Half-Double Crochet Tutorial (Plus Tips & Tricks You Gotta Try)

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The half double crochet stitch (abbreviated "hdc") is often overlooked in favor of its smaller and  larger neighbors, the single crochet (sc) and the double crochet (dc). But when you get to know it, this stitch is really pretty amazing.

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How to do the half double crochet stitch

Step 1:

Chain 12 - 2o stitches. If you want a little more stability in your work, you can also crochet one or two rows of single crochet, which will give you a nicer base to work your hdcs.

Step 2:

Wrap the yarn around your hook from back to front (aka yarn over).

Step 3:

Insert the hook into the third chain from the hook.

Step 4:

Yarn over once more and pull up a loop. You should have three loops on your hook.

Step 5:

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

There you have it! One single crochet. Continue to work this way in each chain across.

When you get to the end, chain two to turn, then continue working across the row.

 

Getting to know the loops of the hdc

Front and back loops

Most stitches, including the half-double crochet, are traditionally made through both the front and back loops of the previous stitch:

In the photograph above, you can see my hook is going through both the front and back loops of the stitch in the previous row. When you crochet all your half-double crochets this way, you produce a reversible fabric. Here's the back of my hdc swatch:

 

 

Front and back loop only

As with any other crochet stitch, you can vary the look of the half-double crochet by working it through only the front loop or only the back loop.

For a back loop only hdc (sometimes abbreviated as BLO hdc), you'll follow the same steps as you would for a standard half-double crochet, but instead of going through both the front and back loops, you insert your hook through the back loop only.

This produces a textured crochet fabric that resembles a deeply knitted rib. Again, this is completely reversible and is perfect for making cuffs — boot cuffs, cuffs to gloves, mittens, sweaters and so on.

The same goes for front loop only hdc (shown above), except that you'll insert your hook into only the front loop, of course.

Middle or third loop half-double crochet

Hdc stitches create a third set of loops, which are found below the front and back loops.

Working through these loops creates a more visible rib on the right side of the fabric (as you can see above),giving you a look almost like knitting.

Here's a fun sample to try: Make one row of hdc stitches in the back loops only, then turn and make the next row into the middle loops only. Repeat for several rows, and you'll produce crochet fabric that closely resembles knitting .

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