Looking to try something new yet familiar? The Wide Half Double Crochet stitch could be the perfect thing to bring some extra pizzazz to your next project. Spicing up your fabric can be as simple as changing the spot where you insert your hook, so grab your hook and learn the wide half double with me!
Wide Half Double Crochet Tutorial
The wide half double is a gorgeous, EASY stitch to create. If you can make the regular half double stitch, you can absolutely do this.
Because of the way we construct it, this stitch eliminates the ridge that you get along the top of the row in traditional half double. This makes the fabric created using this stitch truly reversible.
This crochet stitch is perfect for beginners. The regular Half Double Crochet is used in all kinds of crochet patterns and is typically one of the first stitches a crocheter learns.
What’s great about this stitch is that it is literally the same exact thing as the regular Half Double Crochet, the ONLY difference is where we insert the hook to begin the stitch.
In my opinion, because of the way the stitch dips down into the row below, this almost has a Moss Stitch appearance (pictured below). Except this one certainly works up faster!
Frequently asked Questions About the Wide Half Double Stitch:
What is the difference between Whdc and HDC? The only difference between the wide half double and the traditional half double is where we insert the hook to pull up the loop. Go in between the stitches instead of into the top of the stitch.
What is the abbreviation? Abbreviated as Whdc, this is a simple variation of the regular Half Double Crochet stitch.
What is the stitch multiple? There is no stitch multiple for the wide half double. Start with ANY number of chains.
Does the turning chain count as a stitch? No, in this tutorial the turning chain does not count as a stitch.
Make sure when you insert the hook between stitches to pull up the loop, that you encompass ALL loops (including the third loop) of the previous row. This is easy to miss!
Work your first stitch of each row in between the first and second stitch.
Work the final stitch of each row in between the final stitch and the turning chain from the previous row.
Wide Half Double Written Instructions:
The short version: YO, insert hook in space between the next two stitches of the previous row and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook). Complete the stitch as a regular half double crochet stitch.
1. Start with any number of chains. In this tutorial I am starting with 12.
2. Half Double Crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain to end.
3. Chain one and turn.
4. Skip the first stitch and instead, make a half double crochet in between the first and second stitch.
5. Half double crochet in between each stitch to the end of the row. (Making sure to encompass all three loops of the stitch)
6. Make the final stitch in the small space between the final stitch and the turning chain.
Repeat steps 4 – 6 to continue adding rows. When finished, simply fasten off and weave in all ends.
That’s it! Super easy, mindless, and fun. Just make sure to snag all THREE loops when going between stitches.
Wide Half Double VIDEO tutorial:
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I hope you love this stitch. Stay tuned for a NEW, unisex sweater pattern featuring this stitch hitting the Heart Hook Home blog soon!