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The half double crochet (abbreviated hdc) is kind of an oddball stitch. The half double crochet falls in between a single crochet and a double crochet in height, but instead of working off two loops at a time, you draw the yarn through three loops on the hook. It produces a fairly tight fabric similar to one made with a single crochet stitch:

Do 15 chain stitches.

This step creates the foundation chain.

Chain two more stitches.

These stitches create the turning chain.

Yarn over the hook (yo) and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook.

Yarn over the hook (yo) and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook.

See the illustration.

Yarn over the hook and gently pull the wrapped hook through the center of the chain stitch, carrying the wrapped yarn through the stitch.

Yarn over the hook and gently pull the wrapped hook through the center of the chain stitch, carrying the wrapped yarn through the stitch.

You should have three loops on your hook.

Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through all three loops on your hook.

Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through all three loops on your hook.

See the illustration.

Begin in the next chain of the foundation chain.

Begin in the next chain of the foundation chain.

This step completes a full row of hdc stitches.

Work one hdc stitch in each successive chain across the foundation chain.

You have 16 hdc stitches at the end of Row 1 (counting the turning chain as one hdc stitch).

Turn your work.

You need to turn your work to start Row 2.

Chain two and yarn over the hook (yo).

The two stitches are for the turning chain.

Skipping the first stitch of the row directly below the turning chain, insert your hook in the next stitch.

Skipping the first stitch of the row directly below the turning chain, insert your hook in the next stitch.

Skipping the first stitch maintains a consistent number of stitches per row.

Repeat the preceding steps in each of the next 14 hdc stitches.

Follow the steps from pulling the wrapped hook through the center of the chain stitch to drawing yarn through all three loops.

Work one hdc in the top chain of the previous row’s turning chain.

You should have 16 hdc stitches in Row 2 (counting the turning chain as one hdc).

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Karen Manthey edits crochet diagrams for numerous books, magazines, yarn companies, and designers. Manthey was an editor at All American Crafts for 20 years. Susan Brittain is a knitwear pattern designer and writer.

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