Many crocheters agree that the half double crochet stitch is their most commonly used stitch in patterns as it’s the perfect combination of fast and easy to work up. Once you’ve mastered the hdc, there’s nothing you can’t do! Well, that might not be 100% true, but it’s definitely how you’re going to feel. Go through these steps and refer to our handy photo tutorial if you’re ready to add the half double crochet to your crochet stitch arsenal!
1 Yarn over and insert the hook under the V of the 3rd chain stitch from the hook.
2 Yarn over again and pull the yarn through the V. There should be three loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the hook through all three loops at once. You’ve just made a half double crochet stitch!
3 To go onto a new row, yarn over, insert the hook under two strands of your chain-2 from the previous row. Yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through three loops on the hook.
4 Chain two to go up to the height of the next row and turn. If you notice that the edges of your project aren’t straight, unravel back to the row below and make sure to do one more hdc in the turning chain of the row below. For more tips and tricks, check out these techniques for keeping your edges straight.
Congratulations! You’ve learned how to do the half double crochet stitch! Keep practicing with some amazing projects that feature this wonderful stitch and other stitches you should know! Here are a few to get you started: