Forked Half Double Crochet Stitch by Janice |Published 1-16-2024
The Forked Half Double Crochet is a versatile crochet stitch that is attractive, sturdy, and easy to master. This crochet stitch might sound a bit complicated, but it’s surprisingly quite straightforward and provides a unique texture to the work.
The stitch is called "forked" because it involves crocheting into two stitches simultaneously, creating a forked effect in the fabric. This adds a distinctive dimension to the product that other crochet stitches don't consistently replicate.
To achieve the forked half double crochet, you'll yarn over, insert the hook into the stitch, yarn over again, and pull through, then move over to the next stitch to continue the routine. This stitch works up a dense, cozy fabric, making it fantastic for creating items like Afghans, scarves, and hats.
The forked half double crochet stitch is a great way to add texture to your crochet projects and add thickness, providing extra warmth for those cold winter months.
This pattern creates a thick, textured, yet drapey fabric that would be great for a blanket, placemats, dishcloths, cup cozy, or other projects requiring a slightly thicker material than you might expect in the traditional half double crochet stitch.
Forked Half Double Crochet, abbreviated Fhdc, is an easy one-row repeat that you work over two stitches. The blue swatch also includes a row of single crochet between the rows of forked half double crochet stitches.
Fhdc – forked half double crochet
Ch – chain
St(s) - Stitch, stitches
Make a chain of any number of chains plus two for the turning chain.
Yarn over and insert the hook into the first stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. (3 loops on the hook)
With the three loops on the hook, yarn over and insert the hook into the next stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. (5 loops on hook)
Yarn over and pull through 3 loops, yarn over and pull through 3 loops. (1 loop on hook).
To begin the second stitch, insert the hook into the same space as the previous stitch. Work the second forked half double crochet stitch as described above, beginning with step 2
If you prefer to learn this stitch and create a helpful product simultaneously, consider making this beautiful washcloth.
14 sts + 12 rows = 4 inch in pattern including a row of single crochet stitches worked between each row of forked half double crochet. Gauge is not important for this pattern.
8.5 x 8.5 inches (approximately 21 cm square)
Row 1: Single crochet in second chain from stitch. Single crochet in each additional chain across row. Chain 2, turn.
Row 2: Work your first forked half double crochet: Yarn over and insert hook into second single crochet from hook. Pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and insert hook into next single crochet stitch. Pull up a loop. (5 loops on hook.). Yarn over and pull through three loops, Yarn over and pull through three loops.
NEXT STITCH: Yarn over and insert hook into the same single crochet as the stitch you just made and pull up a loop. (3 loops). Yarn over and pull up a loop, insert hook into the next single crochet stitch and pull up a loop (5 loops) Yarn over and pull through 3 loops, yarn over and pull through 3 loops. Continue in this way across the row.
Row 3: Single crochet in each forked half double crochet across row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach your desired length.
If you'd like to add a border to give your washcloth a finished look, do not cut the yarn when you finish your last row (above).
On both ends, you will work one single crochet in each stitch.
In each corner, work two single crochet stitches, one chain, and then two more single crochet stitches all in the same stitch.
On both sides, work one single stitch into the edge of each half double crochet and one single crochet stitch into the edge of each single crochet. Fasten off and weave in ends.
This stitch might have initially seemed challenging if you are new to crocheting. But as you have seen, mastery only comes with repetition, like any skill.
Don't be afraid to
try this stitch in different patterns, creating beautiful, thick crochet
pieces. As you move forward, you can incorporate the forked half double crochet
into larger projects, combining it with other stitches to achieve fun and exciting
designs. Happy crocheting!