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DC2TOG: How to Double Crochet Two Together

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So you’re working on a crochet pattern and you come across a new, fancy term: the dc2tog. What to do? It sure does look scary at first! This double crochet decrease stitch is much easier than it sounds. Let me teach you how to double crochet two together using easy instructions in this dc2tog tutorial.

How to Double Crochet Two Together

DC2TOG: How to Double Crochet Two Together

When you double crochet two together, you are essentially taking what were two double crochet stitches and turning them into just one double crochet stitch. This is also known as a decrease, and is particularly helpful in chevron or ripple patterns – or any pattern using a basic decrease stitch. 😉

This technique can take a few tries for beginners to master, but after working up a quick swatch you will see that the process is much more manageable than expected.

This stitch is also needed in order to make a double crochet cluster stitch. To practice that, head over to my Aligned Clusters tutorial – complete with a VIDEO tutorial! There’s even a free crochet pattern to help you master this stitch: the Crochet Cluster Cowl.

Crochet Cluster Cowl pattern


YO = Yarn Over

Dc2tog = double crochet two together

Decrease = what this stitch accomplishes

All Heart Hook Home crochet tutorials and patterns use US terms.

See the VIDEO for the dc2tog below.

With the dc2tog, you’ll start a double crochet as normal, but only complete the first half of it. Then you’ll start a new double crochet in the next stitch and complete the entire stitch.

Here’s a step-by-step guide with photos:

1. YO (Yarn over), insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop. (three loops on hook)

How to make a Double Crochet Two Together

2. Yarn over, pull through just the first two loops. (two loops remaining on hook)

How to make a double crochet decrease

3. Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop. (four loops now on hook)

How to make a decrease in double crochet

4. Yarn over, pull through just the first two loops. (three loops remaining on hook)

How to make a dc2tog

5. Yarn over, pull through all three remaining loops.

How to complete a double crochet two together

Double crochet decrease made! Continue in the next st and the following st for the number of stitches needed before moving on to the next row.


YouTube video
Isn’t that way easier than it sounds?! Also, now that I’ve got my fancy new camera for creating awesome video tutorials, I am on a crusade to redo and replace all of my older crochet video tutorials.

I hope you enjoyed this video and decrease tutorial, and I look forward to creating many, many more! You may also want to subscribe to the Heart Hook Home channel on YouTube! 😉 Thank you!

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  1. Thank you so much!! I've wanted to crochet a ripple afghan for a while and could never find an explanation of how to do the dc2tog stitch that I could understand until I found yours. Now I'm so happy my ripple or what I like to call wave afghan is looking so good, thanks to your help. Again, thank you so much!!
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  4. HELP!!! I am over 30 rows into a throw that is about 42” wide. I have only been crocheting a couple months now, but I set my work down for a couple days and came back to work on it and after a few rows I started to second guess myself. So I went online to clarify what I was doing on the dc2tog and came across this way of doing the dc2tog, but I realized I was doing a slightly different dc2tog. For steps 14-17, this version says to yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through the last three loops. Since at least my last few rows (maybe the whole throw), I’ve been doing the opposite of pull through 3, then pull through last 2. As you can see in the attached picture. Now I’m not sure if I started my throw with this (instructables) version of the dc2tog or the other technique. Will it impact the design/finish if I do one or the other? Will it impact the finished look if I started with one and changed? Should I finish/change back, to the 2 loop, then 3 loop from this point on? Hope that makes sense. Thank you!!!!
  5. Your instructions are very easy to follow. Thank you. What is the make of the crochet hook you are using in your written instructions? I would like to purchase a new one.
  6. Hi how do I do a dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog in the same stitch? I have a nice pattern calling for this but can’t see how to do it. Thank you Vikki
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  8. i suddenly went blank on how to dc 2tog but I had saved your direction and walla you had me up and running. Thanks for being here !!