3 Ways to Half Double Crochet (HDC)

Crocheting is an incredibly versatile and relaxing hobby, allowing you to create beautiful and functional pieces with just a hook and some yarn. One of the essential stitches in crochet is the half double crochet (HDC), which offers a nice balance between height and density, making it perfect for various projects. In this article, we will discuss three ways to execute the half double crochet stitch to enhance your crocheting skills.

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  1. Standard Half Double Crochet

The standard HDC forms a solid fabric that’s ideal for blankets and accessories. Here’s how to create a standard HDC:

Step 1: Begin by making a foundation chain with the desired number of stitches.

Step 2: Yarn over your hook once.

Step 3: Insert your hook into the third chain from the hook.

Step 4: Yarn over again, and pull it through the chain stitch, leaving three loops on your hook.

Step 5: Yarn over one more time, and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook.

You have now completed one standard HDC stitch. Continue stitching across your row, and at the end of each row, chain two before turning to begin the next row.

  1. Foundation Half Double Crochet

Foundation HDC combines creating a foundation chain with your first row of HDC stitches, providing a stretchy edge that’s perfect for garments.

Step 1: Make two chains.

Step 2: Yarn over your hook once.

Step 3: Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook.

Step 4: Yarn over again, but this time pull it through only one loop; this creates a new chain stitch.

Step 5: Yarn over once more and pull through all three loops remaining on your hook.

Now you have made one foundation HDC stitch. To continue, yarn over, insert your hook into that new chain stitch you just created, and repeat steps 4 and 5.

  1. Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop

This technique creates a textured fabric by working the HDC stitches into their hidden third loop, resulting in a design that looks like knitting-inspired ribbing.

Step 1: Work across a row of standard HDC stitches.

Step 2: Chain two and turn to start the next row.

Step 3: Yarn over once.

Step 4: Look for the third loop (the horizontal bar) located just below the front and back loops of your previous HDC stitches.

Step 5: Insert your hook into the third loop only, yarn over again, pull through, and continue with steps 5 in the standard method.

In conclusion, these three half-double crochet variations offer diverse textures and can be applied to any crochet project. Mastering these techniques will allow you to create stunning new patterns and enhance your finished projects’ appearance. Enjoy experimenting with these HDC methods and watch your crochet skills flourish!

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