What Does DC Mean in Crochet? Your Handy Guide

In crochet, “dc” stands for “double crochet,” and you’ll discover how it’s done and why it’s awesome.

You’ve heard the whispers: DC, the crochet stitch that will change your crafting game forever. Curious, aren’t you? Well, you’ve hit the jackpot because we’re diving deep into the world of double crochet today. Expect crystal-clear directions and pro tips to turn those yarn balls into masterpieces. Let’s unravel the magic!

Key takeaways:

  • DC stands for double crochet, a versatile stitch in crochet.
  • Abbreviations save space and make patterns easier to follow.
  • Master the step-by-step tutorial for double crochet stitches.
  • Follow the key moves for double crochet in rows.
  • Learn how to do a double crochet increase and avoid common mistakes.



One of the most common abbreviations you’ll encounter in crochet patterns is “dc”. It stands for double crochet. Think of it as the dodgeball of crochet stitches – it’s quick, versatile, and shows up everywhere.

Understanding crochet abbreviations is like learning a new language. Instead of “double crochet stitch,” you simply see “dc”. Patterns would be endless paragraphs otherwise. Imagine deciphering a novel-sized scroll just to make a scarf!

Abbreviations save space and make patterns easier to follow, especially those complex ones that look like yarn spaghetti. It’s the secret code of the crochet world, and once you crack it, the patterns become less like algebra and more like a favorite recipe.

Double Crochet Step-by-Step Tutorial

Start with a foundation chain. Yarn over (that’s the crochet version of dressing up your hook). Insert the hook into the fourth chain from the hook—trust me, those skipped chains will come back to join the party later.

Yarn over again. Pull through that chain you just inserted into. Now you have three loops on the hook—sounds like a magic trick, but hang on. Yarn over once more. Pull through the first two loops.

Now you’re left with just two loops. Almost there! Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops. Voilà! You’ve got your double crochet stitch.

Continue this dance across your row. Each stitch will start the same way: yarn over, insert, pull through, yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, pull through two. Keep the rhythm and you’ll be double crocheting like a pro.

How to Double Crochet in Rows

To nail double crochet in rows, you need to master a few key moves.

First, kick off with a foundation chain. This chain should be a tad longer than your desired width. Remember, each stitch eats up a bit of that length.

Next, yarn over and insert your hook into the fourth chain from the hook. This spot is the magical portal where double crochet really begins.

Yarn over again and pull through that chain. Now, you’ve got three loops lounging on your hook.

Yarn over and pull through the first two loops. This leaves two nonchalant loops hanging out together.

One more yarn over, then pull through those last two loops. Voilà! You’ve unleashed your first double crochet stitch.

For the next stitch, yarn over, insert your hook into the very next chain, and repeat the party. This rhythm continues across the row, creating a delightful crochet parade.

To start the next row, channel your inner acrobat and chain three, then flip your work like a pancake. Your next double crochet stitch will jump into action in the second stitch of the previous row.

Keep crocheting row by row, and soon you’ll see a tapestry of double crochet stitches unfold before your eyes.

How to Do a Double Crochet Increase

To add an extra stitch without turning your project into a Picasso-like abstraction, here’s what you need to do.

First, work your double crochet stitch as you normally would, but don’t celebrate your success just yet! In that same stitch, you’re going to insert your hook and work another double crochet. Voilà! You’ve just increased your stitch count in the same space.

  • Here’s a breakdown:
  • Yarn over, insert your hook into the designated stitch.
  • Yarn over again, pull through the stitch (3 loops on your hook now, feeling fancy?).
  • Yarn over, pull through the first two loops (you’re almost there).
  • Yarn over once more, pull through the last two loops. That’s one double crochet.
  • Now, repeat steps 1-4 in the exact same stitch.

Remember, you’re essentially doubling up in the same spot. This technique is fantastic for shaping your project or just surprising your pattern with a little extra volume!

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Watch that tension! Too tight and you’ll wind up with a yarn-based plank; too loose, and it might double as a fishing net. Aim for that Goldilocks zone.

Don’t forget the yarn over. Skipping that step will leave your stitch looking like it’s missing a crucial chromosome. Always yarn over before diving into that next stitch.

Pay attention to stitch height. The double crochet stitch should be tall and proud, not short and stubby like it’s been caught in a rainstorm. Ensure you pull up the yarn enough before completing the stitch.

Counting is key. Miss one stitch and your project could end up looking more abstract Picasso than cozy blanket. So, count your stitches every row to keep everything on track.

Mind the turning chain. It’s easy to skip or forget, resulting in lopsided edges. Remember, that turning chain often counts as your first double crochet!

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