In this lesson you will learn how to crochet Half Double Crochet Stitches, how to work them into a chain and how to turn your work when crocheting half double crochet stitches.
Half double crochet stitches are the next longer stitches after single crochet stitches.
If you are looking for instructions for even longer stitches like double crochet stitches, treble crochet stitches or double treble crochet stitches use the following links:
Half Double Crochet Stitches
- Slip Knot
- Magic Ring
- Chain Stitch
Needed Materials and Tools
- 2.5 mm Crochet Hook
- Colors: green
- This pattern was crocheted using the „Schachenmayr Catania“ yarn (100% Cotton, Meterage: 125 m, Yarn Ball Weight: 50 g, Yarn Weight: Sport – 5ply / Fine (2)) in the following colors:
- Golf Green (Golfgrün (241))
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Crochet a Half Double Crochet Stitch
In this lesson you will crochet the half double crochet stitch “in rows”. Half double crochet stitches can of course also be crocheted in spiral rounds and joined rounds.
Use the check boxes to mark your finished rounds, rows and steps.
- Step 1: Yarn over once, this means you wind the thread once counter-clockwise around the crochet hook. In this case you do not hold the thread with the actual hook.
- Step 2: Push the crochet hook through the next stitch, yarn over and pull through. You have 3 loops on the crochet hook.
- Step 3: Yarn over and pull it through all 3 loops. You have crocheted your first half double crochet stitch. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to crochet more half double crochet stitches.
Crochet Half Double Crochet Stitches into a Chain
If your crochet project starts with a chain in which half double crochet stitches have to be crocheted, always crochet the first half double crochet into the 3rd stitch on the chain, counted from the crochet hook (unless the pattern says otherwise).
However, this is done ONLY for the first half double crochet stitch, the next half double crochet stitch and all following in this row are always crochet into the next stitch (unless the pattern says otherwise).
These skipped stitches allow the half double crochet stitch to appear in its correct size. If you skip too few stitches the half double crochet stitch will be compressed and if you skip too many stitches the skipped stitches can create an open loop.
Turn your Work with Half Double Crochet Stitches
If you crochet something in rows, you eventually have to turn your work sooner or later. To turn your work properly you need to crochet a turning chain, depending on the stitch you are crocheting in the new row this turning chain has to be shorter or longer.
A turning chain is a chain crocheted with normal chain stitches.
- Step 1: You have reached the end of your current row and cannot crochet any more stitches. Now crochet 2 chain stitches, these chain stitches will form the turning chain.
- Step 2: Now turn your work counter-clockwise so that the crochet hook lies at the far right corner, because you usually crochet from right to left.
- Step 3: Yarn over once.
- Step 4: Just as if you crochet a half double crochet stitch into a chain, crochet the first half double crochet stitch into the 3rd stitch from the crochet hook or the last stitch of the previous row. However, this is only done for the first half double crochet stitch after the turn. Crochet all other half double crochet stitches into the next stitch.
- Step 5: Now finish the half double crochet stitch as usual. Yarn over and pull it through. You have 3 loops on your crochet hook. Yarn over and pull it through all 3 loops on the crochet hook. Done is the 1st half double crochet stitch in the new row.