How to Treble Crochet for Beginners

Are you interested in learning how to treble crochet? If so, this blog post is for you! Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been crocheting for a while and are looking to add another stitch type to your repertoire, the treble crochet will offer up plenty of creative possibilities.

How to Treble Crochet for Beginners

This comprehensive guide will take you through step-by-step instructions on how to treble crochet for beginners. We’ll walk through everything from what tools and materials you’ll need to get started, as well as functions of each part of the stitch itself. After reading this blog post, navigating new patterns involving Trebles should be easy peasy!

What Is the Symbol for Treble Crochet?

The symbol for treble crochet is an abbreviation that looks like this: tr. This symbol is typically found in a pattern or chart, and it stands for the stitch treble crochet. To identify a particular type of stitch when reading a pattern, look out for symbols such as these following the number of stitches you need to make.

When crocheting, you can add more height with every additional stitch by increasing the amount of wraps around your hook – this is what makes treble crochet so special.

A single wrap will create a single crochet stitch (sc), two wraps will create double crochet (dc) and three wraps will create treble crochet (tr). So once you have completed the second row of your fabric, you can start to create a treble crochet.

A treble crochet stitch is made by yarn over, place the hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, (yarn over and draw through two loops on the hook twice). This will create a tall stitch that adds more height to your work than double or single crochet stitches.

It’s perfect for big projects such as garments, accessories and home decor items. So now that you know what tr stands for and how to make it correctly, let’s move on to practicing this new skill! Good luck with your treble crochet journey! With practice and patience, you’ll soon be an expert at creating beautiful fabrics with tr stitches.

8 Methods on How to Treble Crochet for Beginners

1. Yarn over Twice

Before beginning the stitch, yarn over twice; this will create a loop on your hook that is larger than the loops used in double crochet. If you are working flat and creating a foundation chain, make sure to yarn over twice for the last chain in each row.

Create a Loop on Your Hook

While if you are already working in a row, yarn over twice at the beginning of each treble crochet stitch. To yarn over twice, wrap the yarn around your hook two times. Try to keep these yarnovers loose, as it will help to make your stitch even.

2. Insert the Hook

Insert your hook into the stitch where you want to start the treble crochet. Wrap the yarn over your hook, draw it through the stitch, and pull up a loop. You should now have three loops on your hook. While you are working, the stitch will always have three loops until it is completed. Though the size of these loops may vary, the number will remain constant.

If you have difficulty counting the loops, use a stitch marker to help keep track. However, the stitch marker will not move with the stitches. It is recommended that you only use it as a guide to help count loops and remove it once you have established the correct number.

3. Yarn Over

Yarn over your hook once, pulling the yarn through the stitch. You should now have four loops on your hook. If you have more or less, you may need to back up and adjust the number of chains you created in the beginning.

Although it can be tricky in the beginning, once you get the hang of yarnovers and chains, you’ll find them to be second nature. You should now have four loops on your hook. Try to work the yarn over and chain stitches as tightly as possible so that your treble crochet doesn’t become too loose or uneven.

4. Pull Through Two Loops

Pull the hook from back to front through two of the four loops on your hook – you should now have three loops on your hook. If you are familiar with Single Crochet, this step is similar to when you finish a single crochet stitch.

Then, yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook. This completes one treble crochet stitch. If you want to keep going, repeat steps 2-4 for as many stitches as you need. Now that you know how to treble crochet, try out a few stitches and practice increasing or decreasing the number of stitches in a row.

Just remember, to make the stitches even, you need to pull through two loops at a time – not one or three! However, if you are a novice crocheter, don’t worry too much about the evenness of your stitches. With enough practice and patience, you will get better and produce even rows of treble crochet stitches.

Pull Through the Last
Two Loops on Hook

5. Practice Chaining:

Practice chaining before attempting the treble crochet stitch. This will help you get a feel for how to hold the yarn and hook properly. To begin a chain, insert the hook into the center of the loop on the hook and yarn over. Then pull the yarn through the loop and make a new loop on the hook. Continue until you have the desired number of chains.

While chaining can seem tedious and daunting, it’s a crucial step to mastering the treble crochet stitch. To make sure your chains are all the same size, keep an even tension and consistently use the same number of yarn overs. If your chains are too tight, the treble crochet stitch will be very difficult to work with.

6. Choose a Smooth Yarn

Choosing a smooth, light-colored yarn will make it easier to see the stitches as you work. Avoid yarn with a lot of texture or delicate fibers, which can make it difficult to see the stitches. A medium-weight yarn (size 4) is a great option for beginners, as it will make the stitches easier to see and control.

Once you become more confident with your treble crochet skills, you can experiment with different types of yarn. TO find out more about different types of yarn, ask a sales associate at your local yarn store for help.

Choosing a Light
-colored Yarn

Though it may seem intimidating at first, with a bit of practice and patience, you will soon be confidently crocheting treble stitches. Additionally, you can find many helpful tutorials online that can help to further boost your confidence and skills.

7. Start with a Foundation Chain

Begin with a foundation chain of the desired length, then practice working treble crochet stitches into each chain. You will work from right to left across the chain. To start, yarn over twice and insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook.

Yarn over and pull through the stitch, then yarn over and pull through two loops twice. This will create your first treble crochet (tr) stitch. If you want to create taller stitches, yarn over 2 more times before inserting your hook into the next stitch.

8. Use a Stitch Marker

Use a stitch marker to help you keep track of where you are in the pattern. This is especially helpful if you are working on a complex design that requires multiple rows of treble crochet stitches. Place the stitch marker in the last stitch of each row. This will help you easily count your stitches and keep track of what comes next.

When you finish the row, simply move the stitch marker up to the newly completed row. This will help you keep your work straight and even. If you don’t have a stitch marker, you can use a scrap of yarn or even a paperclip. Although not necessary, using a stitch marker can make counting your stitches much easier and faster.

Things to Consider When Treble Crocheting for Beginners

1. Practice with a Lighter Weight Yarn

You don’t have to use the heaviest yarn available when treble crocheting; in fact, a lighter weight yarn may help you to learn the technique more quickly. As a beginner, try using a worsted-weight or DK yarn and 4.5mm-sized hook for the first few projects.

Try Using a Worsted-weight Yarn

2. Make a Slip Knot

To start treble crocheting, you’ll need to make a slip knot on your crochet hook. To do this, wrap the yarn around two fingers twice and pull up one loop through the other to create a loose knot.

3. Begin with a Chain Stitch

Once you’ve made your slip knot, wrap the yarn around the hook and draw it through the loop on the hook to create a chain stitch. This is called “yarning over” and should be done every time you start a treble crochet project.

4. Treble Crochet Stitches

When you’ve yarned over, wrap the yarn around the hook again and insert it into the fourth chain stitch on your row. Draw the loop through to create three loops on your hook.

Wrap the yarn around the hook once more and pull it through two of the loops; you should now have two loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the last two loops; this completes a single treble crochet stitch.

5. Work in Continuous Rounds

Treble crochet stitches can also be worked in continuous rounds or spirals without joining with a slip stitch at the end of each round. To do this, simply count the number of stitches in each row and place a stitch marker on the last stitch to keep track of where your rounds start and end.

Place a Stitch Marker on the Last Stitch


In conclusion, treble crochet is an exciting and fun way to add intricate detail to your projects. It can be used in any yarn weight and hook size, which makes it incredibly versatile. 

As you become more experienced, you can experiment with different combinations to create something truly unique. With patience and practice, anyone can master the treble crochet stitch. Now that you’ve learned the basics of how to treble crochet for beginners, challenge yourself to try a project!

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Jennifer Branett

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