The half double crochet: halfway between the single crochet and the double crochet, and abbreviated as hdc in crochet patterns. Using components of both the single and double crochet stitches, this stitch can be used to make anything from blankets to cardigans. Let’s learn how to crochet the Half Double Crochet stitch with this tutorial!
How to Half Double Crochet
The half double crochet stitch has three loops: a front loop, a back loop and a third loop. When reading a crochet pattern, the half double crochet will be abbreviated as hdc. We use this stitch to make the Blanket Cardigan, The Cozy Coed Cardigan, and the Painted Canyon Cardigan. I love this stitch and it is very beginner-friendly.
To make the Half Double Crochet stitch, you will…
1. Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch.
2. Hook the yarn and pull the yarn through the stitch you just went into. You should now have three loops on your hook.
3. Yarn over again and pull through all three loops.
That’s all there is to the HDC!
To start a new row, chain one and turn your work. Start in the very first stitch with step one above.