Half double crochet looks like this. Image from CraftStylish

We have already looked at how to crochet single crochet and how to crochet double crochet. The half double crochet is a stitch that is in between these two standard stitches in size. It’s a useful crochet stitch that is frequently used so it’s important to know how to do it. The crochet abbreviation for half double crochet is hdc.

Written instructions for how to crochet half double crochet

If you learn well from written instructions then these are the steps to follow to crochet a half double crochet

  • Make your foundation chain.
  • Add two additional chains. This is your turning chain.
  • Yarn over.
  • Insert the hook into the chain that is three chains from your hook. (This is the last chain of the foundation chain before you added the two additional chains for the turning chain.)
  • Yarn over.
  • Pull the yarn through the stitch and yarn over again. There will be three loops on the hook.
  • Pull the yarn through all through three loops.

That’s your half double crochet stitch. At the end of the row, you would turn the work and add an additional two chains for the turning chain. You would insert the hook into the first stitch after the turning chain. Continue with the same directions as above.

Pictures of how to crochet half double crochet

Need some photos to help you figure out what those written instructions means? The following images come from the Bernat Blog:

Video instructions for how to crochet half double crochet

If you’re having any difficulty learning how to crochet half double crochet then a video might help. Here’s one from Mikey’s Mail on YouTube:

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