As I said in the last crochet tutorial, half double crochet is my favorite stitch, but double crochet runs a close second. It's a perfect stitch for when you want something super soft but don't mind having a relatively loose weave, and it's the foundation for many of the other "complex" stitches and patterns.
Today's tutorial assumes you already know how to make a slip knot, chain, and yarn over. If you haven't learned those techniques yet, please go to the first tutorial in this series first, where you will learn those as well as the single crochet stitch. You may also want to check out the half double lesson before continuing with this one.
If you have those stitches down, let's move on to double crochet.
To start off, use a slip knot to cast on and chain thirty-six. We will begin our first row in the third chain from the hook. Yarn over and go into the third chain from your hook.
Yarn over again, and pull the yarn through the stitch. You should have three loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull the yarn through the first two loops. You should have two loops remaining on your hook.
Yarn over again, and pull through both loops. You should just have one loop on your hook and a finished double crochet stitch.
Continue this pattern until you have worked a stitch into each chain. You should have 34 complete stitches. Chain three and turn your work.
This chain three will be your first stitch in the row. Work your next stitch into the next opening.
Be careful not to work within the same stitch like you would with half double crochet, or you will end up with your work getting larger with each row. I know it looks like you will have a gap at first, but have patience. Any gaps will close once you finish a couple of rows.
Work the second row until you get to the end. Count! You should have thirty-four stitches total. Many people will stop at the thirty-third stitch because the final opening looks a little different because chains tend to be a bit tighter than regular stitches.
Pull the chain to make the last stitch easier to see. Work your last double crochet, chain three, and turn your work.
Continue working until you have seventeen complete rows of thirty-four double crochet stitches. Once you complete the final stitch, snip your yarn a few inches from the hook and pull the thread up with your hook. Weave in your ends, and you are done.
If you have any questions regarding today's tutorial, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. I try my best to answer all comments within twenty-four hours.