What is the Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch (Fhdc)?
If you are like me, you have seen those words, Foundation Half Double Crochet, while browsing through patterns. Why in the world would someone use this technique? It’s so much easier to just chain and then work back across, right? Well, not always. The Foundation Half Double Crochet is a technique where you are making your foundation chain and your first row, or round, of half double crochet stitches, at the same time.
Why use the Fhdc?
Have you ever been frustrated when making a hat? You want it to be stretchy, right? But your beginning chain, or foundation chain, has ZERO stretch! Who wants a hat that isn’t stretchy? Not me, that’s for sure! Or, how about when you have to chain 300 or 400 to make a blanket! UGH! Then you have to go back and do your first row of hdc. Wish you could just make your chain and first row of stitches at the same time? You can…with the Fhdc.
You will be “hooked”!
Once you learn this technique, you will be hooked! You can use it anytime the instructions say chain (#)…just do the Fhdc stitch for that many! The Fhdc can be done as a single crochet, or double crochet or even a treble! Once you get the basis of the technique, you will be able to adapt it to what you need. I took pictures and wrote up a tutorial for a friend, to show her, and so I thought I would share with you too. Let’s take a look!
Start by Chaining 3 (Ch3)
We start by chaining 3 because we are working with the half double crochet stitch. If you are going to do a single crochet, you will chain only 2. If you are working with a double crochet stitch, you will chain 4.
Yarn over and insert hook into the first chain you made (the 3rd stitch from your hook)
Pull up a loop
Here is where the magic happens. You will yarn over, and pull ONLY THROUGH THE FIRST LOOP! Notice the picture below…the loop you just pulled through now becomes your “foundation chain” and we will be working through that space when we complete the next hdc. But not yet…we need to finish our hdc first.
Let’s finish our hdc…yarn over and pull through all loops (just like you would when making a regular hdc).
Notice in the picture above, your regular Vs will be positioned at the bottom and the “foundation” you just created will be at the top. We will be working through there. There are two stitches there, so make sure you put your hook under both as we continue working.
You will repeat the instructions…Yarn over, insert hook into the “foundation” we created with the last stitch (make sure you are going under both loops). Yarn over and pull through first loop. (You just created a foundation chain to work your next stitch). Yarn over and pull through all loops.
Continue with these instructions until you get to your desired chain length! BAM! A foundation chain and first row, completed in one stitch. Once you get the hang of it, you will work faster, so don’t get frustrated.
Once you complete about 10 Fhdc, give it a little pull…isn’t it way more stretchy than a regular chain?! As noted earlier, this stitch is the perfect way to begin your hat, if you are working from the forehead up to the crown. It’s also great for blankets, because you are less likely to twist it accidentally, and end up with a blanket that is slightly askew!
Share, Pin & Comment!
I would love to hear your success stories on this! Please leave a comment and let me know what you are working on! As always, I would love a “Share” and a Pin on Pinterest. That way, my tutorial can get seen by more people, probably wondering how to make the Fhdc, just like you did! Thanks!
You can find some patterns using the Fhdc at LoopyChicCrochet.com…you can also find some finished items too! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crocheting!