Lesson Four: Double Crochet
from Dummies.com: The double crochet (abbreviated dc) is one of the most common crochet stitches and is about twice as tall as a single crochet. A fabric made of all double crochet stitches is fairly solid but not stiff and is great for sweaters, shawls, Afghans, placemats, or any number of other home decor items. You can also combine the double crochet stitch with other stitches to produce many interesting patterns and textures.
We're also going to be learning granny squares next and you need to know how to "dc" for those!
Step One: Make a chain of 22 stitches.
Step Two: Yarn Over your hook and insert your hook in the 3rd chain from your hook. Show here with an arrow.
Step Three: Yarn Over your hook again and pull up a loop. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.
Step Four: Yarn Over your hook now and pull through the first TWO loops on your hook...not all three. You will be left with two loops on your hook.
Step Five: Yarn Over hook for the last time and pull through the two remaining loops on your hook.
Now you have successfully completed a double crochet stitch. Continue making double crochet stitches across the rest of your chain row and you should end up with 20 stitches. Huzzah!
To start a new row, make sure to chain TWO at the end of each row and turn your work around.
This is what will begin emerging from your work. For good practice: continue in this until you have 20 rows by 20 stitches across. Finish off and begin again. Make squares until your are happy with the tension and even-ness of your stitches.
Next lesson: Granny Squares