Slightly Taller


US: hdc
UK: half treble crochet

Half double crochet is certainly an oddball stitch. It’s a tighter stitch like the single crochet, but adds a little bit of height onto the row. Just as the name applies it’s half of a double crochet.

The Half Double Crochet

Just like with any project we need a foundation chain. For this one we’re going to do chain 13.

1. Yarn over, you should have 2 loops on your hook. Insert hook into the 3rd chain from hook.

2. Yarn over, pull through the chain. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

3. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on your hook. Finished! You just made your first half double crochet! Don’t worry, like everything else your first one won’t look pretty.

half double crochet
half double crochet
half double crochet

Repeat steps 1-3 in the next chain from stitch.  Continue until the end of your chain. You should have 12 half double crochet stitches. But how? You only crocheted 11 half double crochets? It counts as 12 because the first 2 chains you skipped count as a half double crochet. Remember this when you go back through on the next row. It’s very easy to skip the first 2 chains.

Let’s look at each of your stitches in your finished row. Identify each one. Recognize the V in front of each stitch, the line going across the V, as well as the V up top.

half double crochet
half double crochet

Now that you have your first row of stitches done you’re going to make two chain stitches. Then turn your work around, your hook should be on the right side again. Just like the first row, these first 2 chain stitches count as a double crochet. Yarn over and insert your hook into the second half double crochet (not the first stitch), yarn over, pull through. 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through all three loops.. There’s your first half double crochet on the new row. Continue making half double crochets until the end of the row. You should have 12 stitches again. Remember to stitch into the chain 2 of the previous row!

Make sure you’re counting your stitches each row. It’s very important to learn how to identify stitches to help keep your count. Don’t rush through without studying what a half double crochet looks like.

homework and quiz

Your homework!

Practice the half double crochet stitch!

Make a piece that is 10 single crochets long. So you’ll need to start with 11 chain stitches. Make 12 rows. Repeat as necessary.

Half Double Crochet

Let's see what all you've learned.