Complete guide on half double crochet stitch

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Double crochet stitch: yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops.

After crocheting several rows in double crochet, I wanted to switch it up a bit.

I wanted to work a half double crochet row in between each double crochet row so I worked several rows of double crochet, then worked the following pattern in the spaces created by doing chains instead of working into a stitch:

Row 1: chain 3 (counts as first dc), skip next dc, dc in ch sp.

Row 2: ch 1 (counts as first dc), skip next stitch, dc in space created by hdc.

(“SK” means to skip the following stitch)

It helped get rid of two pesky ends because now there’s one end…the tails from the starting chain and the working yarn!

Here’s a key for you:

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Dc = double crochet stitch, Hdc= half double crochet stitch, Ch sp= the space created by chaining three. Hope that helps!

The following pattern is not my original idea. I found this on another blog.

Please, please give credit to the author if you choose to use my photo or this pattern in any way OR place a link back in the comments section. Thank you! 🙂

I just finished another blanket in half double crochet…

…except I switched up the starting chain so I could work each side of the beginning chain as a row.

Instead of: ch 3 (counts as first dc), skip next stitch, hdc in ch sp…

this time I did the following: ch 2 (does not count as first dc now or throughout pattern), SK next stitch, dc into space created by hdc.

Pros and cons of half double crochet stitch

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The pros of the half double crochet stitch are that it’s a bit taller than the double crochet stitch, so it can provide a bit more coverage. It’s also a bit more elastic, so it can be used in projects that need to stretch. The cons of this stitch are that it can be a little difficult to learn at first, and it can be a bit more challenging to work with than some of the other crochet stitches.


I would recommend that you first try working a half double crochet row and then working a row of single crochet stitches, alternating them to see which you like better. I love the look of the half-double crochet stitch and will be using it on my next project!

Thank you so much for reading!! Please, please give credit where credit is due if you wish to use this pattern in any way. 🙂 Comments are always appreciated!!

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