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Half Double Crochet Tutorials

 

Learn how to half double crochet and use it in a variety of ways in this series of tutorials. Click on a link below to view a video now.


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Half Double Crochet For Beginners (HDC)

Learn how to make half double crochets with this beginner tutorial. The video will walk you through crocheting into the ...
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Half Double Crochet Into The Foundation Chain

This tutorial will show you specifically how to half double crochet into your foundation chain. It will explain why and ...
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Half Double Crochet In The First Stitch Of The Row

This tutorial will show you specifically how to half double crochet into the first stitch of your row. It will ...
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Half Double Crochet In The Middle Of The Row

This video covers how to perform the half double crochet when you are working in the middle of your row ...
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Half Double Crochet In The Last Stitch Of The Row

This tutorial will show you how half double crochet into the last stitch of the row. It will also explain ...
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Half Double Crochet In The Back Loop Only (HDC BLO)

Learn how to half double crochet in the back loop only with this video. Using this technique on every row ...
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Half Double Crochet In The Front Loop Only (HDC FLO)

Learn how to half double crochet in the front loop only with this tutorial. When this technique is used on ...
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Half Double Crochet In Spirals

Learn how to work half double crochet in spirals. This is a great technique when you are working in the round ...
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Decreasing In Half Double Crochet When Working In Rows (HDC DEC)

How to decrease in half double crochet when working in rows and different things you can do with this stitch ...
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Increasing In Half Double Crochet When Working In Rows (HDC INC)

Learn how to increase in half double crochet and different things you can do with this stitch ...
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Decreasing In Half Double Crochet When Working In Rounds (HDC DEC or HDC2TOG)

Learn how to decrease in half double crochet when working in the round ...
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Increasing In Half Double Crochet When Working In Rounds (HDC INC)

Learn how to increase in half double crochet when working in the round ...
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Extended Half Double Crochet (EHDC)

This tutorial will show you how to make the extended half double crochet when is a taller half double crochet ...
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Half Double Crochet Into A Center Ring

This tutorial will show you how to half double crochet into a center ring. This technique is used a lot ...
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Creating A Vertical Ribbing In Half Double Crochet With Post Stitches

Using front post double crochet (FPDC), this tutorial will show you how to create a vertical ribbing in your half ...
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Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC)

Learn how to make a foundation half double crochet. This technique eliminates the foundation chain and instead combines the foundation ...
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Foundation Half Double Crochet Join In The Round

This tutorial will show you how to join your foundation half double crochet in the round without having to use ...
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Jogless Stripes in Half Double Crochet When Working In Spirals

If you love working your half double crochet projects in spirals, but are afraid to change colors because of those ...
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How To Change Color In Half Double Crochet

Basic tutorial on how to change color when working in half double crochet ...
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23 Comments

  • Chris Brunell

    Hello hope you can help. I am struggling with these instructions. (2hdcHdc in next two stitches) x’s 3?

    • Deja Joy

      Hi there, It sounds like you are going to do 2 HDCs in the next stitch, then you will do one HDC in each of the next 2 stitches. Then repeat that 2 more times for a total of 3 times. This will increase your project by 3 stitches.

  • Betty Easson

    Hi, I have a pattern for Extended HDC cast on and hdc rows. I am having trouble with the second row which reads: Ch3, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, *hdc between next 2 hdc, rep from * across. I cannot figure out the “hdc between next 2 hdc”. Would it be skip 2 and hdc in next stitch? That’s is not how it reads to me though. I feel that I need to hdc in the middle of the next 2 hdc and if that is so, how and where do I put the hook? Thanks.

    • Deja Joy

      Hi there, that is what it sounds like. If the picture of the pattern looks dense, then it sounds like you are supposed to go between the two stitches (think of it as crocheting around a chain, you will actually put your hook between the two stitches and pull up a loop. So don’t work into loops work around them. 🙂 Hopefully that helps.

  • Debby

    Hi, I am stuck…I can crochet but I am expanding my horizons and I need a little help.

