To get you started here is how to work half double crochet (abbreviated hdc). This stitch is one of the most basic stitches in crochet. It’s also one of the easiest because it doesn’t include any complicated loops to wrap your yarn around. If you’ve managed single crochet and double crochet, chances are you’ll master this stitch in no time!
How to make half double crochet
To practice making half double crochets,
Insert hook into fifth chain from hook (skip four chains)
Yarn over and pull up loop (there are now 3 loops on your hook)
Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (now there are 2 loops on your hook)
Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (now there is 1 loop on your hook)
You have just completed one half double crochet. The closer together the two yarn overs in this stitch are, the tighter and more uniform the resulting fabric will be. It’s a good idea to treat these two yarn overs like a single loop if you’re working into them at all close to the end of the row. This makes it easier to tighten up your stitches later when you weave in loose ends or block your finished piece. Here’s how that would work: Yarn over, insert hook into fifth chain from hook, pull up loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over (still holding last loop of previous stitch), pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops. Remember that in single crochet and double crochet the equivalent of a half double crochet would be a step up from a ch? That’s because these other stitches includes one yarn over, which is combined with the next stitch. Yet another way to think of this stitch is as a “step down” from a treble crochet. The only difference between working into the second chain from your hook for a half double and working into the fourth chain from your hook for a treble is how many loops you’re pulling up at once when you yarn over: three vs. six for trebles, two vs. four for half doubles…pretty simple! For more fun things to do with half double crochet, read about it in the Encyclopedia of Crochet. Not sure what to make? Just like its sister stitches single crochet and double crochet, half double crochet can be used in all sorts of patterns for just about any kind of project you can dream up. For more ideas, check out this article on working with half double crochet.
Half double crochet is a very versatile stitch that can be used for a variety of projects. It’s easy to learn and works up quickly, so it’s perfect for beginners. If you’re looking for some ideas on what to make with half double crochet, check out this article for inspiration. You can use half double crochet in all sorts of patterns, from sweaters and blankets to hats and scarves. So get creative and have fun with this simple but beautiful stitch!