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The Half Double Crochet Stitch is a simple and versatile stitch, very fun to work with. In fact, it lends itself well to ribbed designs.
As its name implies, this stitch stands halfway between a single and double crochet. And, you can work this stitch by removing one step from the double crochet stitch.
If you are not familiar with how to crochet the single crochet, we have a great step-by-step tutorial that you can find here: Single Crochet: Learn How To Single Crochet.
If you also like to learn the double crochet stitch, we have a fully illustrated tutorial for it as well. Find this tutorial here: Double Crochet: Learn How to Double Crochet.
This crochet stitch is typically used to bridge the gap between the single and double crochet.
In addition, it is an excellent choice for making solid fabrics, and it produces better drapes in comparison to single crochet.
In many patterns, you can easily replace the double crochet stitch with the half double crochet stitch. It would be a bit shorter, however, it will look exactly the same.
It is important to note that this stitch pattern is using US crochet terms. In fact, the term “half double crochet” is not used in UK crochet terms. This stitch is called half treble crochet in UK crochet patterns.
You can learn more about the differences between US and UK terms in this article: Crochet Terms: US and UK Term Differences Explained.
Techniques Used for the Half Double Crochet Stitch Pattern
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Crochet Instructions – Step by Step
Multiple: any number of stitches, plus 1 for the foundation chain.
Repeat Step 3.
1 hdc in every ch to end of row.
Ch 2 (does not count as stitch).
1 hdc in every hdc to end of row, inserting the hook from front to back under both loops of each stitch (this looks like a “V”).
Repeat Step 3.
Crochet Chart for the Half Double Crochet Stitch
For those who prefer a visual representation of a crochet stitch pattern, I have included a crochet diagram for your reference.