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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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  • Nastija

    Hi! I’m relitevely new to crochet, but i have this pattern for a bucket hat and I am struggiling to understand what exactly i should be doing.

    Ch1,(Inc) x8,ss
    Ch1,(1hd, inc) x8,ss
    (same for next few rows, hdc increasing by 1 each row up to 6 hdc inc)

    I’m not sure if for the first one I increase with single crochet or hdc

    • Deja Joy

      Hi there, usually when it is an increase with a multiple of eight, it will be half double crochet. Single crochets are increased in multiples of six. That is not a very well written pattern. It looks like it is written for people who are already familiar with increasing in half double. But usually, as you work in the round, you will add one extra stitch in between each increase as your rounds increase.

    • Deja Joy

      Copy and paste the Rnd 3 instructions for me. I was thinking the IN was and increase, but maybe you are just HDC in the previous HDC. Want to give you the right info. πŸ™‚

      • Deborah Haney

        Hey Deja Joy,
        I figured it out! And I gave you incorrect info. Rnd 2 was actually Cross St. (working around a hdc with another hdc in the previous stitch). So in Rnd three I was working in the top of crossed hdc’s. It seemed so confusing at first but finally became obvious to me.
        Thank you for your willingness to help me!

  • Deborah Haney

    I just finished Rnd 2 of the 1st strip of a baby aphgan, all hdc. Rnd 3 calls for stitching a hdc IN a hdc. How do I do this?

    • Deja Joy

      It sounds like you will be doing 2 half double crochets in each stitch that it calls for. That would be the same as instructions that say HDC 2 times in next ST. Hopefully that helps. πŸ™‚

      • Lyn Fletcher

        I am crocheting a beanie and I’m not sure what the following means. Can you please help. The Row calls for *hdc2, 2hdc*. Many thanks Lyn

    • Deja Joy

      Hi there, You are increasing on that round. So you will do 2 half double crochets in your next stitch, then you will half double crochet in the next 5 stiches. You will repeat that around and then if there are any stitches leftover at the end, half double crochet into those.:)


    Hello Deja, I am working on a crochet pattern, instruction* hdc-inc, hdc in the next st, rep from * 7 more times (24 hdc) does it mean hdc-inc in st, 1 hdc in next st, hdc-inc in the next, 1 hdc in next st, repeat around. Is that 7
    More rows like that?

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, you will make 2 HDCs in the next st, then 1 HDC in the stitch after. Do that a total of 8 times, which makes 3 stitches x 8 times = 24 sts. Hopefully that helps. πŸ™‚

    • Rahima

      *2hdc, hdc next 5 sts; repeat from * around, hdc in any remaining sts

      Would u like to describe this pattern? I will be very glad ❀️


    Hello Deja Joy I have the Owl basket pattern and I would like some help please. Are the rows joined by a slip stitch and then two chain to start the next row and will that make a line up the basket.

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