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How to Triple Crochet for Beginners (Treble Crochet)

Learn how to work the Triple Crochet Stitch (also called the Treble Stitch) with this step by step tutorial.

Once you have mastered the very beginning crochet techniques such as chaining, making a single and double stitch, the next logical stitch to learn is the Triple Crochet stitch, which is also known as the treble stitch.

If you have already learned a single and double stitch, then you already know the basics of making a triple stitch. There are just more steps to this crochet stitch. 

What is a Triple Crochet Stitch?

The Triple Crochet Stitch (also known as a Treble stitch) is a taller version of the Single (sc), Half Double (hdc) and Double Crochet (dc) stitches. 

The technique is basically the same as the basic crochet stitches, however there are a few additional Yarn Overs involved. This stitch actually begins with a Double Yarn Over.

The abbreviation for the Triple Stitch is tr or sometimes tc.

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Is Triple Crochet Stitch the Same as Treble Crochet Stitch?

Yes, Triple and Treble are both terms used for this particular stitch. As far as I know, there is absolutely no difference and the two names are interchangable. 

Basic Steps of the Triple Stitch

In this tutorial, I will show you how to do every step to make a triple stitch with photos showing the details. If you want a simple pattern guide for making a triple stitch, these are the basic instructions.

Start by making a slip knot and then a chain, then follow these steps: 

  1. Yarn Over 2 times
  2. Insert hook in stitch
  3. Yarn Over
  4. Pull thru 1 loop
  5. Yarn Over
  6. Pull thru 2 loops
  7. Yarn Over
  8. Pull thru last 2 loops

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How to Work the Triple Stitch (Step by Step)

For this project I used Cotton Yarn and a Crochet Hook Size I/9 or 5 mm.

In order to show you how to make a triple, we need to have some stitches to work into. I started by making a basic slip knot and then a crochet chain.

How many you chain is entirely up to you but I would suggest for practice to make at least 12 or 15.

Next, you will add 4 more chain stitches. These are the turning chain and will count as the first triple stitch.

Note: Before you continue, take a look at your chain and find the 5th stitch from the hook. This is the chain into which you will insert the hook. 

1. Yarn Over Two Times

To begin the actual stitch, you will Yarn Over twice. 

This is different from the single (sc), the half double (hdc) and the double (dc) where you only yarn over 1 time.

2. Insert Hook Into 5th Chain

Next, you will insert the hook into the 5th chain from the hook. 

3. Yarn Over a Second Time

With the barb end of the hook, grab the yarn from front to back.

4. Pull Yarn Through the Chain

Now you will pull the grabbed yarn backwards through 1 loop only. This will leave 4 loops of yarn on your hook.

5. Yarn Over a Third Time

Once again, grab the strand from front to back for a third Yarn Over.

6. Pull Yarn Through 2 Loops

Again, pull this yarn backwards, this time through 2 loops which will leave 3 left on the hook. 

7. Yarn Over a Fourth Time

Do another yarn over …

8. Pull Yarn Through 2 Loops

And again, pull the yarn back through 2 loops.

There should now be 2 loops left on your crochet hook.

9. Yarn Over a Fifth Time

Make one last yarn over.

10. Pull Yarn Through Last 2 Loops

Finally, pull the yarn back through the last two loops, leaving 1 yarn loop left on the hook.

This completes the first triple crochet stitch.

See the video for making a treble or triple stitch:

Finishing the First Row of Stitches

Repeat steps 1-10 above, working the 2nd stitch in the very next chain from the first stitch. 

Then, continue making a triple in each stitch all the way to the end of the chain. 

Working the 2nd Row of Stitches

Before you can turn your work and start row 2, you need to add height. 

To do this, make 4 Chain Stitches at the end of the first row. This will serve as your Turning Chain and become the first triple stitch.

Then, repeat steps 1-10 above, beginning with 2 Yarn Overs and inserting the hook in the 2nd stitch from the end of the row below. 

Continue working a triple into each stitch, making the last one in the top chain stitch of your turning chain from the previous row below.

Continue adding rows of stitches until your piece is as long as you want.

You can actually make a lovely, open weave scarf with just these basic techniques.

Make sure to also see these free Single Crochet PatternsHalf Double Crochet Patterns and Double Crochet Patterns.

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