How To Join Foundation HDC In The Round

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Learn how to join the foundation half double crochet when crocheting in the round. In this step by step tutorial I’ll show you how to use those foundation stitches while working in the round.

The fhdc, or foundation half double crochet is a way to crochet without first working into a long chain. Essentially, you are crocheting the chain and the hdc at the same time.

If you need to learn this way of starting your work start with this tutorial on the fhdc.

fhdc=foundation half double crochet

How is the Foundation Hdc Used in the Round?

The foundation half double crochet can also be joined when crocheting in the round.

To join the last fhdc to the first, you’ll insert your hook first into the bottom of the last st and then into the bottom of first st.

From here you follow the process to make a fhdc.

What are FHDC?

The foundation half double crochet stitch is made by crocheting a chain 1 first, then you make a regular half double crochet stitch. Be sure to watch the full tutorial if this is a new stitch for you.

picture of chainless start half double crochet

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A simple way to join with foundation stitches

First you’ll start with a regular row of foundation hdc stitches. Then you can join to work in the round.

There is a simple joining technique for fhdc in the round. Slip stitch the first and last stitches together as you normally would when crocheting in the round.

Then use the yarn tail to join the bottom of the last and first stitches together. Since the yarn tail is right there, and you have to weave it in anyway.

You might also like these foundation stitch tutorials

Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

If you love learning new crochet stitches, you might enjoy this Pretty Picot Mesh tutorial from Stardust Gold Crochet.

How To Join Foundation HDC In The Round

Foundation stitches joined in a circle.

How to Join Foundation Half Double Crochet in the Round

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 41 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $2

Learn how to join foundation stitches in the round.


  • Any weight yarn; for this tutorial I'm using a #5 bulky weight yarn.


  • A hook that's compatible to your yarn; I'm using my 8mm Streamline.


    1. Work fhdc stitches til you have 1 more to make.Four foundation half double crochet stitches.
    2. On the last fhdc, YO + insert hook into bottom of st just made.Green needle in chain below foundation stitch.
    3. Then insert your hook in bottom ch of first st made to form a circle.Hook inserted in bottom of first foundation stitch.
    4. YO + pull through both stitches.
    5. YO + pull through to complete the last fhdc.
    6. Now sl st to top of first st.Foundation stitches joined in a circle.

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