The dch3 (Double Chain Three) is used at the start of a treble crochet row or round in place of a chain 3 or 4, with no gap!
Stitchopedia Video & Photo Tutorial
That gap between the chain 3 or chain 4 often used to start a row or round of crochet and the next treble crochet always drives me bonkers! Using a dch3 in place of the starting chain will bring your hook up to the height of a tr and will take up the same thickness as a tr. No starting chain, no gap, awesome. The dch3 counts as the first stitch of the row or round, and is much easier to work into than a chain.
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Written instructions with photos
Stitches and Abbreviations: click on highlighted sts for tutorials
st(s) – stitch(es)
tr – treble crochet
yo – yarn over
Insert hook into designated st (usually the first st), yo, pull through (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops, [insert hook in left vertical loop of st part just made, yo, pull through (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops] 2 times.
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