Half Double Crochet (hdc)

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Think of the half double crochet stitch as being 1 yarn overs before starting the stitch, and then when pulling through, pulling though all loops on the hook at once.


Pattern Abbreviation:  hdc

 


The photos below show an example of a half double crochet stitch being worked into a row of double crochet stitches.. 

Half Double Crochet (hdc), Step 1

Step 1:  Yarn over hook (wrap yarn from back to front around the hook) once just below hook opening. 

 

Half Double Crochet (hdc), Step 2

Step 2:   Keeping working yarn behind work, insert hook into the stitch  indicated by the instruction.  Yarn over to create a loop on the hook (wrap yarn around hook from back to front into hook opening). 

Half Double Crochet (hdc), Step 3

Step 3: Pull  loop on hook through so that there are now 3 loops on the hook.

 

TIP:  If working in a chain, it is helpful to keep tension on the chain with thumb and forefinger of your hand opposite the hook so that the hook slides through easily.

 

Half Double Crochet (hdc), Step 4

Step 4:  Bring yarn over hook again, from back to front so that yarn engages in hook opening.

Half Double Crochet (hdc), Step 5

Step 5: Draw loop through all of the loops on the hook.  This completes the half double crochet stitch.

TIP:  Twist hook so that hook opening faces downwards when drawing through the loops on the hook.