The half double crochet stitch is a great crochet stitch for a beginner to learn. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make a half double crochet stitch. A half double crochet is one of the most common and basic crochet stitches that you can make. It is sometimes abbreviated HDC in crochet patterns.
This post is excellent for beginner crocheters to really learn the answer to the question of what is the half double crochet stitch?
How to Half Double Crochet (hdc)
A half double crochet is quite similar to a single crochet and double crochet but with a few minor differences. A half double crochet is started with a YO (yarn over) the hook unlike a single crochet where no yarn over is made. Now to make it different from a double crochet at the end of the stitch you pull through three loops on the hook instead of continuing on.
Once you have your yarn and hook ready you are ready to learn. Below are a few basic steps on how to half double crochet in a pattern which will get you started in the right direction of making this stitch.
How to make a Half Double Crochet (hdc):
- YO (yarn over)
- Insert hook from front to back of the designated stitch,
- YO the hook and pick up a loop.
- YO the hook and pull back through all three loops on the hook.
Sometimes in crochet patterns, you will see it abbreviated using the letters “HDC.” So, if you’ve ever wondered what HDC stands for when reading crochet patterns now, you know that it means half double crochet! Also, in the US, it’s called half double crochet. In the UK, it’s called a half treble crochet. So, you’ll need to keep that in mind when you are looking through patterns.
You can also use the hdc in the round or in rows. If you are working the hdc stitch and want to start a new round or row you will chain 1 (or 2) depending on what the crochet pattern calls for.
Patterns Using a HDC Crochet Stitch
The half double crochet is an easy stitch that is perfect to use in projects such as a hdc crochet blanket, pillow and ear warmer I have designed quite a few patterns that use the half double crochet stitch that would be great to try once you learn this easy stitch. Take a look at a few of my favorite ways to use hdc stitches in patterns below!
Some of my favorite HDC stitch patterns:
Or take a look at our collection of patterns using the half double crochet to see if there is a blanket, scarf or more that you may want to crochet.
Step-by-Step Half Double Crochet for Beginners Tutorial
Read on down to find the FREE step-by-step photo tutorial on how to work hdc stitches in patterns as well as find a hdc video tutorial too.
I can’t wait for you to learn all about this stitch, which also happens to be my favorite stitch to use in crochet patterns! You’ll be implementing this easy hdc crochet stitch into all those crochet patterns you have been hoping to try.
Happy Half Double Crocheting!
How to Make a Half Double Crochet (HDC)
Skill Level: Basic
- I used Lion Brand Woolspun Bulky Size 5 in Oxford Grey (but any size or brand will work)
- Crochet Hook Size L. I used the Crochet Dude Aluminum Crochet Hook Size L /8 mm (use the hook that corresponds with the yarn you choose to use)
- This tutorial is shown using standard US Terms
- Remember to have fun! 🙂
The Half Double Crochet Tutorial
Step 1: Chain any number (I used 11 for this tutorial)
Step 2: Yarn over and Insert Hook into 2nd Chain from Hook
Step 3: Yarn over again and pull back through 2nd Chain (3 loops on hook)
Step 4: Yarn over again and pull through all 3 loops on hook
Step 5: Repeat from Step 2 (do not work into the 2nd chain from hook from here on out go to the next chain instead)
Finishing: When you get to the end of the row, remember to chain 1, turn and repeat from step 2 on to complete a pattern.
Half Double Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial
If you prefer a video on how to make a half double crochet then check out my channel below!
Other Crochet Stitch Tutorials That May Help Too!
I hope you had fun learning about the tips and tricks on how to half double crochet and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Here are some more how to crochet tutorials that may be useful with future crochet projects & patterns.
PS: Want to crochet even more crochet projects with the Half Double Crochet Stitch? Check out my suggestions below.