Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Washcloth

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The Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch creates a beautiful reversible fabric. This crochet stitch is much easier to master than you may think and I have included a video tutorial to show you exactly where to place your hook! This month’s scarf and hat of the month will also be using the Back Crossed HDC Stitch so be sure to pop back later this month for those additional free crochet patterns too!

The Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch creates a beautiful reversible fabric. This crochet stitch is much easier to master than you may think and I have included a video tutorial to show you exactly where to place your hook!

For this month’s Washcloth of the Month Club project I used 1 ball of Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton that was sent to me King Cole Yarn and a 5 mm (H) crochet hook. This yarn is a blend of 85% Cotton and 15% Polyester. Each 100 g ball contains approximately 175 yards (160 meters). You will need one ball of this yarn for today’s project. I love using Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton for my washcloths because it is an affordable and available in a number of bright colors. There are currently 8 colors available and you can see them all here. I see a new GREEN that I must order for Christmas!

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Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Washcloth Pattern on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/back-crossed-hdc-washcloth

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The washcloth pattern below is written to make a 12 X 12 inch project, but you can make your project to any size you wish with the stitch multiple I have included in the pattern.

Both a photo tutorial and video tutorial are included below.

Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Washcloth Pattern

Supplies

  • Yarn: King Cole Big Value Recycled Dish Cloth Cotton (check your local yarn shop here). 3.52 oz (100 g) and 175 yds (160 m). 85% Cotton, 15% Polyester. Worsted Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash at 30°C. Dry flat. Warm iron.
  • Color: 1 skein Cranberry (Shade: 5062)
  • Crochet Hook: 5 mm (H) Prym
  • Finished Project: Washcloth: 3.24 oz (92 g) and 161 yds (147 m)
  • Scissors, Tapestry Needle (yarn needle)

Difficulty Level

  • Easy

Finished Sizes

  • Washcloth width approximately 12 inches X 12 inches length.

Gauge

  • Approximately 8 BXhdc per 2 inches and 5 rows worked in BXhdc per 2 inches using a 5 mm (H) crochet hook

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

  • BXhdc – Back Crossed Half Double Crochet (*see special stitches)
  • ch(s) – chain(s) 
  • g – grams
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • m – meters
  • oz – ounces
  • R – row
  • rem – remaining
  • rep – repeat 
  • sk – skip/skipped
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • yds – yards
  • * to ** – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
  • [ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
  • ( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Special Stitches

Back Crossed Half Double Crochet

See the Row by Row Photos at the end of the post for a visual!

Watch the video on YouTube here.

  • Skip the next st, yarn over your hook and insert your hook into the next st, yarn over and pull up 1 loop, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over your hook and insert your hook behind the stitch you just worked and into the skipped st (from the front to the back through the top two loops of the stitch), yarn over and pull up 1 loop, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.

Helpful Tutorial

Notes:

  • Stitch multiple of 2 + 1 for the turning chain
  • Reversible
  • Ch 2 counts as 1 hdc and we do not work into the stitch beneath it.
  • When I work into the foundation chain, I prefer working into the back bar (back bump) of the chain. You can work under the back loop only if you prefer.
  • To make this washcloth longer, work more rows.
  • To make this washcloth wider, chain more stitches using the stitch multiple. 
  • The BXhdc is worked over 2 stitches
  • Add the Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Washcloth Pattern to your Ravelry library here.
Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Washcloth

This project is crocheted widthwise in rows.

Using your 5 mm (H) crochet hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 51, sk the first 2 chs (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each rem ch across. Turn. [50 hdc]

R2-R28: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), BXhdc across to the last st. 1 hdc in the last st. Turn. [2 hdc, 25 BXhdc]

R29: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each st across. [50 hdc]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions:

  • Finish off and weave in ends.

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Row by Row Photos for the Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Washcloth

1 Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial 1
2 Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial 2
3 Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial 3
4 Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial 4
How to Crochet the Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch To Any Size

You can make your project to any size you wish with the stitch multiple. Simply chain an even number of chains to the width you want for your project, then chain 1 extra chain. Follow the instructions below.

Row 1: Ch an even number of chains, plus 1 chain. Sk the first 2 chs (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each rem ch across. Turn. 

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), BXhdc across to the last st. 1 hdc in the last st. Turn. 

Repeat Row 2 for the pattern.

Finish with and ODD numbered row.

Last Row: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each st across. 

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Learn how to make the Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch – it’s not just beautiful, it’s also fully reversible. Don’t worry if you’re a novice – this stitch is nowhere near as challenging as it sounds! A detailed video tutorial is included to guide you through, making sure you know exactly where to put your hook for the ideal results. As a fan of crochet, you won’t want to miss out on this new crochet stitch!

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