In this tutorial I will show you how to create the half double crochet stitch. If you're new to crochet, you've come to the right place! I am a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor who is dedicated to teaching you the the easiest, and most accurate, method possible. I offer video, photo, and written tutorials.
Before we get started, let's briefly go over what this tutorial is all about. This is a very common stitch. It is suitable for a wide range of projects. You'll find this stitch everywhere: from amigurumi, to garments, to blankets. As the name suggests, this stitch is half the height of a double crochet. The fabric created does not have any noticeable gaps. The drape on this fabric more loose than a fabric made with single crochet. That means a few different things. First, you won't be able to easily stick your fingers in the space between stitches. Second, the fabric will look nice when you hold it up (or when it hangs off of your body). And third, it'll take less time to work up a bigger piece. This is why it's a popular choice for garments such as tops and sweaters.
No way the fun stops there though. Half double crochet is suitable for most projects. Let's look at how to work this stitch up!
📖 About the tutorial
The abbreviation for the half double crochet stitch is: hdc
⛓️ Turning chains
The purpose of the turning chain is to bring the yarn and hook up to the height of the next row (or round) to prevent warping the edges of your project.
For half double crochet, you will always chain two. Whether or not the turning chain counts as a stitch depends on the opinion of you and the designer of the pattern you're using. It's all about personal preference with this stitch.
Most people, including myself, do not count the turning chain as a stitch.
🧶 Step-by-step photo tutorial
- Any yarn
- Corresponding crochet hook
🎥 Video tutorial
✏️ Chart symbol
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📓 Written tutorial
- Yarn over
- Insert hook into stitch
- Yarn over
- Pull through stitch (3 loops on hook)
- Yarn over
- Pull through 3 loops
💭 Top tip
Whether or not the turning chain counts as the first stitch in your pattern depends on the designer's preference. Always check the notes for this information.