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How to Half Double Crochet Two Together {hdc2tog} Tutorial

Learn how to half double crochet two together, also known as the hdc2tog. This step by step tutorial will help you learn how to decrease the hdc stitch.

This stitch abbreviates as hdc2tog in written crochet patterns. I actually show you two ways to do this stitch here.

First I start with the a regular hdc2tog decrease, which gives you 5 loops to finish with. However, I often use the modified version I show you second.

It’s a little less bulky and still looks similar to a regular half double crochet stitch. It ends with only 4 loops, and I prefer this one.

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Crochet Patterns Using the HDC2TOG

The Ana Hat is a bottom up crochet hat that uses decreases to close up the top.

The Autumn Crunch Hat is a lightly textured beanie that uses the hdc2tog to close up the top too.

To see it in action on a non hat pattern, the Bryce Canyon Kids Cardigan use this hdc decrease to shape the neckline, as does the Briones a women’s sweater.

Materials

  • any weight yarn; I use Paintbox Simply Aran, any #4 worsted weight will work.
  • compatible hook with your yarn, my favorite crochet hooks are Clover* and Furls.*
Both version of hdc2tog side by side.
Here are the two versions of the hdc2tog side by side (3rd + 2nd stitches from the end)

Notes

  1. You”ll need to start with at least one row of stitches to be able to decrease.

How to Get Started

  1. To start a row of half double crochet stitches begin with any number of chains, plus 2.
  2. Hdc in the 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across.
  3. Turn your work at the end of a row.
  4. Ch 2 to start a new row.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Level

Easy

Video Tutorial

You can watch the full video tutorial with step by step instructions on my Jumprope or my YouTube channel.

3rd Loop HDC Stitch Tutorial

Half double crochet two together swatch.

How to Half Double Crochet Two Together {hdc2tog} Tutorial

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to half double crochet two stitches together.

Materials

  • any weight yarn; I use Paintbox Simply Aran, any #4 worsted weight will work.

Tools

  • compatible hook with your yarn, I'm using my 6mm Clover Amour for this tutorial.

Instructions

  1. Yarn overOrange hdc swatch.
  2. Insert hook in stitch. Insert hook in stitch
  3. Yarn over hook to draw through stitch. Yarn over
  4. 3 loops on hook. Pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
  5. Yarn over
  6. Insert hook in next stitch
  7. Yarn over
  8. 5 loops on hook for half double crochet two together. Pull up a loop (5 loops on hook)
  9. Yarn over
  10. Pull through all 5 loops = 1 hdc2tog

Modified HDC2TOG {less bulky version}

  1. 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, insert hook in first stitch and pull up a loop ( 3 loops on hook)
  2. Insert hook in next stitch
  3. 4 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull up a stitch (4 loops on hook)
  4. Completed half double crochet two together. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops = 1 hdc2tog

Two Versions of the Half Double Crochet Two Together

Both version of hdc2tog side by side. The modified, less bulky hdc2tog is the 3rd stitch from the end, the regular hdc2tog is the 2nd stitch from the end and the row ends with a normal hdc.

Back view of both versions of half double crochet two together. When we turn, the two versions of the stitches look similar to a normal hdc (with the vertical loop across) but the second one (3rd stitch from end) is less bulky.

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