Half Double Crochet Tutorial:

Today I will be doing a tutorial on the third stitch I teach in my “Crochet 101” class even though there will be no class this week since we will be celebrating Independence Day, here in the United States of America.

The half double crochet (hdd) is an in-between stitch; it falls between the single crochet and the double crochet in height. It is also the only basic stitch in which you yarn over and draw through three loops instead of two. It produces a nice thick, tightly woven pattern that produces a heavy warm crochet piece.

In the next few weeks I will be teaching the basic stitches and with each new stitch you will discover that each will be slightly taller than the week before. For example, the first week was the chain stitch-then the single crochet and this week is the half double crochet. With each heightened stitch you will notice that to gain that height a chain stitch is added at the beginning of the row. For example – for a single crochet you would chain one, for a half double, you would chain two, for a double you would chain three and with a treble you would crochet four. I know, I am getting ahead of myself we have not discuss the double crochet and treble. I just wanted to give the general ideal.

Let’s get back to the subject at hand. Are you ready to learn the half double crochet? Stop reading right here, go and get your yarn and hook and let’s get busy crocheting.

Half Double Crochet Tutorial:

Crochet 27 loosely.

Note: Remember when you are crocheting, to always work in the front of your chain stitch; the side with the other is in the appearance of a tear drops.


Step 1: Yarn over and insert hook into the third chain from hook.

Note: Remember you never count the slip knot or the chain on the hook when counting the chains.


Step 2: Yarn over and draw thru the stitch.



You should have 3 loops on your hook.


Step 3: Yarn over and draw thru all 3 loops on hook – you have just made your first half double crochet.

Now work the same stitch across – ending with 25 half double crochets.


To begin a new row, chain 2 (this is called the turning chain), turn your work, then skipping the first stitch of the row directly below the turning chain,


Insert your hook into the second stitch.


Repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete the half double stitch.

Work across and you should have 25 half double.

Note: Remember that the turning chain (the chain 2) counts as your first stitch when counting.

I hope you’re enjoying working this stitch, remember that with every new thing you will learn, can only be perfected through practice, practice and more practice.

Have a wonderful Independence Day! – Spend some time with your family and friends, and until next week keep those hooks flying.




About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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