.
Pull Through- Not sure that I’ve ever seen this abbreviated but I’m sure it has been. This step is when you will take the hook and pull the last yarn over through either the stitch or the other loops on the hook. The stitch explanation should tell you which.
The basic steps of the Double Crochet are Yarn Over (so there will be 2 loops on your hook), Insert hook through next stitch, Yarn Over and Pull hook back through the stitch (now there are 3 loops on your hook). Yarn Over again and pull through the first 2 loops (Down to just 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over one more time and pull through the remaining 2 loops. Rinse and repeat! 🙂