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Learn how to decrease your stitches easily using a dc3tog (double crochet 3 together). This crochet tutorial post includes my quick dc3tog video tutorial and my step-by-step photo tutorial.

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A dc3tog is a crochet term that is used in US crochet patterns. For UK crochet patterns this would be called a tr3tog (treble crochet 3 together).

What does dc3tog mean?

A dc3tog is a crochet abbreviation that is used for “double crochet 3 together”. This stitch is used when a Crochet Designer wants you to decrease your stitches by two. Rather than skipping 2 stitches, we make a dc3tog to combine 3 double crochets into a single stitch.

dc3tog video tutorial on YouTube

Quick Tip: if you are making a project like amigurumi and the pattern asks you to dc3tog, I recommend double checking the pattern to make sure it is in US crochet terms. A dc in UK crochet terms is a US single crochet stitch (sc). So if the pattern is in UK terms a dc3tog would mean a US sc3tog. Need help with UK to US crochet terms for patterns? Check out this free conversion chart.

double crochet 3 together photo tutorial

This stitch is used to decrease 3 double crochet stitches into 1 double crochet stitch.

Short version:

dc3tog – *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo and pull through 2 loops**. Work from * to ** three times total. Yo, pull through all rem loops.

Long version:

dc3tog – Yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the specified stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook. You now have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You will have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook. You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You will have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook. You now have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops to complete the stitch.

When you are crocheting in rows (back and forth), a double crochet 3 together is most commonly worked like this:

dc3tog step 1 - yarn over

Step 1 – yarn over

dc3tog step 2 - insert your hook into next stitch and yarn over

Step 2 – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook

dc3tog step 3 - pull up a loop

Step 3 – pull up a loop (you have 3 loops on your hook)

dc3tog step 4 -yarn over

Step 4 – yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook

dc3tog step 5

Step 5 (dc3tog) – you have 2 loops left on your hook

dc3tog step 6

Step 6 – yarn over

dc3tog step 7

Step 7 – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over

dc3tog step 8

Step 8 (dc3tog) – pull up 1 loop

dc3tog step 9

Step 9 (dc3tog) – yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook

dc3tog step 10

Step 10 (dc3tog) – you have 3 loops left on your hook

dc3tog step 11

Step 11 (dc3tog) – yarn over

dc3tog step 12

Step 12 (dc3tog) – insert hook into the next st, yarn over

dc3tog step 13

Step 13 (dc3tog) – pull up a loop

dc3tog step 14

Step 14 – yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook

Step 15 - you have 4 loops on your hook

Step 15 – you have 4 loops on your hook

Step 16 - yarn over and pull through the remaining 4 loops on your hook to complete the stitch

Step 16 – yarn over and pull through the remaining 4 loops on your hook to complete the stitch

dc3tog step 17

Step 17 – dc3tog complete

Sometimes a crochet pattern will ask you to make a cluster stitch using double crochet stitches. For example a dc3tog cluster stitch is the same as a dc3tog worked in a single stitch. This method does not decrease the number of stitches in the row but instead adds a design element (a puffy stitch) to the project.

Other crochet stitch tutorials you may find helpful:

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