Beginner Crochet Series – The Half-Double Crochet Stitch into the Chain

Today we are going to be making the half-double crochet stitch into the chain.  The half-double crochet is the next stitch in height after the single crochet.  There are several things to keep in mind when doing this stitch so please pay attention.

This is the stitch that you will probably be redoing the most as you crochet.  It’s not a difficult stitch, but pulling your hook through three loops at once can be a bit annoying.  This is when using your hook and fingers to work together is a necessity as well as learning to relax so your stitches are not tight.

The half-double stitch is also a bit of an oddball.  It’s not a single crochet and it’s not a double crochet though it has characteristics of both.  You will see what I mean as we move through the lessons.

The Half-Double Crochet Stitch into the Chain

Step One – Identify each chain stitch so you know where to put that very first half-double crochet.  The half-double crochet goes into the third chain from your hook.

Make sure to identify the chain stitches
Make sure to identify the chain stitches. The half-double stitch goes into the third chain from the hook.

Step Two – To begin the half-double crochet stitch, yarn over.

Yarn over before you insert the hook into the chain stitch
Yarn over before you insert the hook into the back hump of the chain stitch.

Step Three – Now you can insert your hook into the back hump of the third chain from the hook.  There should be three loops on your hook which are (from left to right):  the back hump, the yarn over, and the loop that was on your hook from the start of this stitch.

Now insert your hook into the back hump of the chain stitch
Now insert your hook into the back hump of the chain stitch.

Step Four – Yarn over and pull your hook through the first loop on your hook which is the back hump of the chain stitch.

Yarn over again before pulling your hook though only one loop on your hook
Yarn over again before pulling your hook though only one loop on your hook.

Step Five – You should have three loops on your hook which are as follows:  the yarn over you just did, the first yarn over, and the original loop on your hook.

There are now three loops on your hook
There are now three loops on your hook.

Step Six – Yarn over one more time and pull your hook through all three loops that are on your hook.  To make it easier to pull the hook through all of these loops, I suggest using your middle finger and thumb to pinch where indicated to pull the loops open.  Don’t forget to turn your hook down as you go through the motion of pulling it through all three loops.  Otherwise, the hook will catch on one of the loops or on one of the plys of yarn.

Yarn over once more before pulling through all three loops on you hook
Yarn over once more before pulling through all three loops on you hook. It is helpful to pull down where indicated in the photo so the hook will slide through the loops easily.

Step Seven – Your first half-double crochet stitch is now complete!  Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Now, take note of the different parts of the stitch so you can identify them when you come back to finish the second row.  The top of the half-double crochet is the top of the three loops you pulled the hook through at the end.  Remember this part of each stitch so you will put the hook under this top V when you move on to the second row of half-double crochet stitches.  Feel free to mark this part of the stitch with a scrap of yarn.

This is the first completed Half-Double crochet stitch
This is the first completed Half-Double crochet stitch.

Finish your first row of half-double crochet stitches by continuing to put half-double crochet stitches in each of the back humps of the chains.  Place a scrap of yarn to help you identify the top of the last stitch so you can easily identify it for next week’s lesson.

Homework

Make a long chain (as long as you wish) and add two chains at the end.  This will help you with remembering that the half-double goes into the third chain from the hook.  Put half-double crochet stitches into the back humps of each chain.  If you feel you need more practice make another long chain and repeat.  🙂

Next week we will be moving on to the second row of half-double crochet stitches.

Have an excellent day!

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