How to Crochet the Double Crochet Stitch
To make a double crochet, you yarn over (wrap the yarn around the hook), insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over again, pull that loop through the stitch, yarn over again and pull that loop through the first two loops on the hook, and then finally yarn over once more and pull that through the last two loops on the hook.
Making rows of dc and knowing how many to chain and whether or not those chains count as a stitch… well, that all depends on the pattern! If it’s something you’re making up yourself, then it all depends on which you like better. Just remember, if it’s counted as a stitch, treat it like a stitch and work into it in the next row. If it’s not counted as a stitch, then ignore it on the next row.
I hope that helps some of you out – crochet is a lot of fun, and once you have the basics down, there are no limits to what you can do!