How To Double Crochet 2 Stitches Together

Have you been wondering how to double crochet 2 stitches together? The dc2tog (known as the tr2tog, or treble crochet 2 stitches together, in UK terms) is a very common decrease used in many crochet patterns. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make the dc2tog with step-by-step photos.

Knowing how to increase and decrease can open up a whole new world in crochet. Increases are formed when you crochet more than one stitch into the same chain, stitch, or space. Decreases are formed by skipping stitches or working two or more stitches together.

You can increase or decrease to alter the total number of stitches in each row or round, such as increasing to add stitches to a round in a granny square or decreasing to shape the waist on a garment. You can also balance increases and decreases in a project to keep the total number of stitches the same while altering the shape, such as when crocheting shells or chevrons.

How To Double Crochet 2 Stitches Together (dc2tog)

The double crochet 2 stitches together decrease is one of the most popular decreases in crochet and it was the first decrease I learned. I’ll share the step-by-step photos in a moment, but for those of you looking for the written pattern for the dc2tog in US terms, here it is:

US Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • dc – double crochet
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

[Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Remember that you’ll need two stitches to work this decrease across.

Now, let’s work that pattern out step by step!

Step 1: Yarn over.

Step 2: Insert your hook into the next stitch. You’ll now have 3 loops on your hook.

Step 3: Yarn over.

Step 4: Draw up a loop. You’ll now have 3 loops on your hook.

Step 5: Yarn over.

Step 6: Draw through 2 loops. You’ll now have 2 loops on your hook.

Step 7: Get ready to repeat steps 1 through 6 in the next stitch! Yarn over.

Step 8: Insert your hook into the next stitch. You’ll have 4 loops on the hook.

Step 9: Yarn over.

Step 10: Draw up a loop. You’ll have 4 loops on your hook.

Step 11: Yarn over.

Step 12: Draw through 2 loops. You’ll have 3 loops on your hook.

Step 13: Yarn over.

Step 14: Draw through all 3 loops on hook. You’ll have one loop left on your hook and the stitch is finished.

And, for those of you who’d like to read the double crochet 2 stitches together pattern in words rather than in abbreviations, here it is!

  • Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops.
  • Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops.
  • Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

You can find more of my crochet stitch tutorials on Tangi here.

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