Today I will be doing a tutorial on the third stitch I teach in my “Crochet 101” class even though there will be no class this week since we will be celebrating Independence Day, here in the United States of America.

The half double crochet (hdd) is an in-between stitch; it falls between the single crochet and the double crochet in height. It is also the only basic stitch in which you yarn over and draw through three loops instead of two. It produces a nice thick, tightly woven pattern that produces a heavy warm crochet piece.

In the next few weeks I will be teaching the basic stitches and with each new stitch you will discover that each will be slightly taller than the week before. For example, the first week was the chain stitch-then the single crochet and this week is the half double crochet. With each heightened stitch you will notice that to gain that height a chain stitch is added at the beginning of the row. For example – for a single crochet you would chain one, for a half double, you would chain two, for a double you would chain three and with a treble you would crochet four. I know, I am getting ahead of myself we have not discuss the double crochet and treble. I just wanted to give the general ideal.

Let’s get back to the subject at hand. Are you ready to learn the half double crochet? Stop reading right here, go and get your yarn and hook and let’s get busy crocheting.

Half Double Crochet Tutorial:

Crochet 27 loosely.

Note: Remember when you are crocheting, to always work in the front of your chain stitch; the side with the other is in the appearance of a tear drops.

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Step 1: Yarn over and insert hook into the third chain from hook.

Note: Remember you never count the slip knot or the chain on the hook when counting the chains.

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Step 2: Yarn over and draw thru the stitch.

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You should have 3 loops on your hook.

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Step 3: Yarn over and draw thru all 3 loops on hook – you have just made your first half double crochet.

Now work the same stitch across – ending with 25 half double crochets.

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To begin a new row, chain 2 (this is called the turning chain), turn your work, then skipping the first stitch of the row directly below the turning chain,

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Insert your hook into the second stitch.

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Repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete the half double stitch.

Work across and you should have 25 half double.

Note: Remember that the turning chain (the chain 2) counts as your first stitch when counting.

I hope you’re enjoying working this stitch, remember that with every new thing you will learn, can only be perfected through practice, practice and more practice.

Have a wonderful Independence Day! – Spend some time with your family and friends, and until next week keep those hooks flying.