How to Half Double Crochet

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The half double crochet stitch is another of my favorite basic stitches. It’s somewhere between the single crochet and double crochet, height-wise. It’s perfect for those projects that would be too short with a single, and too tall with a double. Read through this quick written and photo tutorial, or watch the video at the bottom on how to half double crochet.

What You Need to Start

  • Any Crochet Hook
  • Any Yarn
  • A love for crochet

Instructions for How to Half Double Crochet

I started with a chain of 11. We’ll ultimately have 10 half double crochet stitches in each row; however, the 11th chain counts as your turning chain.

chain 11 to start insert in 2nd chain from hook

Learn more about chaining in crochet

Next, you yarn over your hook. Now, insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook as pointed out in the photo above.

insert hook in 2nd chain from hook

Yarn over again, this time pulling up a loop through the chain.

You should now have 3 loops on your hook.

yarn over and draw up a loop, 3 loops on hook

Yarn over again, and pull through all three loops. You have now made your first half double crochet.

Complete your first row by following the instructions above.

first row how to half double crochet

When you get to the end of the first row, chain 1 and then turn your work over.

chain 1 and turn your work

Work your second row exactly how you did the first. I will mention to watch out for the last stitch in this second row. It can be tricky to find if you’re not counting stitches. So, I also recommend counting your stitches throughout to make sure you’re ending with the number you started with. Remember, for purposes of this tutorial, you should have 10 stitches in each row. To help you find that last stitch, I have a photo below. I also point it out in the video for you!

Now you should have two completed rows of the half double crochet stitch. I can’t wait to see what you make with this stitch!

how to half double crochet two rows completed

Video Tutorial for How to Half Double Crochet

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