The half double crochet: halfway between the single crochet and the double crochet, and abbreviated as hdc in crochet patterns. This stitch has components of both the single and double crochet stitches, and allows you to crochet quickly and beautifully without much concentration once you get the hang of it.
How to Crochet the Half Double Crochet
Unlike the single crochet or the double crochet, the half double crochet stitch has three loops: a front loop, a back loop and a third loop (discussed in video). Working into the third loop only creates a ribbed look similar to knitting. It is beautiful and great for cowls and scarves! I’ll be working on a NEW pattern here on HeartHookHome, watch for it in the crochet section of our website.
To start a new row in hdc, you will chain one stitch before turning. Some crochet patterns may call for two, that is a personal preference and will vary from designer to designer. I personally prefer to do just one chain because I like the effect (and the straighter edges) it gives to the finished project.
When you are reading a crochet pattern, the half double crochet will be abbreviated as hdc. To make the hdc, you will yarn over, insert your hook into the next/indicated stitch, yarn over again and pull through. You should now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over again and pull through all three loops, completing your half double crochet.
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