A Half Step Back

Updated: Jun 4

HELLO EVERYONE!

Today’s post is another standard crochet stitch. This one, isn’t used as often as the others, that’s why I chose to do this one last, because I highly doubt many crochet projects will use this one. It’s actually only essential when you’re making a curve for a flower, or a mandala, or if the pattern requires a curved or pointed edge in the pattern.

I’m talking about the Half-Double Crochet. If you haven’t already guessed by now, it’s literally the double crochet, but it misses out the last step, because the first step pulls through all the loops. For those of you who guessed that, that’s great! For those of you who didn’t, here’s how you do it!


Tutorial Time!

So, let’s take it from the top. If you’re working on a foundation chain, you’re looking at the third chain from your hook, but before you insert the hook into that chain, you need to yarn over. Loop the yarn over your needle…


Do you see the third chain from your hook?



Insert your needle into that chain.



Yarn over again.



Bring the hook back through the chain, with the yarn.



Now, you should have three loops on your hook:



One for the yarn you brought through the stitch.



One for that yarn over you did at the beginning.



One for the loop you had already, from the foundation chain.



Great! Now, yarn over once more.



Bring it through all three loops on your hook.



And that, my friends, is a half-double crochet.


The reason why it’s called a half-double crochet, is because it is the same process as making a double crochet, but instead of pulling through two loops at a time, you are pulling through all three loops.



Ok, so, let’s do that again, but this time, on a pre-existing row. So, if you already have a row of stitches, you just need to continue on, like when you’re doing a row of double crochets. Here, let me show you.


First, you start with making two chains.



Then you follow the steps above! So, you loop the yarn over the hook.



Insert your hook into the next stitch (not the one where your chain is sprouting from).



Loop the yarn over your hook again.



Bring the hook and yarn back through the stitch.



Loop the yarn once more.



Bring that yarn through all three loops on your chain!



That’s it!


How Easy Was That?

Now, as usual, it’s time for the abbreviation. For the Half-Double Crochet, you’ve probably guessed it, the abbreviation is:


HDC


Ok, so, as I said, this stitch isn’t as popular as the Single Crochet (SC), the Double Crochet (DC) or the Treble Crochet (TR), but it’s still used when you’re making a project, especially when you’re making lace, or floral patterns. It’s a transition stitch.

Alright, what do you mean by transition stitch? Think of it this way. Have you seen a crocheted lacey doily? Are there curved patterns there? Those curves are made with SCs, DCs, TRs and yes, HDCs (you see how I’m using the abbreviations here? It makes it easier to type). It’s the same with those triangular shapes to. Depending on how steep you want the curve, or how pointed you want those triangles, you need to use the HDC to transition from a SC to a DC.


Try This Out

Here, try out this pattern:


Chain 10.


In second chain from hook, SC.


SC in all chains. Turn.


Chain 4.


Miss turning stitch and next stitch.


In the next stitch SC.


*Chain 4. Miss next stitch. SC in next stitch.**


Repeat from * to ** until last SC is worked in the last stitch. Turn


Chain 1. In the first Ch-4 space, and all Ch-4 spaces after, work 1SC, 1HDC, 1DC, 1TR, 1DC, 1HDC, 1SC. If you didn’t get that, that meant 1 Single Crochet, 1 Half-Double Crochet, 1 Double Crochet, 1 Treble Crochet, 1 Double Crochet, 1 Half-Double Crochet, and 1 Single Crochet, in that order. Fasten off.


There you have it, a curving pattern! Now, you’re ready for any flower or lace pattern that comes your way. Although, I do have one thing to say about these patterns. They are a bit fiddly, and you’ll lose your grip every now and then, so don’t worry if you miss a step, you can always pull out the stitches you’ve made and start again.

That’s it from me today, as always, keep practicing, you won’t be a master at anything, if you don’t keep practicing. I better see some examples on my social media! Well, I’ll see you guys next time. I’ll probably try teaching you one of those extra special stitches. Until then, keep practicing!


With love,


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