Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

A half double crochet stitch is similar to a single crochet, except a little bit taller. It’s a great stitch for creating fabrics that are a little looser that something made in single crochet. This stitch is usually used in place of single crochet because it also works up faster. Here’s how to work a half double crochet stitch!

Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Here’s a quick little video so you can follow along with me, and then the instructions are broken down step by step below.

To make a row of 10 HDC, start with a chain 11.

1. Bring your yarn over the hook and insert your hook into the 2nd space from the hook.

2. Bring your yarn over the hook (YO) and pull it through your chain. You should have three loops on the hook now.

3. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook.

Repeat these steps into each chain space remaining to create the first row. Then, at the end of the row, chain 1.

Turn your work over so the hook is on the right again and you can work the next row. Work a few rows and you’ll get a sample like mine below.

And that’s all there is to it. That extra loop gives some height to the stitch that a single crochet doesn’t have, but other than that, it’s really the same. I love using HDC and it’s just the beginning of so many wonderful, cool stitches. I hope you follow along to see what other stitches I share.

P.S. If you want to crochet at your own pace and get more tutorials, tips and patterns all in one place, check out The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet! It’s an ebook with all my the first 12 lessons (complete with pictures and video just like this post), more tips on choosing the right materials and tools, along with 12 beginner friendly patterns (also with video). You can get the whole thing for free right over here!


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