Crochet 101: Half Double Crochet Stitch

Guess what, friends!  It’s finally time for another installment in the Crochet 101 series!  Today, I’m going to show you a new stitch, the Half Double Crochet.

half double crochet

Recently, I shared a post with you about a fun hat I made using a free pattern from Lion Brand, and after sharing it, I realized that it required some stitches we hadn’t covered yet here on the blog.  You already know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet, but if you want to make a cool hat like mine, you’re going to need to know the half double crochet too.  It’s easy…honestly!

crochet hat

Here goes!  This stitch is one you’ll do after you’ve started your piece with a row of chains and probably a row of single or double crochets.  Once you get to the part of your pattern that calls for a half double crochet, here’s what you do.

Half Double Crochet {hdc}

First, wrap your yarn over your hook.

Half Double Crochet Stitch

Insert your hook into the stitch from the previous row.  Yarn over again and pull through.

Half Double Crochet Stitch

Now you’ll have three loops on your hook, like this.

Half Double Crochet Stitch

Yarn over one more time, then pull through all three of the loops on your hook.

Half Double Crochet Stitch

That’s it!  A half double crochet!

Half Double Crochet Stitch

For those of you who are auditory learners, or would like to see the stitch in action, here’s a little You Tube tutorial I made for you!

See?  Easy peasy.  Now get yourself some yarn and start practicing this new stitch!  You never know when you might need it to make something fun!



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