The Plush Crochet-Along: Day 4

Hi there!

Wow, can you believe we are on day 4 of our crochet for beginners challenge already?

Still struggling to learn to crochet?

Don’t worry!

We’re waiting for you in the ‘Plush Crochet-along’ Facebook group if you’re stuck or need to ask any questions.

Equally if you’re super proud of your progress, we’d love to see that too! 

So far you should be able to..

🧶  Make a slip knot

🧶  Chain stitch

🧶  Slip stitch

🧶  Single crochet

🧶  Double crochet

🧶  Fasten off

Today we’re going to learn how to change colour, do a half double crochet stitch, a treble crochet stitch and we’ll find out what ‘back loops only’ means.


Changing Colour

After all your hard work this week, changing colour might sound quite scary.

I promise it’s easier than you think! 

If you still have your practice piece from when we were learning to double crochet, this would be perfect to practice on but if you’re feeling brave, lets go straight in and carry on with our heart granny square.

Step 1:

Grab your 2nd colour yarn and do a slip knot so it’s attached to your crochet hook.

Here’s a slip knot video guide:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Step 2:

Turn your heart upside down and slip stitch into the back loops only of the stitch that is the bottom point of your heart.

Step 3:

Single crochet into the back loop only of the next stitch.

Here’s a single crochet video reminder:

Right Handed

Left Handed

You have successfully changed colour!

Need some video guidance?

Take a look at the video below:

Right Handed

Left Handed

What does Back Loops Only mean?

To complete today’s row of the heart granny square, we will be stitching into the back loops only to make sure the heart is slightly raised in our granny square. 

Look at your heart from above, can you see the V shapes?

The top of each stitch has a front loop and a back look in order to form that V.

For this entire row, we will be only pushing our hook through the back loop of each stitch, which will give us that raised effect in the end.

Half Double Crochet (UK Half Treble)

You will also need to learn half double crochet to complete today’s row.

Step 1:

Wrap your crochet yarn around your hook and insert your hook into the back loop of the next stitch.

Step 2:

Pull your yarn through so you have 3 loops on your hook.

Step 3:

Wrap your yarn around your hook again and go through all 3 loops that are on your hook.

Need a video to help you along? Here you go:

This is a half double crochet in US terms but in the UK we would call this a half treble crochet, referring to the 3 loops on the hook. For more information on the US/UK crochet stitch terms, check out our handy blog. 

To continue with your heart granny square:

Step 1:

Double crochet into the next stitch, remembering to work into the back loop only.

Here’s a video guide on how to double crochet:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Treble Crochet (UK Double Treble)

The next stitch is a treble crochet into the back loops only.

Step 1:

Wrap your yarn around the hook twice.

Step 2:

Put your hook into the back loop of the next stitch.

Step 3:

Pull the yarn through, you should have 4 loops on your hook.

Step 4:

Wrap your yarn around the hook once.

Step 5:

Pull the yarn through just two of the loops on the hook.

You should have 3 loops on the hook.

Step 6:

Wrap your yarn around the hook once.

Pull the yarn through just two of the loops on the hook once again.

You should now have just 2 loops remaining on your hook.

Step 7:

Wrap your yarn around the hook once, a final time.

Step 8:

Pull the yarn through both of the remaining two loops.

This is a US treble crochet, which the UK would call a double treble stitch. Learn more about the different terms here. 

Need some video help with treble crochet?

Here you go:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Ready for the next part of your granny square pattern?

Do the first part of this blog so you have changed colour, slip stitched into the back loop of the point of the heart at the bottom, done a single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and a treble crochet and then continue with…

Step 1:

Chain 2, to create a corner.

Step 2:

Double crochet into the back loop of the next stitch.

Step 3:

Half double crochet into the back loop only of the next stitch.

Step 4:

Single crochet into the next 4 stitches, remembering to only put your hook into the back loop of each one.

Step 5:

Chain 2, to create another corner.

Step 6:

Single crochet into the back loops of the next 4 stitches.

You should now be at the centre of your heart.

Step 7:

Half double crochet into the middle of the shell.

You will see a stitch in here from the previous row and it might feel wrong going back into here, but it’s the right one I promise!

It defines the top of the heart so you have a clear gap in between the two curves that make the heart shape.

Warning! It’s easy to miss a stitch here.

Gently pull the stitch you just did to the right to reveal the stitch underneath. 

Step 8:

Single crochet into the next 4 stitches, remembering to go back to stitching in the back loop only of each stitch.

Step 9:

Chain 2, to create another corner.

Step 10:

Single crochet into the next 4 stitches again, not forgetting to pop your hook into the back loop of each stitch only.

Step 11:

Half double crochet into the back loop of the next stitch.

Step 12:

Double crochet into the back loop of the next stitch.

Step 13:

Chain 2, to make a final corner for our square.

Step 14:

Treble crochet into the back loop of the next stitch.

Step 15:

Double crochet into the back loop of the next stitch.

Step 16:

Half double crochet into the next back loop.

Step 17:

Single crochet into the final back loop of the row.

Step 18:

Slip stitch into the slip stitch where we attached the yarn to complete the square.

Need a video tutorial for this part?

Here you go:

Right Handed

Left Handed

Now you have your heart in a white square, well done!

I find this row the hardest, so if you have got this far successfully you are doing AMAZING!

It’s a breeze from here as you have now mastered all of the stitches you need to complete the crocheted square! 

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 be adding another row onto our granny square.


Missed a day in our crochet-along?

Click the “Plush Crochet-Along” tag on the left hand side of this page or click here to see the entire series on our blog.


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