Crochet Tutorials

Half Double Crochet Tutorial

Hello all my fellow crochet peeps!  I am sharing my NEWEST crochet tutorial for Half Double Crochet.  This tutorial is super easy to follow as it incorporates images, written instructions and captions.  So hopefully since you are here for this tutorial you have completed my other tutorials found HERE 

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With saying that lets move on to the tutorial.  This stitch is the next size up from the single crochet stitch.  Half Double Crochet is abbreviated as hdc in most patterns.   Check out the below image A-1 to see a swatch of Half Double crochet stitches.


Half Double Crochet Tutorial

Step 1

Crochet a foundation chain of 12 chain stitches if you are practicing (reference image A-1).   If you are working on a pattern use the number of chains the pattern calls for.  Here are both instructions to view for creating 

Slip Knot

Chain Stitch


Step 2

Yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook (reference image A-2)


Step 3

Yarn over, pull yarn thru chain (reference image A-3).


Step 4

You now have 3 loops on hook (reference image A-4).


Step 5

Yarn over, pull yarn thru all 3 loops on hook (reference image A-5)


Step 6

You now have 1 complete Half Double Crochet stitch!  Say YAYYY!   So just follow the steps in every chain stitch across.  Remember the 2 chain stitches we skipped at the beginning of the row.  Well those 2 chains are counted as a first Half Double Crochet stitch of the row.   So when you are working your way across your chain stitches make sure you are counting.   Since we started with 12 chain stitches you should have a total of 10 Half Double Crochet stitches across (reference image A-6 & A-7)



Step 7

Beginning of next row, chain 2, turn work (reference image A-8 & A-9)



Step 10

Yarn over, insert hook into 1st half double crochet from the chain 2, work  the rest of steps to complete stitch.(reference image A-10)


Step 11

Continue across to and work last half double crochet in the top of the beginning chain 2 (reference image A-11)



Crochet A Year of Afghans, Book 17 


Remember that the chain 2 at the beginning of the rows is counted as a stitch.  However, there are some patterns that do not count the beginning chains as stitches (always follow pattern instructions).  So, like our practice swatch should have 10 hdc stitches in each row.  I can’t stress enough about counting stitches in all rows..if you don’t count your stitches you can very easily go from a starting count of 10 and in a few rows have a total count of 8.  Not counting also creates slanting work instead of straight sides. 

If you like this beginner crochet tutorial for Half Double Crochet don’t forget to check put my other beginner tutorials and also check out my resource library for the best cheat sheets for crochet CROCHET RESOURCES

I am also sharing my hdc video tutorial for extra help!


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Happy Crocheting!


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