How To Craft Triple Stitch From Start To End 

The Triple Stitch, often known as the treble crochet, stands as one of the fundamental techniques in the crochet universe. Towering at three times the height of a typical single crochet, this stitch brings depth, volume, and a touch of drama to patterns.

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Whether you’re aiming to create lacy shawls, airy afghans, or textured scarves, the triple stitch offers versatility that few other stitches can match. As with all crafts, it requires patience and practice. But once mastered, the triple stitch becomes more than just a technique—it evolves into an artist’s statement.

Dive into the world of crocheting with the triple stitch and unlock a new dimension in your handcrafted projects. Welcome to the elevated realm of triple-stitch crochet.

What Is Triple Stitch Crochet ?

The triple stitch crochet, also commonly known as the treble crochet (in U.S. terminology), is a basic crocheting technique that produces a tall stitch. When compared to other foundational stitches like the single, half-double, and double crochet, the triple stitch is notably taller, making it ideal for designs that require more drape or a looser fabric. To create the triple stitch:

  • yarn over (yo) the hook twice.
  • Make sure that the hook is inserted into the desired stitch.
  • Make a loop by yarning over (yo) and pulingl (tug) up. You should have four loops on hook.
  • yarn over (yo) and draw via the first two loops, leaving the three loops on hook.
  • yarn over (yo) again and draw via the next two loops. This leaves two loops on hook.
  • yarn over (yo) one last time and pull via the remaining two loops.

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How To Make Triple Stitch Crochet?

Certainly! Making a triple stitch crochet (often referred to as treble crochet in U.S. terminology) is straightforward once you get the hang of it. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Start with a Foundation Chain

  • Begin by making a foundation chain of the desired length. If you’re starting from scratch, make a slip knot and then chain a few stitches.

yarn over (yo) Twice

  • Wrap the yarn around your crochet hook two times.

Insert the Hook

  • Insert (slide) the hook into the fourth chain from the hook for the first triple crochet. For subsequent stitches, you’ll insert the hook into the next stitch or space, depending on the pattern.

yarn over (yo) and pull (tug) through

  • Wrap the yarn over (yo) your hook again and pull it through the chain. This action will leave you with four loops on hook.

Work Through the Loops

  • First Step: Thorough the very first two loops, yarn over (yo) and pull on hook. You will have three loops left.
  • Second Step: yarn over (yo) again and pull via the next two loops. This will leave you with two loops on hook.
  • Third Step: yarn over (yo) one last time and pull via the remaining two loops.

Continue the Row

  • If you are working in rows, repeat steps 2-5 for each stitch across the foundation chain or previous row, depending on where you are in your project.

Turn and Start the Next Row

  • At the end of a row, if you’re continuing with more triple crochets, chain three (which will act as the first triple crochet of the next row) and turn your work. Then, start from the second stitch and repeat the process.

What Are The Variations For Triple Stitch Crochet?

The triple stitch crochet, also known as the treble crochet, has several variations that can be used to create unique textures, patterns, and designs in crochet projects. Some of these variations include:

  • Extended Triple Crochet (Extended Treble Crochet): This stitch is like the standard triple crochet but has an extra step that adds height and makes the stitch a bit looser.
  • Triple Crochet Two Together (Treble Crochet Decrease): This is a decrease method where two triple crochets are combined into one, reducing the total number of stitches.
  • Triple Crochet Cluster (Treble Cluster): This involves partially completing several triple crochets in the same or different stitches and then combining them at the end.
  • Front Post Triple Crochet: This is worked by inserting the hook from front to back around the post of the indicated stitch. It creates a raised stitch on the front of the work, which is useful for textured patterns like cables.
  • Back Post Triple Crochet: This is the opposite of the front post stitch. The hook is inserted from the back to the front around the post of the indicated stitch, creating a raised stitch on the back of the work.
  • Triple Crochet Increase: More than one triple crochet is made in a single stitch or space, increasing the number of stitches.
  • Linked Triple Crochet: Instead of yarning over to start the stitch, you insert the hook into a specific part of the previous stitch to link them together, resulting in a fabric with fewer gaps.
  • Puff Stitch Using Triple Crochet: This creates a puffy texture by partially completing several triple crochets in the same space and then joining them at the top.
  • Shell Stitch With Triple Crochet: This is a decorative stitch made by working several triple crochets into the same stitch or space, often used in fan and scallop patterns.
  • Picot With Triple Crochet: A picot is a small loop made often for decorative edges. It can be combined with triple crochet stitches for added design.
  • Step-By-Step Directions 

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    • Yarn of your choice
    • Crochet hook suitable for your yarn weight (usually specified on the yarn label)


    • The triple stitch crochet is often called the treble crochet in U.S. terminology.
    • This stitch creates a fabric that’s more open and has more drape than shorter stitches like single or double crochet.
    • When counting stitches, the initial chain-4 at the beginning of a row typically counts as the first triple stitch.


