Beginner Crochet: Lesson 3: Learn to Crochet – Half Double Crochet

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Welcome Back! Thank you for following along with our Tutorial Thursday Series. In Lesson 3: Beginner Crochet you will learn how to make a Half Double Crochet Stitch.

This week I thought I would continue walking you through the basic crochet stitches and demonstrate how to crochet the half double crochet stitch. To view this video tutorial on YouTube in 1080 p HD, please click HERE.

For a refresher of how to make your starting chain please view:

Stitch Anatomy – The Starting Chain

Beginner Crochet: Lesson 2: Learn to Crochet – Single Crochet Stitch

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How to Crochet the Half Double Crochet Stitch


Tip: Unless the pattern instructions you are following indicate otherwise, the half double crochet stitch is worked under both loops of the stitch (i.e. the front and back loops).

For those of you who prefer photo tutorial instructions,

please see below:

Half Double Crochet Stitch

Half Double Crochet (hdc): Yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the specified stitch; yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop. You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over the hook and draw through all three loops on the hook.

Things to Remember:

  • Ch 2 is used to build some height at the beginning of the row to make your hook be at the correct height to start crocheting the hdc
  • Ch 2 is counted as a stitch for half double crochet – this means you do not work into the stitch at the base of the ch 2
  • I recommend you use a stitch marker to mark the place of the ch 2. This will help remind you it counts as a stitch and you need to work into it and it will remind you not to work into the base of the ch 2.
  • If when you count your stitches at the end of the row and you have 1 too many stitches, it is likely you worked into the stitch at the base of the ch 2.
  • If you count your stitches at the end of the row and you are missing 1 stitch, it is likely you did not work into the top of the ch 2.
  • When you work into the ch 2, be sure to work beneath at least 1 loop of the ch. Do not work into the space between the last hdc and the ch 2. It will cause large holes to be left on the edges of your project.


Step 1: Yarn over the hook. Insert your hook into the specified stitch (under both loops of the stitch unless otherwise indicated).

21 Stitch Tutorials: sc, hdc and dc @OombawkaDesign

Step 2: Yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop (3 loops on the hook).

21 Stitch Tutorials: sc, hdc and dc @OombawkaDesign

Step 3: Yarn over the hook.

Stitch Tutorials: sc, hdc and dc @OombawkaDesign

Step 4: Pull through all three loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

Stitch Tutorials: sc, hdc and dc @OombawkaDesign

Helpful Tip:

US Crochet Term: Half Double Crochet (Abbreviated: hdc)
UK Crochet Term: half treble crochet (htr)
German Crochet Term: Halbes Stabchen (h.Stb)
Dutch Crochet Term: Half Stokje ( hstk / / hs)
Spanish Crochet Term: punto alto  / medio punto alto (pa / mpa)
Danish Crochet Term: halvstangmaske (hstm / hstgm)
French Crochet Term: demi-bride (demi-br / db)
Italian Crochet Term: mezza maglia alta
Polish Crochet Term: polslupek nawijany (psl. nawijany)
Portuguese Crochet Term: meio ponto alto (m.p.a.)
Finnish Crochet Term: Puolipylvas
Russian Crochet Term: HDC RUSSIAN TERMS

For a handy printable table with all the basic terms please see this post: Basic Crochet Terms Translated

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful!

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Crochet Hook pictured in the video: 5.5 mm (I) {Furls Hollywood}


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