    I understand ‘ch 17, 2 sc in 2 ch from hook, sc 12

    I don’t understand ‘hdc 2. work 4 hdc, 4 dc in last ch’

    I run out of stitches to complete the first side of round 1.

    Thanx,

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, from those instructions I’m getting that you will have 16 sts total to work into (you are skipping the 1st CH and working into the 2nd). So you are performing 2 scs in the 2nd ch, then you will sc in the next 12 sts (13 total so far), then you will HDC 2 times in next st (14 total), then it’s confusing because the work 4 HDC is written differently from the rest, but I think you are supposed work 4 in the next ST (15 total) then work 4 DC in the last CH (16 total). The instructions are not written very clearly, but that is about the only thing that makes sense.

      The other option is the “hdc 2, work 4 hdc, 4 dc in last ch” could be work one hdc in the next 2 sts, then in the last ch you put all the 4 hdc and 4 dc in there. So the way I would write it is: HDC in next 2 STS, (HDC 4 times, DC 4 times) all in last CH.

      Not sure which one is the correct one. Are you able to contact the designer?

      • Debby

        Thank You! I followed your directions (a couple of times) but it worked! I was unable to contact the designer so I appreciate your help. Thanx Again!

  • Maria

    Hello, need help am stuck in this section:
    Row 3. chain 2 *hdc 2, 2hdc in next*
    I will appreciate your guidance.

    Thank you

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, it could mean a couple of things. IF they are back to back like: 2 HDC, HDC 2, it most likely means make 2 HDCs in next ST, then make a HDC in next 2 STS. Or if it is by itself and you see it in two different patterns then it could be just make a HDC in next 2 STS and it’s just being written in a different order. If you could give me more of the instructions I can give a more definitive answer.

  • Jan Zurovec

    I’ve gotten to approx. row 5 or 6 several times and end up with a really big, bulky start that looks nothing like the picture. I think row 3 is where I’m getting hung up: (RND 3: [HDC 2 times in next ST, HDC] 8 times. 24 STS). Does this mean I should end up with 3 HDC’s in each of my 8 holes to make the 24 STS? I’ve tried to find a tutorial on reading patterns, as I’m a beginner, but can’t find one. Thanks for guidance!

    • Deja Jetmir

      So on RND 3 and all the next RNDs of increasing, you will treat the brackets as a group of stitches and the comma shows where you move on to the next ST. So the [HDC 2 times, HDC] means to HDC 2 times in one stitch, then move to the next ST and HDC in that ST. The 8 times after the bracket lets you know you will repeat those stitches 8 times around. So HDC 2 times in one ST and then HDC in the next. You had 16 STS from the previous round and by increasing by 8 in RND 3 you will be up to 24. This will also keep the bottom a round shape. If you didn’t space out the increases evenly, you will get a big bump on one side. 🙂

      • Jan Zurovec

        Thanks for the quick reply! How do I know when to chain 2? With the four strands of yarn, and so much bulk, I feel like I need to add the chain 2’s, but I’m not sure if I add them at the end of each set of brackets, or not at all??? Thanks again. You must have a lot of patience!!

      • Joan Reed

        Thank you so much; my understanding has always been that everything within a bracket is repeated by the number following the bracket. Therefore, I was getting too many stitches.

  • Debbie

    On the owl basket, when it says hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts. Are you suppose to work the hdc in the same st as the hdc2tog or in the next st.
    Thank You

  • Sue

    I thought I was doing so well, but are you supposed to go into both sides of the stitch when you are half double crocheting, or just 1 side? I am doing the owl basket, and having a very hard time keeping up with all the stitches, and now I am 4 stitches short going into the 1/2 double crochet 2 together. Please help!

    • crocheteverafter

      You can keep going the four stitches won’t make a big different. You will just have a 60 ST around basket instead of 64. It will be about 2″ smaller in circumference. 🙂

  • Jan Rubino

    I am working on the owl basket, along with a friend….what fun! I’m reading ahead, and trying to understand the HDC2TOG. I am not seeing a tutorial for that. Can you explain? Thanks so much. I love this project!

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