    • Starting Chain
    • Begin by creating a foundation chain of your desired length. To practice, you can start with a chain of 15.
    • Setting Up the First Stitch
    • yarn over (yo) your hook two times.

    Inserting the Hook

    • Insert (slide) the hook into the fourth chain from your hook (the three skipped chains will count as your first triple crochet).
    • Drawing Up a Loop
    • Yarn over (yo) again and pull the yarn through the chain stitch. This step will leave you with four loops on hook.

    Working Through the Loops

    • First Pass: yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through the first two loops on hook. This will leave you with three loops.
    • Second Pass: yarn over (yo) again and pull via the next two loops. Now, you should have two loops left on hook.
    • Final Pass: yarn over (yo) one more time and draw via the last two loops. With this, you’ve completed one triple stitch.

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    Continuing the Row

    • To continue, repeat steps 2-5 for each subsequent chain stitch or until you reach the end of your foundation chain.

    Starting a New Row

    • Once you’ve reached the end of your row and wish to add another, chain four stitches (this will count as your first triple crochet for the new row). Turn your work so you’re now working into the previous row. Starting from the second stitch (as your chain-4 counts as the first), repeat steps 2-5 to create triple crochets across.


    • Once you’ve achieved the desired length for your project or practice piece, you can fasten off by cutting the yarn, yarning over, and pulling it all the way through the last loop on hook.

    What Are The Basic Abbreviations For Triple Stitch Crochet?

    In crochet patterns, abbreviations are used to convey instructions concisely. For the triple stitch crochet, which is also known as the treble crochet in U.S. terminology, the basic abbreviations are:

    Triple Crochet (U.S.) / Double Treble Crochet (U.K.): Tr (or sometimes trc in U.S. patterns)

    Triple Crochet Together (U.S.) / Double Treble Crochet Together (U.K.): Tr2tog or Tr3tog (depending on how many stitches are being decreased or worked together)

    Front Post Triple Crochet (U.S.) / Front Post Double Treble Crochet (U.K.): FPtr

    Back Post Triple Crochet (U.S.) / Back Post Double Treble Crochet (U.K.): BPtr

    What Is Triple Stitch Crochet Chart Symbol?

    Crochet chart symbols visually represent crochet stitches, making it easier for crafters to understand and follow patterns, especially complex ones.

    The symbol for the triple crochet (known as treble crochet in U.S. terminology) resembles a capital letter “T” with two horizontal slashes or hash marks across the vertical stem of the “T.”

    These hash marks indicate the number of yarn over (yo)s you make before inserting the hook into the stitch, and in the case of the triple crochet, you yarn over (yo) twice.

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    What Is Difference Between Double Stitch And Triple Stitch Crochet?

    Both the double stitch (often referred to as the double crochet in U.S. terminology) and the triple stitch (or treble crochet in U.S. terminology) are fundamental stitches in crochet, but they have distinct characteristics and uses. Here’s a breakdown of the differences:


    • Double Crochet: Produces a stitch of medium height.
    • Triple Crochet: Results in a taller stitch, typically one chain height taller than the double crochet.

    yarn over (yo)s

    • Double Crochet: Begin with one yarn over (yo) before inserting the hook into the stitch.
    • Triple Crochet: Start with two yarn over (yo)s before inserting the hook.


    • Double Crochet: After yarning over and pulling up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over (yo) and next, pull (tug) through two loops, and then yarn over (yo) and now, pull via the remaining two loops.
    • Triple Crochet: After the initial two yarnovers and pulling up a loop (four loops on hook), yarn over (yo) and pull (tug) through two loops (three times) until only one loop remains on the hook.

    Texture and Appearance

    • Double Crochet: Offers a moderately dense fabric that’s versatile for a wide range of projects.
    • Triple Crochet: Creates a looser, more open fabric with more significant gaps between the stitches, which can be great for lacy patterns or designs requiring more drape.


    • Double Crochet: Used in a plethora of patterns due to its versatility. It’s a favorite for blankets, clothing, accessories, and more.
    • Triple Crochet: Preferred when a more open weave or a lacier effect is desired. It’s often found in shawls, scarves, and lightweight summer garments.

