Learn the treble stitch in this step by step tutorial. Wondering what “tr” means in your crochet pattern? It’s the abbreviations for the treble crochet stitch.
This tutorial will show you how to crochet the treble crochet stitch. The step by step tutorial includes photos and a video tutorial demonstrating the stitch.
The yarn I’m using in this tutorial is Joann’s Big Twist cotton. This variegated grey color is pewter. This is a worsted weight yarn, a #4 medium weight yarn.
I’m using cotton yarn, but you can choose any acrylic and fiber. The treble is a taller stitch, so it tends to be looser.
You can use any weight yarn and hook to learn this stitch. If you’re following a pattern then likely you already have a yarn and hook specified.
The treble crochet stitch can lend beautiful drape to your crochet projects. It’s also great for creating texture when you pair it with shorter stitches like the single crochet.
Crochet Patterns That Use The Treble Crochet Stitch
The Mila Shawl features that texture using treble stitches, this color block shawl works up sideways.
The Platinum Cowl from FiberFlux is a cozy and squishy use of the treble crochet stitch!
- any weight yarn; pictured is Joann’s Big Twist Cotton in pewter.
- compatible hook with your yarn; pictured here is Furl’s Odyssey 5mm US Size H-8 in Peach*.
- For this tutorial we’ll start each new row of treble crochets with a chain 4. This chain 4 will count as the first treble crochet in the row. This also means you will work into the top of this chain 4, as if it were a stitch because it counts as one.
Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)
ch – Chain-click the link for a tutorial on how to crochet a chain
tr – treble crochet
rep – repeat
Slip Knot-patterns will assume you know this, click the link for a tutorial.
Gauge is a measure of how many stitches per inch/cm and how many rows per inch/cm. This is usually measured over a 4″/10cm square.
Checking gauge is not necessary to learn this stitch. It’s important to check gauge when working patterns, especially for fitted items.
The treble crochet stitch is works up in rows here. You’ll turn your work at the end of each row. Then your crochet back across that row, placing the new stitches in the top of the previous row’s stitches.
To start a row with a different number of treble crochet stitches than shown here, use any number. Make note that for these instructions the first 3 chains will be skipped.
Those skipped chains will not count as a stitch. They are considered the turning chain.
So if you want 12 treble crochet stitches, then chain 15. If you want 19 stitches, then chain 22.
Scroll down for how to crochet the double crochet stitch tutorial.
- Any weight yarn, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn for this treble stitch tutorial.
- Choose a hook that matches your yarn, I use my 5mm US Size H-8 Odyssey hook here.
- To work a swatch of treble stitches, chain 3 more than the desired number of stitches.
- For this tutorial, I chain 15.
- Skip the first 3 chains, and work into the next chain.
- Yarn over two times.
- Insert hook into the stitch.
- Yarn over again and pull up a loop.
- Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on your hook).
- Yarn over and pull through 2 loops again (2 loops left on your hook). Here it looks like a double crochet, but we're not done yet.
- Yarn over one last time and pull through the last two loops (1 loop left on hook).
- You've made one tr, or treble stitch. This is the first stitch of the row, since we're not counting the skipped chains as a stitch.
- Repeat Steps 4 - 9 in the next stitch,
- And continue in each stitch each stitch across the row, and then turn your work.
- Ch 4 to start a new row of treble stitches. This ch 4 will count as the first treble stitch of row 2.
- Work into the next stitch and follow Steps 4 - 9 to treble in each stitch across, turn.
- When you end row 3, you'll work into the top chain.
- Continue to repeat Steps 13-14 for the length of the project.