Learn how to crochet the half double crochet stitch in this photo tutorial. This simple stitch offers loads of texture just in itself. The half double crochet is many a crocheter’s favorite stitch for its versatility.
Half double crochet is a fast and easy little stitch that is used in many crochet patterns. Taller than a single crochet, and not quite as tall as a double crochet stitch, the half double crochet is an essential crochet stitch.
Learning just this one stitch you can crochet scarves, washcloths, blankets and many more projects. Like this crochet Cloche Hat I’m working on, which uses the half double crochet stitch. I took a few pictures as I worked so I could create this step by step half double crochet tutorial.
In written patterns, the abbreviation is ‘HDC.’ I’m referring to US terminology so be sure to check your pattern, as many designers use UK terminology, which differs. You can read more about crochet terms and get the full list of crochet terms from Craft Yarn Council’s website.
One of my favorite blanket patterns, Between Ridges Blanket uses the hdc for it’s main stitch repeat. The Heart Scrubby pattern uses a combination of stitches, including the half double crochet to achieve the classic heart shape.
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Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial
In the video tutorial I’m using Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick + Quick yarn in Fisherman and my Furls Streamline Ebony 10mm crochet hook. I love creating video’s with this combination. The large stitches are much easier to see on camera.
If you’re just practicing you can use any yarn and hook you have on hand.
Half Double Crochet Photo Tutorial:
Begin with one loop on your hook.
Yarn over, now you have two loops on your hook.
Insert your hook into the stitch to be worked.
Now yarn over again.
Pull your hook and the yarn through the stitch. Now you have three loops on your hook.
Then yarn over again.
Finally, pull your hook and yarn through all three loops on your hook, and your HDC stitch is formed.