Halfdouble Crochet (HDC)

This tutorial will teach you how to work the halfdouble crochet stitch. It is a basic stitch that has a tight but beautiful stitch definition. Heightwise the stitch falls between a single crochet and double crochet stitch.

Instructions

Halfdouble Crochet (HDC):
Place your yarn around the hook and push the hook through the “V” – place the yarn around your hook again and pull back through the “V”. You now have three loops on your hook – place the yarn around your hook and pull through all three loops.

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Halfdouble Crochet Decrease (DEC HDC):
Place your yarn around your hook – push your hook through the “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through the “V” – now push your hook through the next “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through leaving four loops on your hook.
Place your yarn around the hook and pull through all four loops.

Halfdouble Crochet Increase (INC HDC):
Work two Halfdouble Crochets in the same stitch.

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3rd loop of HDC

3rd Loop of a Halfdouble Crochet:
When you look at the stitch, you can see, it has three loops – front/back leg + 3. loop on the back. Because of this, I find the stitch very versatile in design depending on how you choose to work the following row on top.

Take a look at below patterns for the fingerless mittens and messy bun hat for example. The rows are worked in the 3. loop pushing the two legs onto the side. This gives a sort of knitted rib look.
The Moss Stitch is another great example of the versatility of Halfdouble Crochet. You alternate between a Single Crochet and Halfdouble Crochet going through the front and back leg of the top “V”. Have a look at my version of a dish cloth made in Moss Stitch HERE.

Patterns using this stitch

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