Half double crochet (hdc)

If you are starting a new pattern you'll begin by making a foundation chain. Chain the number of stitches you want for your hdc row plus two. So, if you want a row of five hdc stitches you want to begin with seven chains. You will skip the first two chains, which count as your turning chains, and follow the steps below:

Yarn over, insert hook in third chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over (Figure 1) and draw through all loops on hook (Figure 2). *Yarn over, insert hook in next chain, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over (Figure 1) and draw through all loops on hook (Figure 2); repeat from *.

For subsequent rows:

Chain two and turn to begin next row. *Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over (Figure 1) and draw through all loops on hook (Figure 2); repeat from *.

You can also get a visual look at the half double crochet stitch by watching this video; the hdc technique is covered about 1:55 into the video:

 


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