The Plush Crochet-Along: Day 2

Welcome back to our crochet for beginners challenge!

How did you get on yesterday with your slip knots and chain stitches?

If you’re struggling with anything at all, from holding the crochet hook to getting those stitches right, feel free to ask any questions over in the Plush Crochet-along Facebook group, don’t give up yet!

Got your hook and crochet yarn ready?

Let’s learn to crochet! Today we’re going to learn slip stitch and how to double crochet.

Slip Stitch

Yesterday we did a slip knot and 5 chain stitches. To join this up to make a circle you will need to ‘slip stitch’ into the first chain stitch. 

You should have a line of 5 loops, not including the one on the hook.

Step 1:

Pop your hook into the very first chain stitch next to your slip knot.

STEP 2:

You should now have two loops on your hook.

Step 3:

Pop your yarn over the hook and pull it through the first loop.

Step 4:

You should have two loops on your hook again. Pull the top loop through the bottom loop so there’s only one loop on the hook again.

You have completed your first slip stitch! You should now have a crochet circle with a hole in the middle.

Need a little more help?

Try following the video below:

Right Handed

Left Handed


Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet)

Now you have your foundation circle, you’re ready to learn double crochet. 

Just to confuse things, the US and the UK have different names for the crochet stitches. If you are reading a US pattern, what you are about to learn is a double crochet.

If you are reading a UK pattern, this is a treble crochet.

We have found most crochet patterns are in US terms so we will be sticking to US terms for this tutorial.

It’s REALLY important that you know which terms the patterns are using. Normally what gives it away is that the UK does not use single crochet stitches, as they are known as double crochet stitches. So if the pattern mentions single crochet stitches, you know it’s a US pattern. There’s a printable below too so you can refer to it easily.

If you gently pull your circle open, you’ll see you have two holes next to your hook. The top hole is your slip stitch, but underneath you should have another hole which is the centre of your circle. This is where we will be inserting the hook for each double crochet stitch. 

Before you start any double crochet stitches, we need 3 chain stitches to start the next row. This defines the height of the next row of stitches.

Step 1:

Chain 3 (Yarn over, pull the yarn through the loop of your hook, 3 times. If you’ve forgotten your chain stitch, here’s the video to help – )

Step 2:

Wrap your yarn around your hook.

Step 3:

Pop your hook into the centre of your circle.

Step 4:

Wrap your yarn around your hook again and pull it through the centre circle.

You should now have 3 loops on your hook (This is why in the UK, we would call this a treble crochet).

Step 5:

Wrap your yarn around your hook and go through 2 of those stitches.

You should now have only 2 stitches on your hook.

Step 6:

Wrap your yarn around your hook and go through the remaining 2 stitches.

You have done your first double crochet stitch!

Remember if you’re following a UK pattern, this is a treble crochet stitch.

Need your video assistance? Here you go:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Ready for the next part of your granny square pattern?

Yesterday we did…

Step 1:

Make a slip knot so your hook is attached to your yarn.

Step 2:

Chain 5.

Next we need to…

Step 3:

Slip stitch into the first chain next to your slip stitch (the one furthest from your hook).

Step 4:

Chain 3 (You need 3 double crochet stitches for each side of your granny square and this chain counts as your first one).

You may find it helpful to put a stitch marker into the last chain as you’ll need to slip stitch into this at the end of the row.

Step 5:

2 double crochet stitches in the centre of your circle.

Step 6:

Chain 2 (This makes a corner on your granny square).

Step 7:

3 double crochet stitches into the same centre hole.

Step 8:

Chain 2 (This makes another corner).

Step 9:

3 double crochet stitches into the same centre hole.

Step 10:

Chain 2 (For your final corner).

STep 11:

3 double crochet stitches into the centre hole once more.

Step 12:

Chain 2 for a final corner and slip stitch into the 3rd chain stitch you made right at the beginning.

This should be at the top.

You should now have a tiny crocheted square, yay! 

If you need some help, here’s the video for this part of the granny square:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Don’t forget to share your progress with us in the Plush Crochet-along Facebook group and don’t be afraid to ask any questions. We want to see your crochet projects every step of the way!

See you tomorrow where we’ll learn the single crochet stitch and why we need those yarn needles!


Missed a day in our crochet-along?

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