Half Double Crochet Three Together (Hdc3tog)
The half double crochet three together (Hdc3tog) crochet method is a HDC crochet decrease that may seem challenging at first, but it’s well worth the time and effort to learn. Also referred to as the 3 HDC together or the HDC 3 together, this technique can help you reduce the number of stitches you’re working with in order to shape up a project or to form a pattern. It’s especially useful in applications where you want to create a tapered top, such as with a hat.
[Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over (Figure 1) and pull up loop (Figure 2)] 3 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (Figure 3)—2 stitches decreased (Figure 4).
With this guide, you’ll learn how to half double crochet decrease so that you can add a beautiful, professional look to all of your crocheting patterns. Once you’ve become an expert on the Hdc3tog, make sure to check out products that utilize this stitch to put your skills to the test!
This technique among others is used to create decreases in crochet to eliminate one or more stitches; in this case you will be decreasing two stitches from your count. An external decrease is worked at the beginning or end of a row, at the side edge. Internal decreases, like half double crochet three together, are worked within the row. Generally you’ll find decrease instructions in an individual pattern to suite the particular stitch being worked, but here are the basics on how to half double crochet three together.
You can also find instructions in Interweave’s crochet glossary for similar techniques including: