Crochet Next Steps: Half Double Crochet


Welcome to Crochet University!

Over the course of 12 blog posts we will introduce you to the basics you need to know for most any crochet project. From a slip knot to a treble crochet, you’ll learn all of the basic stitches and concepts.

For Crochet University you will need some basic supplies. To begin, we’re going to be using Macra-Made super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. The advantage of using a bulky weight yarn to begin with is that the loops and stitches are much more easily visible as you’re learning.


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You will also need an easy-to-use crochet hook. We recommend Dreamz Crochet Hooks. Dreamz hooks are designed by people who know and understand the art of crochet. All hooks have grooves that stitch slippage, making life a bit easier for beginning crocheters. Dreamz hooks have a polished wood surface that insures effortless glide – they work with every type of material.

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Lesson 7: Half Double Crochet


The Half Double Crochet (hdc) is a stitch that eliminates one step in the double crochet stitch. The result is a stitch that is half as tall as the double crochet.

Work the half double crochet with a yo, insert hk into the st and draw yarn through the st so there are

3 lps on the hk. Hook the yarn and draw it through all 3 lps to complete the stitch. Repeat these steps for each hdc in the row. Ch 2 at the end of the row before turning to complete the next row of hdc stitches.

Watch the Right-Handed Video Lesson: 


Watch the Left-Handed Video Lesson:  


One of the first projects many new crocheters complete is a basic scarf. If you’re ready to go a little bit further then it is time to learn a new stitch and create some fun crochet items. With Mary Nolfi’s fresh approach in  Learn-A-Stitch Create-A-Scarf, you can create a marvelous muffler, scarves, and even a shawl, at the same time you experience the fun of learning new pattern stitches.


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Maggie is excited to bring you Crochet University: Second Semester. Lessons for this semester are: Half-Double Crochet, Double Crochet, Half-Treble (Triple) Crochet, Treble (Triple) Crochet, Stitch Comparison and Crochet Through the Front and Back Loops.

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  • joanne 10 years ago Reply

    wonderful videos! Very helpful..

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