Double crochet must be one of the most used stitches in crochet. It's very quick and easy and is good for blankets. However, because it is a little open, it won't keep the wind out. A lot of the more complex crochet stitches are based on this stitch.
First make a length of chain and then wrap the yarn around the hook.
Insert the hook into the fourth chain from the hook. Always remember that whenever you insert your hook there should always be 2 strands of yarn above and one strand below the hook unless otherwise stated in instructions.
Wrap the yarn around the hook again
Pull the yarn through. You now should have 3 loops on your hook.
Wrap the yarn around the hook again and pull it through the first 2 loops
You now have 2 loops on your hook
wrap the yarn around the hook again.
Pull the yarn through the last 2 loops, leaving one loop on the hook.
Continue working trebles into every chain
When you have worked the last stitch, make 3 chain (called the turning chain)
Turn your work ready to start the second row
Wrap the yarn round the hook ready to make the next stitch
The turning chain counts as a stitch so do not work into the first stitch or you will have too many stitches and your work will get wider and wider as yoiu make your rows. So miss the first stitch and insert your hook into the second.
Continue as before, all along the row.
Remember, and this is important in order to keep to the right number of stitches on each row, that the turning chain counts as a stitch, so when you get to the end of the row, work another double crochet into the top of the turning chain of the previous row.
Make 3 chain for the turning chain, and turn your work ready to start the next row. Keep repeating the second row until your work is the length you want it.
Here are a couple of highly recommended books for beginners.
UK residents might be interested in this: Start Crochet: All You Need to Know to Start Crocheting: All You Need to Know to Create Beautiful Crocheted Garments
If you reside in the US the following book has very good reviews by readers of it: Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting (Teach Yourself Visually)
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