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How to Half Double Crochet Stitch for Beginners (& Foundation Half Double Crochet Tutorial)

How to Half Double Crochet Stitch for Beginners (& Foundation Half Double Crochet Tutorial)

So, you’ve reached a level to learn how to half double crochet stitch (HDC crochet, for short) and you’re wondering how difficult it is.

Well, lucky for you, the half double crochet stitch is one of the easiest things to learn assuming you’ve already got a solid base of knowledge (you must first know how to make a slipknot and chain stitch). 

Don’t worry, if you need to learn the basics first, we’ve written a how-to guide and tutorial for both a slipknot and chain stitch that will catch you up to speed.

Now, let’s get into how to half double crochet stitch (HDC crochet) so you can take your stitching to the next level! Thanks to Angela for the help on this tutorial!

FYI: At the end of the tutorial, we will show you how to do a Foundation HDC. 


How to Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Step 1: Create a slipknot

A slipknot is fairly easy to create. You can look at our “How to Crochet” Beginner’s guide for more instruction on that.

Step 2: Make a chain stitch

Your chain stitch, as well, is an important part of the HDC and you can find out how to make a chain stitch in the How to Crochet beginner’s tutorial linked in Step 1. 

Step 3: Start the HDC crochet

Begin by yarning over – similar to how you did with the chain stitch. Slide the needle through the first stitch of your chain.

Step 4: Yarn over and pull

Just as you did for the chain stitch, simply yarn over your needle and hook the yarn and pull it through the loop on your crochet needle.

If you did it well, you should have three loops around your needle like so:

Step 5: Yarn over (again) and pull through*

Repeat the step above, except this time is a little different. When you pull through, you want to pull the yarn through all three of the loops on your needle. It’s very simple but this step is crucially important.

Step 6: Repeat the process

Upon finishing your first HDC, continue to slide your needle through the first open stitch in your chain and repeat the process above from Step 3 until you’ve reached the end of your chain. 

Once you’ve done this, congratulations, you’ve done your first half double crochet stitch!

BONUS: How to do a Foundation Half Double Crochet

Foundation stitches are a way of making a foundation chain and the first row of stitches at the same time. Many more experienced crocheters will use this technique to speed up efficiency once they feel comfortable with their craft. 

If you’re just learning, there’s really no need to do this yet. Stick to the basics! But if you’re ready for a new challenge, this is great to try!

Here’s a great info-graphic that explains perfectly how to Foundation HDC by shibaguyzdesignz.

That’ll save us all some time, probably 🙂

If you have any questions regarding your half double crochet stitch, do not hesitate to ask in the comment section below. We can’t wait to see your progress so feel free to post your HDC’s in the comments as well!

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Hello, and welcome to our site. We've been passionate about crochet for years and have learned a lot along the way. We hope our tutorials and tips will help you out on your crochet journey. Let's make art together!

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