How to Crochet: Half-Double Crochet

Bonjour,

Once you’ve learned the single crochet, the rest of the stitches are pretty easy.  Today I’m going to show you the half-double crochet.

Let’s start with a chain of 7 again.  

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Go into the 2nd chain from your hook and make a half-double crochet, as follows.

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Make a half-double crochet in each stitch until the end of the row.

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The Turning Chain:  Many patterns use a chain 2, and they count it as the first stitch.  This means that you would chain 2 and turn, and skip the first stitch, half-double crocheting until the end.  Then, when you went back across, you’d make the last stitch of the row into the chain 2.  

Like I said during the single crochet tutorial, I think this makes it unnecessarily harder (of course, it’s good to know both).  I like to use a looser chain 1, and I do not count it as my turning chain.  So that’s what I’ll be showing you.  🙂

Chain one loosely, and turn:

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Make a half-double crochet in each stitch until the end of the row.  Make sure that you count them when you’re finished, as it’s easy to add one or skip one inadvertently.  

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Half-double crochets are abbreviated in patterns as ‘hdc’.  

I hope this helps you!  Let me know if you have any questions.  😀

~ The Cogaroo ~

 

 

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