Now that you’ve mastered the slip knot and single crochet stitch, it’s time to learn more basic stitches, such as the half double crochet stitch. In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process of creating the perfect hdc stitch.
Whether you’re an experienced or beginner crocheter, the hdc stitch is a must-know. So, grab your preferred hook size, some yarn, and let’s get started!
What is Half Double Crochet Stitch
This stitch, often abbreviated as “hdc,” is a fundamental element in the world of crochet, bridging the gap between the shorter single crochet and the taller double crochet. Its unique height and texture make it a great addition to a wide array of crochet patterns, from baby blankets to scarves and socks.
Here are some ways in which you can incorporate hdc stitches:
- The hdc stitch’s taller height compared to a single crochet creates a thicker and warmer fabric. It’s perfect for cozy afghans, scarves, and blankets.
- Half double crochets work up faster than taller stitches like double crochets, making them an excellent choice for projects where you want to see results quickly.
- With its in-between height, hdc stitches offer a touch of elegance to your creations.
- The hdc stitch’s versatility allows you to experiment with different loops, like the back loop (hdc blo) or the third loop (3rd loop hdc), creating unique textures and designs in your crochet work.
Step-by-Step Tutorial: How to Make a Half Double Crochet Stitch
Let’s learn how to make this easy stitch!
1. Start by creating a foundation chain with the desired number of chains. Remember to add two extra chains if you’re starting a new row, and ensure your turning chain counts as the first half double crochet of the row.
2. Yarn over and insert hook into the second chain from your hook. Yarn over, wrapping the yarn around the hook from back to front.
3. With the yarn-over completed, insert your hook under both loops of the next stitch (usually the third chain from the hook in the first row).
4. Reach through the stitch and grab the yarn, pulling it back through the stitch. You should now have three loops on your crochet hook.
5. Finally, yarn over again and pull it through all three loops on your hook. You’ve just successfully created a half double crochet stitch!
6. Repeat this process for each stitch across the row. When you reach the end of the row, make sure to work into the top of the turning chain to maintain the correct height.
Tip: As you become more comfortable with the hdc stitch, don’t hesitate to explore different ways to create texture and patterns by working into the back loop (hdc blo), front loop, or even the third loop (3rd loop hdc).
Now that you’ve mastered the half double crochet stitch, you’re well on your way to creating stunning crochet pieces. Experiment with this versatile stitch, and don’t forget to check out our free patterns for inspiration!
Note: Keep in mind that while we’ve described the half double crochet stitch in US terms, but the equivalent in UK terms is half treble crochet stitch.
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My Favorite Crochet Tools
- If you are like me and like to crochet on the go this tote is a stylish way to keep everything you need at your fingertips!
- My MOST FAVORITE tool is these portable scissors that always make it through security and fit perfectly in my hook case.
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- Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos is the most helpful resource to keep handy!
Easy Crochet Projects For you:
- Crochet Sweater Patterns For Everyone
- Crochet Star
- Crochet Wreath Ornament
- Crochet Stitches
- Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
- Crochet Scarf Patterns
- Crochet Star Free Pattern
Tips and Other Basic Crochet Stitches
- How to start a chain crochet
- How to make a slip knot
- How to choose the right hook size
- How to make a single crochet stitch
- How to do a double crochet stitch
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