Welcome to the next post in the Crochet 101 series! Last week I showed you the double crochet stitch and today we’re going to learn how to do a half double crochet stitch (abbreviated as hdc). I love the half double crochet stitch. It’s one of my favorites (single crochet being my least favorite). I use it a lot for afghan trims and dish cloths. It’s not as tall as the double crochet but works up easily and it has a nice look to it. It’s also a lot tighter than a double crochet.
1. Start with a chain. Keep in mind that for however many half double crochet stitches that you want to crochet, you will need two extra chain stitches. In this example, I chained 12 stitches which means I will end up with 10 half double crochets.
3. Insert your hook into the third chain from your hook.
5. Pull your yarn through the chain. You should now have 3 loops left on your hook.
7. Pull yarn through all 3 loops on your hook.
8. Repeat the steps above across your row until you’ve reached the end. Here’s what your finished row will look like:
And there you have your half double crochet stitch. This particular stitch is great for blankets and hats for quick projects.
I hope that you enjoy this tutorial and practice your newly learned half double crochet stitch. If you have any questions or are having a hard time with the tutorial, just leave me a comment and I will make sure to answer you as soon as I can. Stop by next week for the next post in the Crochet 101 series. I will be teaching you how to do the treble crochet stitch.
Happy Crocheting! 🙂