June 8, 2018

How to Crochet: Basic Stitches

Lesson 2: How to Half Double Crochet

Now that you’ve learned how to get started with a foundation chain and the single crochet stitch let’s continue.  If you have any crochet knowledge already you may be expecting to learn how to double crochet next, but you’ll have wait until Lesson 3.  First, I want to cover it’s cousin the half double crochet stitch.

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The half double crochet stitch, abbreviated “hdc” is less dense than the single crochet, but still makes a solid fabric.  Just like it’s name sounds it’s shorter than the double crochet.  This stitch provides a great building block for stitch patterns and works up quickly.

Skills taught in this tutorial:

• Yarn over (yo)
• Half double crochet into foundation chain
• Half double crochet into stitch
• Working a turning chain ( See the Crochet Turning Chain Chart for reference!)
• Checking your stitch count for accuracy
• Weaving in tails


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Watch the video below to learn how to crochet the Half Double Crochet stitch!

Video tutorial for LEFT-HANDERS!

Go to the next page for Lesson 3: How to Double Crochet

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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    My grandma loves to crochet and I want to learn to. The only thing is that the videos use sound and I need captions.

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    I’d like access to the beginner videos.

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    I love your videos. I took a beginners’ class, so had some basics, but felt like a lot of the extra details were left out. So, although I could do the stitch, I was a little
    frustrated on what to try with them Do you recommend or offer any patterns for beginners???
    Thanks again for offering these videos and sharing your knowledge!
    Carole Peterson

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    Loretta Kindsvater October 20, 2019 at 10:43 am Reply

    I have learned to crochet watching your videos my mom tryed to teach me years ago but she was right handed i was left handed just wanted to say thank you

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    Hi, I am new to crocheting and I have seen the first video for left handed.. single stitch.. I am moving on to the next video.. and hoping to learn granny squares . I seem to have problems with the squares being round and I added an extra chain like I read on a blog to get my corners and I still can’t get it lol. I hope your video helps me.

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    Hi from Scotland!
    I attended the first of two beginners’ crochet classes last Sunday with the second on this coming Sunday. I am so looking forward to it. I was a prolific knitter in my youth but, strangely, I have never crocheted. So now, aged nearly 65, I am starting and found your tuition videos to be perfect for my practising. Thanks so much.
    Best wishes,

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