How to do the Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial With Video

The Treble Crochet stitch is one of the basic crochet stitches that is simple and works up quickly.  The Treble Crochet stitch is a tall stitch that is even taller than a double crochet. 

This tutorial will show you how to do the Treble Crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step instructions with photo tutorial and a video tutorial is also included.

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completed treble crochet swatch done in grey yarn

Abbreviations:

This tutorial uses US crochet terms but if you’re more familiar with UK terminology, I’ve included a list of all the crochet abbreviations we’ll be using in the tutorial plus, their UK crochet term equivalent.

US TermsUK Terms
CH = ChainCH = Chain
ST = StitchST = Stitch
TR = Treble Crochet StitchDTR = Double Treble Crochet Stitch
TRDEC = Treble Crochet DecreaseDTRDEC = Double Treble Crochet Decrease
TRINC = Treble Crochet Increase / 2 Treble Stitches in the same STDTRINC = Double Treble Crochet Increase / 2 DTRs in the same ST

What’s the Difference Between Treble and Triple Crochet?

They are the same thing! Often when you’ll see TR used it is called the US Triple Crochet or just triple crochet. When it is called a triple they are referring to the number of yarn overs needed to do the stitch.  However, using the term triple crochet stitch is an incorrect labelling of the Treble Crochet stitch as it isn’t recognized or listed by the Craft Yarn Council standards.

What is treble crochet good for?

The treble crochet is great for blankets and making quickly, lacy-looking summer tops and market bags. I love to use the treble crochet worked next to shorter stitches like the single crochet to use it to create some really cool texture in my fabric. Check out the link to my Tiny Pebbles Ear Warmer at the end of the post to see how that works. It’s very cool.

The fabric created using just Treble Crochet stitches is reversible, meaning the front and the back look almost identical.

right side of the treble crochet swatch
Front “right” side
wrong side of the treble crochet swatch
Back “wrong” side

Materials:

For this tutorial I’m using King Cole Timeless Chunky Yarn (available at your local yarn store or here on Lovecrafts) and a 6.0 mm crochet hook but this stitch can be done with your preferred yarn weight and hook size.

Watch the Video Version of This Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial Here:

Notes:

  • If you’re creating a fabric made of only TR stitches, to get the number of stitches you want, you need to take the number of stitches you want to create and add 3 to that number. So if you want to have 20 stitches, you need to start with a foundation chain of 23 chains.

  • How many do you chain for treble crochet?
    • You’ll need to create a CH 4 for your turning chain. The CH 4 at the beginning of the row count as the first TR stitch.

crochet swatch on a white background with text that says how to do the treble crochet stitch tutorial with video tutorial


Starting Row 1

Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of chains.  For my example, I want to have 15 stitches so I’m starting with a chain of 18.  Yarn over (YO)  hook twice.  Insert the hook into the fifth chain from the hook.

crochet hook with two yarn overs on it

Step 2:  YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on your hook).

hook inserted into a chain with a yarn over on the hook about to be pulled through the chain
crochet hook with 4 loops on it - 2nd step of the treble crochet stitch

Step 3: YO and pull through the first two (2) loops on your hook. (3 loops remaining on hook)

crochet hook with a yarn over and4 loops on it
crochet hook with 3 loops on it

Step 4:  YO and pull through the first two (2) loops on your hook. (2 loops remaining on hook)

2nd to last yarn over of the stitch
hands holding a crochet hook and yarn showing that there are 2 loops remaining on the hook at this step in the tutorial

Step 5:  YO and pull through the remaining two (2) loops on your hook. first treble crochet stitch completed.

last yarn over of the stitch
completed treble crochet stitch and turning chain

Repeat steps 2 to 5 in each unworked chain across.

Working the Second Row of Treble Crochet Stitches

Step 1: Turn your work and CH 4.  This is your turning chain to help bring your yarn up to the correct height.  Usually the turning chain at the beginning of each row counts as your first stitch.  Whether it does count as the first stitch or not, should be noted in the note section of your pattern.

chain 4 turning chain being shown y hands holding a small swatch of treble crochet stitches

Step 2: YO twice and insert the hook into the second stitch (skipping the first). YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook)

hand holding yarn and hook showing two yarn overs on the hook that has been inserted into the stitch with a yarn over in the process of being pulled through the stitch

Step 3: YO and pull through the first two (2) loops on your hook. (3 loops remaining on hook).  

hand holding yarn and hook showing the 2nd to last yarn over of the stitch

Stsep 4: YO and pull through the first two (2) loops on your hook. (2 loops remaining on hook).  

hand holding yarn and hook showing the last yarn over of the stitch

Step 5: YO and pull through all remaining loops on hook.  TR stitch completed.

completed treble crochet stitch and chain 4 turning chain

Repeat Step 4 until the end of the Row, placing your last TR stitch in the top of the skipped chains from the previous row.

To Work Subsequent Rows of Treble/Triple Crochet

Repeat Steps 1 – 4 of working Row Two until your project reaches the desired size, making sure to work your last stitch into the top of the turning chain.  Placing a stitch marker into the 4th chain of your turning chain can help you keep track of it for your next row.

2 rows of completed treble crochet stitch with a silver metal crochet hook on a white background

Ready to learn some new crochet stitches techniques? Here are some other great crochet tutorials to check out next on your crochet journey:

Be sure to check out my Crochet Stitch Tutorials page to get a list of tutorials for basic stitches in both traditional crochet and Tunisian stitches, tips, tricks, special stitch patterns and techniques and more. Happy Crocheting!

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