What is 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
2. Yarn Over and Insert Hook
3. Yarn over a Second Time and Pull Through
4. Yarn over and Pull Through All 3 Loops
5. Complete the Row
6. 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.