Friday, May 20, 2011

Crochet Friday Series 6: Treble Crochet

Treble Crochet, abbreviated Tr, is slightly longer than Double Crochet. Fabric composed entirely of treble crochet stitches is open and very flexible. If you don't have a clue what you could use this stitch for, I'll show you a few pictures I found on  the web that might explain it themselves. 

Note: Avoid confusions with this stitch by making sure that you have a pattern written in American English. UK terms are different and Treble Crochet is slightly different down there. Another thing, in American English, this stitch could also be displayed as Triple Crochet. I go by Treble, both words mean the same.

The written explanation of how to achieve this stitch is this: 1. Wrap the yarn over the hook twice, then insert the hook from front to back into the chain where it will be worked. Wrap the yarn over the hook again (while it's across the loop) and draw the yarn through the chain toward you, leaving four loops on the hook. 2. Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw it through the first two loops, leaving three loops on the hook. 3. Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw it through the first two loops, leaving two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw it under the last two loops. This leaves one loop on the hook and completes the stitch. 

It sounds like a lot of work, but no. It's very easy. I'm posting you a video that explains it:

So, OK, what can you do with this stitch? Let me begin with this Spring Shrug I made myself:
I will be posting a pattern for this soon. In the meantime, check this beauties out:

I found this at Adaiha's blog, Things to make and do. There's a pattern of how to do these, so if you feel ready to try a pattern, go for it. Please, navigate through other people's blogs, read different tutorials, posts, enrich your knowledge (even if it's still little), and try to crochet at least a bit every week. You won't regret it. Get some cheap yarn, I recommend something between #3 and #5 Ply yarn. Tags on products always have this information, always look on yarn weight before starting a project. And always have the right hook for it. This is an example of how it's displayed.
Now, get your hands in some yarn. Have a good one!

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