How to Create a Half Double Crochet Stitch

What is a half double crochet stitch?

How to create a half double crochet stitch

Abbreviated as “hdc”, the half double crochet is a simple and versatile stitch. The height of this stitch is between that of a single crochet and double crochet stitch. This tutorial will teach you how to create the half double crochet stitch and give you tips on how to master it. A video tutorial is included at the bottom of the post for those who are visual learners.

The half double crochet is a versatile stitch that can be used to create hats, shawls, and blankets. It’s a more “breathable” stitch than the single crochet but creates a more dense item than the double crochet. I often use this stitch when creating brims for my hats or a simple edging on blankets. 

What you’ll need

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Crochet Hooks – aluminum crochet hooks are beginner friendly.

Yarn – acrylic worsted weight yarn is the best option for those just starting out crocheting. 

Note:  I recommended using a medium weight yarn (DK or worsted) and either a 5.0mm or 5.5mm crochet hook if you are just starting out learning how to crochet. 

Create a Half Double Crochet Stitch

1. Chain 12

Create a slip knot and chain 12 stitches. This is a foundation chain of 10+2, once you create your first hdc you will see that these 2 additional stitches act as your first half double crochet. 

Chain 12

2. Yarn Over and Insert Hook

Yarn over and insert your hook into the third chain from the hook. Reminder that you will never work in the 1st chain from the hook.

3. Yarn over a Second Time and Pull Through

Now you will yarn over again, hook your yarn and pull back through the chain (you will now have 3 loops on your hook).

Pull up a loop

4. Yarn over and Pull Through All 3 Loops

Yarn over again, hook your yarn and pull the yarn through all 3 loops. This completes the first half double crochet stitch.

Completed half double crochet stitch

5. Complete the Row

Repeat the steps to create HDC in each of the remaining stitches. You should end with 10 HDC stitches in your row.

Completed first row

6. Turning Chain

Now that you have completed your first row, you will create a turning chain of 2. HDC into each of the following stitches, ending with 10 stitches in the second row. 

Turning chain

For those of you who are visual learners, here is a popular YouTube video showing you how to create a half double crochet stitch.

To learn how to crochet more basic stitches check out my tutorials here.

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