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How to Crochet: Basic Stitches

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


Friday 13th of November 2020

Nice video for beginners


Sunday 14th of June 2020

My grandma loves to crochet and I want to learn to. The only thing is that the videos use sound and I need captions.

heidi welply

Sunday 29th of March 2020

I’d like access to the beginner videos.

Carole Peterson

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

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

Loretta Kindsvater

Sunday 20th of October 2019

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