Take the next step and learn to crochet the half double crochet once you are comfortable crocheting the single crochet. In patterns, it will be abbreviated as HDC. If you are in the UK or reading a pattern from a UK designer, a half double crochet is called a half treble crochet and abbreviated as HTR.

Half Double Crochet

To crochet the half double crochet,

  1. Make a slip knot and chain a certain number of chains to create your foundation chain. To practice make 10-20 chains in your foundation chain.
  2. Not counting the loop that is on the hook, yarn over your hook and then insert the hook in the third chain from the hook.
  3. Yarn over your hook and pull through the chain. Now you have three loops on your hook.
  4. Yarn over your hook and pull through all three loops. That’s a half double crochet!
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 in each of the chains on the foundation chain and that will be the first row.
  6. For row 2, turn your work and chain two.
  7. Skip the first stitch and do a half double crochet in each of the stitches from row 1 including the top of the turning chain. The turning chain is the two stitches that were skipped in the foundation chain. So, the top of the turning chain is the chain closest to the the row.
  8. For row 3 and beyond, repeat step 6 and 7.

Check out the video tutorial below that I posted on my YouTube channel. Keep crocheting rows of the half double crochet until you feel comfortable with the stitch. Then go on to the next stitch, double crochet.

Let me know how it went crocheting the half double crochet by commenting below. I’d love to know!

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