Last week I showed you how to do the half-double crochet stitch into the chain. This week I will show you some tips and tricks for making half-double crochets into the next row.
Now that you are familiar with making a half-double crochet stitch into the chain, you are ready to move into the next row and beyond. This isn’t difficult. However, I wanted to break it into its own category because there are some things to keep in mind as you move forward.
Just like with the single crochet, you will be putting your hook into the top V of the previous row’s stitch. This is the standard for crochet, though some patterns may want you to put your hook into only one of the V loops or perhaps around the stitch’s post. These changes from the norm are a design element so don’t get cornered into thinking that these designers are wrong. Crochet is a creative activity so feel free to be creative once you have learned the basics.
Tips for the Second Row
At the end of the previous row you did two chains to move up to the next level of the “house” we are making. Now you are ready to turn your work and begin the second row of half-double crochet stitches.
If you are having trouble identifying where the first half-double stitch goes after you made your two chains, turn your project so you are looking down at the top of the V’s. Count three V’s from your hook, remembering that the loop on your hook does not count as a stitch. Once you’ve found that third V, turn you project so you are looking at it from the side. That third V is where you will be placing the first half-double stitch of your row.
The Half-Double Crochet Stitch Recap
The End of the Second Row
The Row after and Beyond!
The photos below show you how your rows should look as you near the end with two stitches and one stitch remaining. Use this as a guide as your project grows so your sides won’t become wonky.
One Final Note on the Half-Double Crochet Stitch
If you take a look at the row of half-double crochet stitches, you may notice that there are what looks to be two V’s. This happens when you are pulling that final yarn over through all three loops on your hook.
So where on earth do you actually put your hook to make the half-double stitch? Well, if you take a moment to analyze the stitch as you finish the row, you will see the three loops that were originally on your hook before you did the last yarn over. The loop that is closest to your hook on the top is actually the loop that was on the hook when you first started the stitch. When you turn your work, this loop creates the V that you will be inserting your hook under. Keep your eye on it as you move to the next row. Alternatively, you can place a scrap piece of yarn here to help you find it.
I hope that these tips and tricks will help you as you learn crochet. You will make mistakes as you go along, but this should help you troubleshoot those issues.
Have an excellent day!