How to Crochet the Half-Hitch Half Double Crochet

For a stitch nerd, getting to meet a new stitch is pretty much the height of excitement. The fresh opportunities! Enticing new textures! And when the new stitch is a variation on your favorite stitch? It’s go time.

In the Winter 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet (available here!), we focus our Back to Basics column on variations of half double crochet. The stitch is used in many innovative ways throughout the issue, but my favorite new one is the half-hitch hdc that Doris Chan uses for her Rugger Sweater. As I mentioned last week, I fell hard and fast for this sweater, and cranked it out in four days. One of the things about it that drew me in was the interesting new use of hdc. I had never worked this variation before, but once I started swatching, I was hooked. The extra piece to the stitch adds a lovely drape, stretch, and warmth to the fabric, and the texture is smooth but interesting. Here are some step-out photos of how this great stitch is worked.

As with a standard hdc, you begin by yarning over, inserting your hook into the next stitch, and pulling a loop through.

You then use your hook to pull the first loop on the neck of the hook thought the second one. Be sure to keep your tension nice and relaxed, or this step will be difficult and will not produce the desired fabric.

To finish the stitch, you yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook. If you look closely at the swatch, you can see where the last four stitches were worked in half-hitch hdc, in contrast to the rest of the swatch which is in standard hdc. The extra wee bump on the front of the stitch is created by the second loop that the first loop was pulled through. It settles down around the neck of that first loop, and gives the stitch its great texture.

Once you’ve worked a few rows of the stitch, the motions become very smooth and it’s easy to work it quickly and without any struggle. I think it’s a great stitch for garments, but would also be perfect for blankets or hats—anything, really, but especially things that need the warmth of a nice substantial stitch.

Happy crocheting! 




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