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The Staggered Half-Double Pairs is a beautiful stitch that you can use to create gorgeous fabrics. In fact, it is a great variation on the half-double stitch pattern.
If you want to learn how to do the half-double crochet, we have a fully illustrated, step-by-step tutorial on this stitch that you’ll surely find helpful. You can find this tutorial here: Half Double Crochet: Learn How to Half Double Crochet.
This stitch is such a unique way of creating a crochet stitch. Basically, when you are doing this stitch, you are making it by using a decrease stitch but you’re not actually reducing your stitch count.
Moreover, the Staggered Half-Double Pairs also requires you to work twice into one stitch, similar in principle to that of the paired single crochet. However, for this one, you will need to work into chain spaces and replace decreased stitches with a chain.
This stitch also works quite well with several yarn weights.
Furthermore, this pattern is ideal for making plush, softly-textured fabrics. As a matter of fact, it’s a great stitch choice for baby blankets, garments, hats and so much more!
Additionally, this stitch pattern is using US crochet terms. You might be wondering how the US crochet terms differ from the UK terms. Learn more about the differences between the two in this article: Crochet Terms: US and UK Term Differences Explained.
Techniques Used for the Staggered Half-Double Pairs Pattern
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How to Crochet into a Chain Space (CH SP)
Inserted the hook into the space below one or more chains. Here, a double crochet stitch is being worked into a one chain space (ch1 sp).
Crochet Instructions – Step by Step
Multiple: An even number of stitches, plus 1 for the foundation chain.
Hdc2tog over 3rd and 4th ch from hook.
* Ch 1.
Hdc2tog by inserting hook in next 2 ch.
Rep from * to last ch.
Ch 1, 1 hdc in last ch.
Hdc2tog over 1st and 2nd ch sp.
* Ch 1.
Hdc2tog by inserting hook in same ch sp as last stitch, then in next ch sp.
Rep from * working 2nd leg of last hdc2tog under turning chain of previous row.
Ch 1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of turning chain.
Repeat step 3.
Crochet Chart for the Staggered Half-Double Pairs
For those who prefer a visual representation of a crochet stitch pattern, I have included a crochet diagram for your reference.