I’m back today with the last installment in my Crochet 101 series.
**April 2021 Update: I will be adding three additional tutorials to this series, so stay tuned!
In light of the coming new year, and the fact that many like to learn new skills as a resolution, I thought, why not do a beginner’s crochet series of tutorials? I mean, who doesn’t love a good how-to, right?
Every Tuesday for the last few weeks, I’ve posted a new beginner-friendly video tutorial, because I don’t know about you, but I learn best from videos!
Here’s a list of the tutorials I’ve introduced so far, along with today’s topic!
- Getting Started with Crochet: Slip Knots, Chain Stitch (ch), + Common Terms
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Treble Crochet (tr)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Finishing Touches
In each of these videos, I take a deep dive into common crochet terms, how to work a particular stitch or technique, and the structure, or anatomy as I like to call it, of those stitches.
Half Double Crochet
Last week, we learned how to double crochet. In this installment, I will show you how to work a half double crochet! In order to be able to half double crochet, it is helpful to be familiar with how to both single and double crochet, which was covered in the second installment and third installment, respectively.
Aside from all the stitch names, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the basic terms associated with crocheting. You will see these terms in the photos that follow as well as defined for you below. They are also covered in the videos. I’ll be adding to this list of terms each week as we cover additional material.
Yarn Tail or Yarn End: the literal end of your yarn
Working Yarn: the part of the yarn that feeds directly from the skein (pronounced skane), ball, or cake
Working Loop(s): generally refers to the single loop on a crochet hook between stitches, but can also mean the loops on your hook as you are in the middle of working a stitch
Yarn Over (abbreviated as ‘yo’): the act of wrapping the working yarn over your hook from the back to the front
Top ‘V’: references the top view of a stitch, which looks like a ‘V’
Back Bump: the bottom loop of yarn in a chain stitch, opposite the Top ‘V’
Tension: how tightly or how loosely you work your stitches.
Chain Stitch (abbreviated as ‘ch’): yarn over, pull through working loop
Pull Up a Loop: the act of pulling a yarn over of working yarn through a stitch and up to add an additional working loop to your hook.
Single Crochet (abbreviated as ‘sc’): insert hook into the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop so that you have two working loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.
Double Crochet (abbreviated as ‘dc’): yarn over, insert hook into the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop so that you have three working loops on your hook; yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook; yarn over and pull through both remaining loops on your hook.
Post: the vertical aspect of a stitch.
Half Double Crochet (abbreviated as ‘hdc’): yarn over, insert hook into the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop so that you have three working loops on your hook; yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook.
The full video tutorial can be watched from start to finish here.
While much of what I talk about is really best shown to you in a video, I thought it might be beneficial to supplement the video with some photos as well.
PRO TIP: begin each new row of half double crochet with a one or a series of 2 chain stitches. This allows for the height of a row of half double crochet because a half double crochet stitch’s height is roughly equivalent to 1 or 2 chain stitches depending on your tension. The ch-1 or ch-2 will not count as a stitch in your pattern.
How’d You Do?
You did it! You are crocheting! Woohoo! Keep practicing this stitch and work on that tension, aiming for evenly sized stitches. Want to make a project of your practicing? How about a simple hat? The unique structure of the half double crochet makes for a fun look! Grab some soft yarn like this, this, or this (chunkier yarns work up faster and help you to see your stitches better), then work up a rectangle in half double crochet roughly 8 – 12″ wide (the wider the rectangle, the slouchier your hat will be) x approximately [head circumference – 2″] long. Sew the short sides together and cinch one of the ends together, and voila!
I hope you enjoyed this series, and if there is anything you’d like to see a tutorial on, please let me know! Any questions or requests, please drop them in the comments below!
Until next time!
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