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How to Half Double Crochet (HDC)

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The half double crochet stitch is a simple, basic and versatile stitch. In terms of height, this stitch is half way between a single crochet and a double crochet stitch. This tutorial will show you how to do the half double crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

When the half double crochet stitch is used in a pattern, it will be abbreviated as HDC.

Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches. Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the third chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

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first step of how to crochet half double crochet stitch

Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook.

second step of how to hdc

Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through all three loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One half double crochet stitch (HDC) completed.

how to half double crochet stitch

Step 4: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. This is your second half double crochet stitch (HDC) completed.

Repeat Step 4 in each remaining chain.

To add a second (or more) row(s):
To add a second row of HDC stitches, chain 2 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

How to start second row of half double crochet, how many chains to start half double crochet

Step 1: Yarn over and insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops (often referred to as the first stitch because it is the first stitch of this row), yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. One HDC Stitch completed.
Note: The chain 2 does not count as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise

in progress hdc stitch
photo tutorial half double crochet
completed stitch

Step 2: Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. One HDC stitch completed.

in progress hdc stitch
last step of hdc stitch
completed half double crochet stitch

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining HDC stitch across.

Two rows of half double crochet stitch

To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

Completed swatch of half double crochet stitches

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t forget to pin and share this post. Like stitch tutorials? Check out my Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial! Want a pattern that uses this stitch? Check out my Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern.

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