half double crochet stitch start of second row

Learn to Crochet Series Part 3: Half Double Crochet / Half Treble Crochet Stitch

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This is part of a whole series dedicated to learn to crochet. You can see all the tutorials and articles here. If you are using US terms then this tutorial will show you half double crochet and if you are using UK terms this tutorial will show you half treble crochet. It is so confusing that we use different terms but we have to get on with it.

This stitch is a great medium sized crochet stitch and is well used in many projects. It allows for a change in height of stitches without getting very large and giving a lacy effect.

This article includes video tutorials for this stitch using both UK and US terms. Take your pick!

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You will need:

  • Crochet hook – correct size for chosen project (I use ergonomic hooks)
  • Yarn -use any that you have or have chosen for your project
  • Scissors

Video Tutorial for Half Double Crochet Stitch – US Terms

Video Tutorial for Half Treble Crochet Stitch – UK Terms

Step 1 – Preparation

As this is a part of a learn to crochet series I am assuming that you can make a slip knot and chain stitch. If you need help with this then check out my chain stitch tutorial.

You need to chain as many stitches as your pattern calls for or about 10 or 15 if you are just producing a test piece to practice. Focus on keeping your stitches even in size and not too tight or you may have trouble getting your hook through them.

Step 2: Forming a Half Double Crochet Stitch (half treble crochet)

The first action is to take your yarn around the hook (yrh) before anything else. This will bring your yarn to the front of the hook.

half double crochet stitch start

Then count down your chain stitches from the hook. Insert the hook into the third chain from the hook.

Wrap your yarn around the hook again and pull it back through the chain. You should now have 3 loops on the hook. The first one is the yarn round hook that you just made, the second one is the first yarn round hook that you made and the third one is the original chain stitch loop that was on the hook.

half double crochet stitch first step

Wrap the yarn around the hook again and then pull it through all 3 loops on the hook. It can help to turn the hook downwards to draw it through the loops. This action will become smoother as you practice.

You have completed a half double crochet stitch (half treble crochet stitch). It is roughly twice the height of the single crochet (double crochet) stitch. If you need help on doing that stitch then check out this tutorial.

Keep working along your chain until you reach the end. This is the hardest row so persevere and remember it will get easier!

Step 3: Starting Another Row

Once you have completed your first row turn your work so that the yarn is at the beginning of the second row. Start your row by doing 2 chain stitches. These count as the first stitch of the row!

half double crochet stitch start of second row

You are now going to work a new row of half double crochet (half treble crochet) stitches into the top of the first row. You start into the second stitch of the row below. This is shown by the arrow in the picture above. Work along the row.

At the end of the row you must work a stitch into the top chain of the turning chain from the previous row.

half double crochet end of row

As you start crocheting it is a good idea to count your stitches to make sure you are not doing shorter or longer rows.

Remember that your turning chain counts as the first stitch. You must do the first half double crochet (half treble crochet) stitch into the second stitch from the row below and you must do a stitch into the top chain of the turning chain at the end of the row.

You should be able to keep the same number of stitches in each row. If you are having any problems simply ask in the comments below and I will try to help you.

Crochet Tips

  • Practice makes perfect! Don’t be discouraged if your first attempts aren’t flawless (they won’t be). Keep practicing, and you’ll soon find your rhythm and groove.
  • Tension is key! Aim for stitches that are consistent and not too loose or tight. Consistency is more important than a particular tension.
  • Ergonomic crochet hooks are the key to being able to relax and enjoy crocheting for longer periods of time (in my opinion).
  • Most importantly, have fun! Crocheting should be a joyful and relaxing experience. So, grab your yarn and hook, unleash your creativity, and embrace the magic of crocheting!

So, What Next?

This tutorial is part of a learn to crochet series so if you want any help at all simply visit my entire crochet collection.

If you are looking for a project to try how about some cute hearts or wash cloths? The pattern for the wash cloths is available for free by signing up to my newsletter at the top of the page or here.

Or perhaps you would like to try a circular rug. It is not as difficult as it sounds. I made mine with yarn made from old t-shirts so it was completely free.

Enjoy your crocheting!

half treble crochet pin

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