Thursday, March 22, 2012

How to Crochet 8: The Half Double Crochet (Tutorial)

Yarn: Stich Nation Full O' Sheep in Clementine  Fabric: Alexander Henry Mushroom City in Yellow

I love the Half Double Crochet (usually abbreviated "HDC"). So mysterious...what is a half double? Wouldn't that be a single. Well, no.... it's not in fact.

The half double crochet is used for something between the height of a single crochet and a double crochet. I suppose there are a couple ways to explain it but I think it's easiest to learn the double crochet first and then subtract from there, thus this tutorial comes after the one for the double crochet.

The half double crochet is the primary stitch used a couple baby hat patterns of mine (the Best Baby Cloche and the Ruffled Rose Earflap Hat), and many many other hats and sweaters besides. It's just a good go-to for a crochet fabric with a bit more interest than a straight single crochet. A bit of texture, not too lacey. Nice and warm.

Interested? Click to read more and view the photo and video tutorial.

To make a half double crochet (hdc), yarn over your hook as you would with the double crochet and you'll be skipping the first two chains on your hook and working into the THIRD (note this difference from the double crochet, which has you working into the fourth chain from your hook).  Note that these skipped chains usually count as the first hdc in a row.

So, insert your hook, then yarn over...

...and pull the yarn through the stitch. You'll have three loops on your hook (just as with a double crochet stitch)...

...yarn over, an now this is where we diverge for the half double crochet:

Instead of pull your yarn through the first two loops, as you would with a double crochet, you will pull your yarn through all three loops on your hook at once--one smooth action.

Ta-dah! That's a half double crochet.

To see it in video click on the still video image below:

When you have completed a row of half double crochet,

...chain two for your turning chain...

...and turn your work to start your next row.

Yarn over, and work your first hdc into the SECOND chain from your hook, because the chain-2 you just completed counts as the first hdc stitch.

Insert your hook...

...yarn over and pull through...

(you'll have three loops on your hook)

...yarn over again and pull through all three loops on your hook.

Continue working down the row in this manner and don't forget to work into the last stitch, which is actually your very first turning chain (formed by skipping those first two chains from your hook in your foundation chain).

To work into the top of a turning chain insert your hook in the chain at the top and work as you would in the top of a regular hdc stitch.

So many possibilities now! For straight practice however you could easily make washcloths using hdc or invent your own afghan similar to this one

How-to tutorials, patterns, giveaways, reviews and interviews to make certain you are smitten.

Click on the "HOH in Crochet" label or button to view all the content in this series.
Here's a quick list of all the "How to Crochet" posts:

How to Crochet 1: The Slip Knot
How to Crochet 2: Holding the Yarn
How to Crochet 3: The Chain Stitch
How to Crochet 4: The Single Crochet
How to Crochet 5: Seaming Your Work
How to Crochet 6: The Double Crochet
How to Crochet 7: Weaving in the Ends  
How to Crochet 8: The Half Double Crochet
How to Crochet 9: The Triple Crochet
How to Crochet 10: Working in the Round
How to Crochet 11: Understanding Gauge


Leigh Anne said...

I've been meaning to comment on your crochet posts. I'm really loving them! I'm still a beginner but I'm starting to navigate through some patterns. So, all of this is a nice refresher! I'm looking forward to your post on joining new yarn or changing colors as I'm not sure I'm doing this correctly :) Thanks for all of the work you are putting in to these posts!! Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your lovely blog and your wonderful tutorials! They are so detailed and beautiful. I've been learning how to crochet and found your blog today through

I just wanted to thank you for sharing. Have a nice day!


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