There are a multitude of crochet patterns that rely on chaining and single crochet. And you could manage well enough with just those two stitches.
However, if you wanted to create height or texture in your work, you’ll need to expand your repertoire of crochet stitches.
Let’s start off simple with the double crochet stitch.
You’ll need a decent weight yarn and hook to start off with, just so you can get used to how it all works.
As with most beginner projects we’ll start with a chain. I’ve chained 6 but you can make your piece as big or as small as you like. For the complete newbies out there, check out An Introduction to Crochet to learn how to chain.
We’ll be working into the second chain from the hook, which is highlighted purple.
Unlike with single crochet, yarn over before you insert your hook into the loop.
You should have 3 loops on your hook, one of those being the chain loop.
Yarn over, then pull through the chain loop.
You should have 3 loops on the hook still.
then pull through two of the loops.
Similar to a single crochet, the first stage of the double crochet creates a π shape.
Yarn over again then pull through the last two loops, creating another π shape.
Work the next stitch into the next chain along, highlighted orange. Remember to yarn over before going into the chain!
Like before, yarn over and pull through the chain loop.
Then with three loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through 2.
And again, yarn over then pull through the remaining 2.
If you chained 6 at the beginning like I did, there should be 3 chain stitches left to work into.
Now that we’ve finished the row it’s time to turn.
Unlike with single crochet, for double crochet you need to chain 3. Chaining 3 will give you the height of the double crochet.
When you’ve chained, you can turn the work.
Carry on double crocheting over the new row – making sure you pick up the “v” shape of the double loops.
If you chained 6 at the beginning, at this point you should have 5 double crochets and one chain (highlighted blue).
As you can see from the above picture, the chain can pass for a double crochet. There are more advanced ways of replacing the chain with the desired stitch, but for now stick with the basics.
When you’ve finished, it’s time to cast off.
Cut the working yarn, so you have at least a 2″ tail.
Pull the loop that’s on your hook.
And you’re done! If you wanted to make a bigger piece, feel free to experiment! You could quite easily make drink coasters or something similar using only double crochet!