Crochet 101 – Half Double Crochet Stitch

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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.

Let’s begin!

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.

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2.
Yarn over

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3. Insert your hook into the third chain from your hook.

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4. 
Yarn over again

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5. Pull your yarn through the chain. You should now have 3 loops left on your hook.

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6. Yarn over one last time.

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7. Pull yarn through all 3 loops on your hook.

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8. Repeat the steps above across your row until you’ve reached the end. Here’s what your finished row will look like:

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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!  🙂

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6 Comments

    1. Hi Lorraine! I normally chain 1 for the turning chain because I like to work into the first hdc stitch. Some people chain 2 to turn and skip the first hdc stitch. It’s really a personal preference 🙂

  1. Ive discovered that this stitch has a back loop to it and while making a hat i did not catch that back loop. Does that matter in your opinion?

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