The Forked Half Double Crochet stitch is pretty and mindless. By forking the stitch, you also get a lovely effect that gives great texture and visual appeal. Here’s how to do it!
Forked Half Double Crochet
The Forked Half Double crochet stitch is a variation of the half double crochet that feels almost like a double crochet. We use a variation of this stitch in my Chemo Cap crochet pattern, and it is just so pretty. You can start with any number of chains, and use any kind of yarn with the corresponding hook size. This stitch is abbreviated as Fkhdc. Practice this stitch in my new washcloth pattern!
To make the Forked Half Double crochet (fkhdc), you’ll yarn over and pull up a loop in the same stitch as the previous stitch, then yarn over and pull up a loop in the next stitch, so that the stitch is literally “forked” over two stitches. Follow these steps:
1. Chain any number of chains.
2. Yarn over and pull up in a loop in the 3rd chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the 4th chain from hook. (5 loops on hook)
3. Yarn over and pull through three. Yarn over and pull through three. First Forked Half Double made!
4. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the same as the last stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the next open chain. (5 loops on hook)
5. Yarn over and pull through three. Yarn over and pull through three.
Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you only have one chain remaining. Double crochet in the last chain. First row complete!
Many crochet tutorials will tell you to chain-3 when you turn to start a new row, but I have found that my sides stay cleaner and straighter when I only chain-2. So, to start a new row you will…
6. Chain-2 and turn. Fkhdc using the first two stitches of the row. Fkhdc using the same as the last st and the next st, all the way to the end of the row. When you run out of stitches, place a double crochet in the top of the chain-2 from the previous row.
Repeat step 6 until the piece is as tall as you like. See how nice and straight that edge is when chaining only two at the beginning of each row? If you work better with a VIDEO tutorial, please see that below.