What is the Half-Double Crochet Stitch?
Now that we have learned the single crochet stitch (sc), let’s move on to the Half-Double Crochet Stitch (hdc). You will see that I have included the crochet abbreviation in ( )…this will help you learn the abbreviations for when you are ready to read written crochet patterns. The half-double is a little bit taller than the single crochet stitch. There are a few reasons why I love the Half-Double so much:
~The added height helps my project to grow a little faster than with the single crochet
~It doesn’t leave behind big gaps in between stitches (like some of the taller stitches)
~The fluid motion of my hook when making the stitch is very soothing
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Let’s walk through the Half-Double!
The half-double crochet stitch is similar to the single crochet stitch, except we are going to yarn over our hook before we put our hook into the stitch.
~Yarn over your hook
~Place hook into your stitch
~Yarn over your hook (You will have 3 loops on your hook)
~Pull through all 3 loops
~You just made a Half-Double Crochet Stitch
Note: At the end of each row of half double crochet (hdc) you are going to chain 2 for your turning chain. This will give you the necessary height needed to start working your next row.
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Video tutorial…for my visual learners!
If you are more of a visual learner, like me, take a look at the video tutorial I put together for you. I take you through making a little swatch, to practice making the Half-Double Crochet Stitch. I also recap how to finish off and weave in ends.
Correction~ In my video, I state that the Half-double is the same as the Treble in the UK…I would like to correct that…it is the same as the Half-Treble in the UK.
What can you make using the Half-Double Crochet Stitch (hdc)?
We already made washcloths using our single crochet stitch, but what can we make using the half-double crochet stitch (hdc)? All kinds of things! I love to use the half double to make baby blankets. It is perfect for adding a little more height so my baby blanket works up a little faster, but it’s still a “tight” enough stitch that big gaps aren’t present for toes to poke through.
Just remember to count your stitches as you work your row across. You want to make sure you end with the same number every time! And use those stitch markers to give you a visual clue as to where your first and last stitches are in the row, so you start and stop at the correct stitch. Sometimes, the stitch will look very different once you turn your work. Those stitch markers really help!
I am working on writing an easy baby lovey pattern (small security blanket) using the half-double crochet stitch. Once you learn how to create hdc, I want you to be able to use it! Stay tuned for that free pattern and video!