And why for you throw me into the cold, cold snow?
Ahem. A small Tasmanian Devil reference that makes Hubs laugh.
Let’s start back on track with our stitch today, the half double crochet (crochet abbreviation: hdc). Here’s another stitch that’s great for basic crocheting, can add texture to a piece, and can also be part of more complex stitches. I’ll never forget how bad I messed this stitch up for weeks (thinking it was a double crochet) when I started crocheting. Then I had my “aha” moment and all was right with the crochet world.
- Written directions for half double crochet: yarn over, insert hook through stitch, yarn over, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, pull loop through the 3 loops on the hook (yo, insert hook through st, yo, pull loop through stitch, yo, pull loop through 3 loops on the hook)
- Uses for half double crochet: basic stitch, parts of more complex, multi-stepped stitches
- Related: Standing half double crochet, Foundation half double crochet, Reverse half double crochet
It’s time to learn how to work a half double crochet (hdc) stitch. The half double crochet stitch is bigger than a single crochet and smaller than a double crochet. I always think of it as a middle stitch for some reason. So let’s get to this: yarn over, insert hook through stitch, yarn over, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, pull loop through the 3 loops on the hook (yo, insert hook through st, yo, pull loop through stitch, yo, pull loop through 3 loops on the hook)
When working in rows with half double crochet, you will always chain 2 (ch 2) at the end of the row. It’s your turning stitch. This is the same if you are working in rounds, and adding a slip stitch to the top of each chain 2 (which you would have made in the beginning of the round). Sometimes we create a seam when working in the round. It happens.
You can work the half double crochet stitch in a few different places. You can place the hook through both of the top “v” loops (1), through the back top “v” loop (2), and through the front top “v” loop (3). The half double crochet stitch now is tall enough to leave room to also use the front post(4) and the back post for stitches (5). It creates a really cool effect.