    How To Choose the Right Fabric For Triple Stitch Crochet?

    Choosing the suitable fabric for triple stitch crochet primarily revolves around selecting the appropriate yarn, as the yarn effectively determines the fabric in crochet projects.

    The triple stitch, or treble crochet, is taller and has more gaps than shorter stitches, making it ideal for designs that require a lighter, more airy fabric. Here’s how to select the suitable yarn for triple-stitch crochet:

    Project Purpose

    • For garments like summer tops or shawls, lightweight yarns such as cotton or bamboo blends work best. They provide breathability and a soft drape.
    • Consider medium-weight to bulky yarns for blankets or throws, depending on the desired warmth and drape.

    Yarn Weight

    • Fine or lightweight yarns (like a sock or fingering weight) are excellent for delicate, lacy projects.
    • Medium weights (like worsted or aran) offer a balance suitable for various projects.
    • Bulky or super bulky yarns can be used for chunky, cozy projects, but remember that the inherent gaps in the treble stitch might appear very prominent.

    Fiber Content

    • Natural Fibers: Cotton is breathable and has a soft drape, making it ideal for summer wear. Wool provides warmth and elasticity, suitable for cooler weather projects.
    • Synthetic Fibers: Acrylic yarns are versatile affordable, and come in a wide range of colors. They are suitable for a variety of projects. However, they might not offer the same drape or breathability as natural fibers.
    • Blends: Often, yarns blend the best properties of different fibers. For example, a cotton-acrylic blend can offer the drape of cotton with the durability and affordability of acrylic.


    • Smooth yarns will show off the triple stitch’s intricacy and are generally easier to work with, especially for beginners.
    • Textured or novelty yarns, like boucle or fuzzy yarns, can add an interesting dimension to the fabric but may obscure the stitch definition.
    yarns blend

    Color and Dye Technique

    • Solid colors showcase the stitch definition well.
    • Variegated or self-striping yarns can add a colorful pattern without changing yarns, but the stitch definition might be somewhat obscured depending on the length of the color changes.

    Swatch and Gauge

    • Always create a swatch before diving into your main project. This helps determine the correct hook size and gives you a preview of how the yarn works up in the triple stitch. Ensuring the resulting fabric drapes and feels as you desire is crucial.

    Care Instructions

    • Consider how the finished project will be cared for. Choose a durable, machine-washable yarn if it’s a baby blanket that needs frequent washing. A hand-wash-only luxury fiber is appropriate if it’s a delicate shawl.

    How To Choose The Hook Size For The Crochet Stitch?

    Choosing the right crochet hook size is crucial to ensure that your project turns out as intended. The hook size can affect the stitch definition, the drape of the fabric, and even the size of the finished piece. Here’s how to select the correct hook size for your crochet stitch

    Yarn Label Recommendation

    • Start by checking the yarn label. Most yarns come with a recommended hook size. This gives a general idea of what hook size will work well with that specific yarn weight.
    • Remember, the label’s recommendation is a starting point. Depending on your tension and the desired effect, you might need a different size.

    Gauge Swatch

    • Always create a gauge swatch, especially for projects where the size matters, like garments.
    • Try a larger hook if your swatch has more stitches per inch (or centimeter) than the pattern’s recommended gauge. If you have fewer stitches, try a smaller hook.
    • Crocheting a gauge swatch will also give you an idea of the fabric’s drape with your chosen hook and yarn combination.

    Stitch and Project Type

    • For lacy or openwork designs, a larger hook might be preferable to achieve that open look.
    • For tighter, denser stitches or projects like amigurumi, you’ll typically want a smaller hook to ensure there aren’t significant gaps between stitches.

    Personal Tension

    • Some crocheters naturally crochet tighter, while others have a looser hand. If you’re a tight crocheter, you might need a larger hook than recommended, and if you crochet loosely, you might need a smaller one.
    • Your personal tension is a significant factor; getting familiar with it will help in all your crochet projects.

    Hook Material

    • The material of the crochet hook (wood, metal, plastic) can affect your gauge slightly. For example, wooden hooks might grip yarn more than metal ones, affecting your tension and the resulting fabric.


    • While not directly related to stitch size, comfort is crucial. Even if a hook is the “right” size for a project, it can lead to fatigue or strain if it’s uncomfortable in your hand. Make sure to choose hooks that feel right for you.

    Experience and Experimentation

    • As you gain more experience with crocheting, you’ll develop a sense of which hook sizes work best for different yarns and stitches.
    • Don’t hesitate to experiment. Sometimes, using a much larger or smaller hook than typically recommended can lead to exciting and beautiful results.

    How To Increase Decrease In Triple Stitch Crochet?

    When you mention “increase” and “crease” in relation to the triple stitch crochet (often called the treble crochet in the U.S.), I’m going to assume you’re asking about how to increase stitches within the treble crochet pattern to expand your work. Here’s how you can do that:

    Increasing in Triple (Treble) Crochet

    Simple Increase

    • To increase by one triple crochet stitch
    • yarn over (yo) twice, as you would for a regular triple crochet.
    • insert (slide) the hook into the stitch or space where you want the increase.
    • Complete the triple crochet stitch as usual.
    • In the same stitch or space, work another triple crochet. You’ve now increased by one stitch.

    Multiple Increases

    • If you want to increase by more than one stitch, work more than one additional triple crochet into the same stitch or space.

    Spacing Out Increases

    • Space out your increases for a smoother or more gradual increase (like for shaping a garment or creating a circle).
    • Work two triple crochets into the first stitch, then one triple crochet in each of the next four stitches, then increase again. Continue this pattern around.

    Pattern Instructions

    • If you’re following a specific pattern that tells you to increase, it should specify where to place those increases. Always refer to the pattern’s instructions.

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    Decreasing in Triple (Treble) Crochet (which might be what you meant by “crease” ):

    • Decreasing involves turning two or more stitches into one, which is useful for shaping.
    • Triple Crochet Decrease (Tr2tog)
    • yarn over (yo) twice and insert (slide) the hook into the stitch where you want to begin the decrease.
    • yarn over (yo) and next, pull (tug) up a loop. You should have four loops on hook.
    • yarn over (yo) and pull (tug) through two loops. yarn over (yo) again and pull (tug) through two more loops. You’ll have two loops left on hook.
    • yarn over (yo) twice again and insert (slide) the hook into the next stitch.
    • yarn over (yo) and pull (tug) up a loop. You should now have five loops on hook.
    • yarn over (yo) and pull (tug) through two loops, then yarn over (yo) and pull (tug) through two more loops. You’ll be left with three loops on hook.
    • Finally, yarn over (yo) and pull (tug) through all three loops. You’ve now decreased by one stitch.
    treble stitch

    Key Takeaways

    Triple stitch crochet, also known as treble crochet in the U.S., is a fundamental technique in crafting. Distinct for its height, it’s notably taller than the more common double crochet. Initiating the stitch requires two yarn over (yo)s, which sets the stage for its unique structure.

    The resulting fabric is characteristically airy, lending an open weave that’s ideal for designs demanding a touch of delicacy. As such, treble crochet often finds its home in lacy patterns, lightweight garments, and accessories where drape is paramount.

    However, mastering this stitch calls for consistent practice, especially for beginners. Ensuring even tension across stitches is essential to achieve a uniform look. When done right, triple-stitch crochet adds elegance and versatility to a crocheter’s repertoire.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How Can I Ensure Even Tension In My Triple Stitch Crochet?

    Maintaining even tension often comes with practice. To help, ensure you’re holding your yarn and hook comfortably. Some crocheters find using ergonomic hooks or experimenting with different yarn-holding techniques beneficial. Always relax your hands and avoid pulling the yarn too tightly.

    Is Triple Stitch Crochet Suitable For Beginners?

    Absolutely! While it might seem a tad more complicated than single or double crochet, with clear instructions and practice, beginners can certainly learn and master triple stitch crochet.

    How Does Triple Stitch Crochet Affect Yarn Consumption?

    Due to its height and open nature, triple-stitch crochet can use more yarn than shorter, tighter stitches. Always check your yarn supply, especially for larger projects.

    Can I Combine Triple Stitch With Other Stitches In A Project?

    Yes, combining stitches can create beautiful textures and patterns. Triple stitches can be mixed with shorter stitches like single or double crochet to achieve various designs and effects.

    How Do I Fix A Mistake In A Row Of Triple Stitch Crochet?

    If you notice a mistake, you can “frog” or unravel your work up to the point of the error and then re-crochet correctly. Using stitch markers can help track your work and spot errors more easily.

    Are There Any Projects You Wouldn’t Recommend For Triple Stitch Crochet?

    While triple stitch is versatile, its open weave might not be suitable for projects that require dense or robust fabric, like some sturdy bags or specific winter garments.

    Do I Need A Special Hook For Triple Stitch Crochet?

    No, any standard crochet hook that complements your yarn weight will work. Ensure it’s comfortable in your hand and allows you to maintain consistent tension.

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