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Foundation Half Double Crochet

Hi friends!

I’m beginning a series of posts geared toward crochet stitch tutorials. Most of my patterns are beginner friendly, but they definitely cater more toward the advanced beginner…someone who is familiar with the basics and is ready to dip their toe into trying new fun stitches and techniques.

It is my most fervent hope to add to these tutorials as I release patterns that include these more advanced stitches and techniques, and maybe, hopefully, someday, get some videos posted as well. Until that happens, I will link to videos from other bloggers. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, but it does seem that people can view a tutorial on the same stitch but only really GET IT with one of them.

Update 3/3/23: I’ve added a video below for the Fhdc and updated the photos for the tutorial as well! <3

So lets get started, shall we?  The tutorial I’m sharing with you today first appeared in my Basic Crochet Coffee Cozy last year (there’s a free printable insert there for you too if you are interested!).

Foundation half double crochet is a method used to work the starting chain stitches and your first row of half double crochet stitches at the same time.  It has more stretch than the traditional starting chain foundation, which is a big plus, particularly when you’re working with garments.  I also like it because it’s easier to make sure it isn’t twisted if/when it comes time to join into a round.

Video Tutorial

Photo Tutorial

That’s it, my friends! What did you think? For someone who hates chaining (me!!), it’s a wonderful and efficient alternative, and avoids that tight chain foundation at the same time.

If you liked the foundation half double crochet, I’ll be adding more foundation stitch tutorials soon, so stay tuned!

Until next time,


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