How to Crochet: Treble Crochet Stitches (tr)

By Rachel Choi – 38 Comments

Treble crochet stitches are very similar to double crochet stitches. The photo to the right shows a small swatch of treble stitches. They are longer than double crochet stitches and normally create a more airy piece.

Here is how to crochet treble crochet stitches: yarn over 2 times, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull up 2 loops) 3 times

For further explanation, here is a picture tutorial! This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.

Step 1: Yarn over ( wrap the yarn around your hook) 2 times

Step 2: Insert your hook into the stitch you want to make your treble crochet stitch in

Step 3: Yarn over ( wrap the yarn around your hook)

Step 4: Pull the strand of yarn through 1 loop on your hook. You should now have 4 loops on your hook.

Step 5: Yarn over ( wrap the yarn around your hook)

Step 6: Pull the strand of yarn through 2 loops on your hook. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.

Step 7: Yarn over ( wrap the yarn around your hook)

Step 8: Pull the strand of yarn through 2 loops on your hook. You should now have 2 loops on your hook.

Step 9: Yarn over ( wrap the yarn around your hook)

Step 10: Pull the strand of yarn through the final 2 loops on your hook. You should now have 1 loop on your hook.

Congrats! You just completed one treble crochet stitch! You can make rows and rows of treble crochet stitches. Just make sure you chain 4 (the height of a treble crochet stitch) before starting new rows. This way your work won’t bunch up on the ends.

If you need more help with crocheting treble crochet stitches, let me know and I’ll be glad to help!

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  1. Donna says:

    Your work is so clear. I am going to recommend you to some of my newbie crochet friends.

    I am new to crochet too. Just over 6 months. I have been experimenting with different stitches and find the Puff Stitch impossible. I can’t get the hook through all the loops on the hook. I have tried different yarns and hooks. Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong? Thanks!!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Donna! Try crocheting a little bit looser. Like after you make a loop pull up on it a little and so that it’s not so tight around the hook and easier to pull through all the loops at the end 🙂

      • Augusta says:

        I agree! Your picture tutorials are always so clear. You should consider putting them together in a book one day!

  2. Illy says:

    Thanks Rachel. Like Donna said, you make everything so clear and much easier to learn from 🙂

  3. Rachel says:

    For the LONGEST time I thought trebel was just another word for double, lol. I must have done it for a year. =) You’re awesome, I’ll be linking to this.

  4. jessi says:

    you have such awesome pics! Makes it easier to understand.

  5. joy says:

    Ok Lady, when u have time can u plz show how to make a (CBS),(cluster) and 2dctog.

  6. joy says:

    Thanks grl ur the best!!!!

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  9. Robin says:

    Thanks for the help! I am learning to crochet and all my friends are right handed, so your left pics really helped me out!

  10. Naomi says:

    Hey Rachel, is a treble crochet the same thing as a triple crochet, cause it seems like it. If it is, then I’d just like to point out that it is… cause it just makes things easier…

  11. Mally says:

    Hi, just wanted to say I tried about 7 picture tutorials for Treble in the last half hour and mucked my piece up, then checked in over here and picked it up on the first go round…Lovely, thanks; you have a great eye for instruction.

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  15. Gillian says:

    Fabulous photos! Does this stitch make the piece somewhat stretchy or is that totally dependant on the type of yarn used? I am wanting to make some stretchy headbands & halter tops.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Gillian, the yarn and a larger crochet hook would make it stretchy. This stitch doesn’t always make it stretchy. You can make a small swatch using the stitch to see if it gives your the stretchiness you like. Have fun with it!

  16. Sara says:

    Thanks, Rachel. I have a great book with crochet stitches (from Reader’s Digest back in the 80s), but couldn’t get to it, and needed a refresher on the treble crochet stitch for a dishcloth pattern I’d printed out. Of course, you have a very clear and simple tutorial that made it easy to double-check the parts of the stitch I wasn’t sure about quickly. I love your site! Sara

  17. CHERYL ANNE says:

    Thanks so much for showing how to do a treble crochet. I always thought I could not do this so I would pass over any pattern that had this stitch and with looking at your well explained instructions I think I can learn to do this. Thanks very much.

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  19. LiLkniTBiTz says:

    Answered* oops!

  20. amy says:

    I’m having a really hard time with this stitch. I can get everything through the loops but when I finish my back loop has stretched really far. This happens no matter how tight I keep my stitches. Please help. I hold my hook like a spoon and I can’t seem to master the pencil grip.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Amy, your problem is very common! I used to have this problem too. When you wrap your yarn over multiple times it’s very easy to loosen the tension. I think practice is probably the best solution. Try to keep the tension tight when you are working the entire stitch.

  21. Marie says:

    Hi there,

    How exactly did you do the pattern above? Did you chain in between?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Marie!

      Row 1: ch 14, tr in fifth ch from hook and in each ch across: 10 tr
      Row 2: ch 4, turn, tr in each tr across: 10 tr
      Repeat row 2, 1 more time or until it is the length desired.

      There aren’t any chains between the stitches. The treble crochets naturally have spaces between them because they are tall stitches. The swatch shown in the photo is just a bunch of treble crochets one after another.

  22. Deanna says:

    I need to bookmark your web page! I’m coming back to continue learning how to crochet. The instructions and pictures are so clear and easy for me to follow! Thank you! ~Dee

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Is there a pattern for making this larger? It is way too small for what I want. I tried doubling it all, did not work. Thanks

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Please let me know what pattern you are referring to. Maybe you left your comment on the wrong post, since it is on the treble crochet tutorial post and not on a pattern post.

  24. Bejae says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong when I do a Triple Crochet. I ALWAYS end up with a very sloppy first stitch (or last stitch when the triple is completed. I have tried tightening it up before I do the yarn overs but that doesnt work cause it still becomes sloppy and big at the end. Would love someone to either show or tell me how to rectify this. Please help. Bejae

    • Rachel Choi says:


      It sounds like you may need to tighten the very first yarn overs in your stitch (see step one in this tutorial). If that initial step is too loose it can make the whole stitch, especially the very top of it, look sloppy. It may take a bit of practice and time to get the right tension, so don’t give up!

  25. Aaron S. says:

    Rachel, thank you…I have seen other sites with misleading directions for stitches between the dc and tr. You have make it crystal clear, and so simple. I purchased one of your patterns on Etsy and forgot some of the basics. Thanks so much, and my wife thanks you too…I’m making here the cozy async poncho.

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