The Versatile Half-Double Crochet


It's been a little while since I have visited the seemingly humble half-double crochet. This easy crochet stitch is rarely given its full due, but it's a fast and easy stitch that is fun to work. And in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2015 issue I was reminded that you can work even the humble half-double crochet in a variety of ways to create multiple stitch textures. I am especially in love with the half-double crochet in the horizontal bar used on the Hawksbill Turtleneck by Jill Hanratty (at right).

Here is Interweave Crochet's project editor Sarah Read to share with us two of the half-double crochet stitches used in the latest issue.

Two New Ways to See the Half-Double Crochet

The half-double crochet is often overlooked in favor of its leggier sister, the double crochet, and its baby sister, single crochet. But this middle stitch has the capacity to produce really fabulous fabric. Something about that extra loop produces a mysterious fabric that can look almost woven-and it doesn't have the gaps of the double crochet or the density of single-crochet fabric. Designers in this issue have explored innovative ways to work with half-double crochet.

Here's a look at how to do some of these special half-double

Half Double Crochet in Horizontal Bar

YO, insert hook from bottom to top under horizontal strand below top loops of indicated stitch.  

YO and pull up a loop. YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook (back view shown).


Half-Hitch Half Double Crochet

YO, insert hook in indicated stitch. YO and pull up a loop. Draw last loop through the next loop on the hook.   YO and draw through remaining two loops on the hook.
— Sarah

Sarah shares two more ways of working the no longer humble half-double crochet stitch in Interweave Crochet Winter 2015, and there are plenty of amazing projects that utilize this wonderful stitch.

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Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have a favorite stitch? Share it in the comments.

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