The Paired Half-Double Stitch is a variation on the half double crochet stitch. It is also known as half double crochet two together and is often used to decrease two stitches into one.
Decreasing stitches like the paired half double stitch are crucial for any projects that need shaping. If you want something more than an ever expanding circle or rectangle, or if you like to shape a project without the gaping holes when you skip a stitch, then this stitch is for you.
To work this stitch, you need to join pairs of half double crochet stitches together. This will produce clusters that are more pronounced.
If you are not familiar with how to crochet the half double crochet stitch, we have a great, step-by-step tutorial that you can find here: Half Double Crochet: Learn How to Half Double Crochet.
To maintain the count of the stitch, work twice into each stitch along the row. This will compensate for working two stitches together. Working two stitches together in this pattern produces a less stable overall structure, However, it creates an excellent drape.
Moreover, the stitch creates a fabric that is sturdy but also quite rigid and stiff, so I can not recommend this stitch for baby blankets or garments. It is, however, perfect for bath or kitchen crochet projects as well as hats and bags.
This stitch pattern is using US crochet terms. 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 Paired Half-Double Stitch Pattern
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Crochet Instructions – Step by Step
Multiple: any number of stitches, plus 2 for the foundation chain.
Hdc2tog over 3rd and 4th ch from the hook.
* Hdc2tog by inserting hook in same ch as last stitch, then in next ch.
Rep from * to end.
Hdc2tog of previous row.
Continue to work hdc2tog by inserting hook in stitch just worked and then in next hdc2tog.
Working final stitch in turning chain.
Repeat Step 3.
Crochet Chart for the Paired Half-Double Stitch
For those who prefer a visual representation of a crochet stitch pattern, here’s a crochet diagram for your reference.