How to Crochet: Double Treble Without a Turning Chain

By Candace – 6 Comments

Turning chains have a nasty habit of making the edges of project look bad, and the taller the stitch, the worse it gets. Fortunately, we can crochet without them using the technique in this tutorial. This double treble saves the trouble of starting chains and blends in better.

You can hold your cursor over the images to get a left-handed view.

To start, draw up the starting loop to the height of a dtr.

Holding the loop still with your finger, yarn over twice with the loop. There are now 5 loops on the hook (the original loop has 2 strands and each time you yarn over with the loop it added 2 loops).

Yarn over, pull through two loops. There are now 4 loops on the hook.

Yarn over, pull through two loops. There are now 3 loops on the hook.

Yarn over, pull through two loops. There are now 2 loops on the hook.

Yarn over, pull through the last two loops.

You can skip the first dtr (You’ve already worked it) and continue normally unless the turning chain counts as a dtr in your pattern.

If you need any help, feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. Grace says:

    OK, THAT is useful and gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it. I presume we can do the same with a double or half, but what about a single?

  2. Tanya says:

    ooOOOooo clever!!! thanks so much!

  3. Dena says:

    This is how I do a lot of my edges. The other way is to short the turning chain by one chain which keeps it neater and the height is always perfect!

  4. Beverly says:

    I’m totally blown away. I’ve been crocheting for 46+ years and often come up with short cuts or ways that I feel make my crocheting better/easier/faster.

    But, never in all my days have I seen this trick. WOW! No more chaining two or three for a dc and hope my tension is right (which, of course, has gotten pretty predictive over the years). I’m going to start using this for all beginning stitches that need a yo.

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m a changed crocheter. I’ve seen the light. I’ll be sharing this with all my students.

  5. Linda says:

    What a great way to make the edges of a project have a more finished look. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for a great technique!!

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