Crocheting a treble crochet four together (tr4tog) is a technique used to decrease the number of stitches in your project, effectively bringing four stitches together into one. This stitch is often used in patterns where a significant decrease is needed to shape the fabric. Here’s how you can do it:
- Yarn Over Twice: Begin by yarning over (yo) your hook twice. This is the starting position for creating a treble crochet stitch.
- Insert Hook: Insert your hook into the first stitch where you want to start the decrease.
- Yarn Over and Pull Through: Yarn over (yo) again and pull through the stitch. You should now have four loops on your hook.
- Yarn Over and Pull Through Two Loops: Yarn over again and pull through the first two loops on your hook. You now have three loops remaining on your hook.
- Repeat for Remaining Stitches: Repeat steps 2 to 4 for the next three stitches. Each time, you insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, and pull through two loops. After completing this step for the fourth stitch, you should have five loops on your hook.
- Yarn Over and Pull Through All Loops: Yarn over one last time and pull through all five loops on your hook. This completes the tr4tog.
- Secure the Stitch: Sometimes, it’s helpful to chain one (ch 1) to secure the stitch and prevent it from unraveling, but this depends on your pattern’s instructions.
Remember, the treble crochet four together (tr4tog) stitch is a significant decrease that can impact the shape and flow of your fabric. It’s often used in decorative parts of patterns, like in the creation of petals for flowers or in shaping garments. As with any crochet technique, practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get it right.