20 Half Double Crochet Stitch Variations

Half Double Crochet Stitch Variations  by Janice Jones  

The half-double crochet stitch is one of those basic stitches that beginning crocheters learn and is extremely useful for many different projects. 

The basic half double crochet stitch is normally mastered early when one learns to crochet.  It is one of six fundamental stitches that is part of any beginner course: (US Terminology applies)

Single Crochet
Half Double Crochet 
Double Crochet
Treble Crochet
Slip Stitch
Chain Stitch

Half Double Crochet Abbreviation & Symbol

I am in the US, so I am using US terminology. You may also see this stitch called the Half Treble Crochet (htr) in the U.K.

hdc or Hdc (htr in the UK)

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But did you know you can use it to create many different looks by slightly altering how you work the stitch?  All stitches on this page are beginner-friendly and use the basic half double crochet. 

First let's look at the easiest way to make the half double crochet stitch.

Basic Half Double Crochet Stitch (hdc)

A half double crochet stitch worked in 100% pink cotton yarn.Basic Half Double Crochet Stitch

Learn how to make the traditional half double crochet stitch. This is written in US Terms.  Remember that in the UK, the stitch is called the Half Treble Crochet Stitch

(UK terminology:  half treble (htr)

Half Double Crochet Stitch Variations:  Table of Contents

  1. Ribbed Half Double Crochet (Ribbed hdc) Half Double Crochet Stitch worked in the Back Loop only. 
  2. Half Double Crochet Post Stitches (Both Front and Back)
  3. Half Double Crochet V Stitch
  4. Twisted Half Double Crochet: Yarn Under Half Double Crochet
  5. Extended Half Double Crochet
  6. Half Double Crochet Puff Stitch
  7. Half Double Crochet Squared Mesh Stitch
  8. Cluster Stitch using the Half Double Crochet Stitch
  9. Half Double Crochet Offset Stitch
  10. Forked Half Double Crochet 
  11. Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch
  12. Half Double Crochet Bobble Stitch
  13. Color Variations using the Half Double Crochet
  14. Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch
  15. Half Double Crochet Chevron Stitch
  16. Linked Half Double Crochet Stitch Pattern
  17. Half Double Crochet Granny Square
  18. Half Double Crochet Spike Stitch
  19. Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch
  20. Star Crochet Stitch
  21. Crochet Crunch Stitch

20 Half Double Crochet Stitch Variations

1. Ribbed Half Double Crochet (Ribbed hdc) Half Double Crochet (BPhdc)

A swatch of half double crochet rib stitch worked in purple woolRibbed Half Double Crochet

If you work the half-double crochet stitch as usual but only in the back loop of the stitch from the row below, you will create a fabric that resembles a knitted rib stitch.

This ribbed texture fabric is great for cuffs, edges, and other decorative details and is easy to master. You can create a single crochet rib stitch or practice your half double crochet stitch to make ribbing for a hat.

It's created very much like the single crochet rib stitch.  Learn how to make the Ribbed Half Double Crochet Stitch.

2. Half Double Crochet Post Stitches 
(hdcfp) Horizontal Half Double Crochet Post Stitch Ribbing

Half double crochet front post swatch in blue wool.Half Double Crochet Post Stitches

Post stitches are commonly made with all crochet stitches.  For example, the double crochet post stitch creates a very textured fabric perfect for several projects. 

Likewise, working around the posts, the half double crochet post stitches can create something magically, whether you work around the front or the back or alternate. The sample above is worked around the front post of the stitch on every other row.  

Half Double Crochet Post Stitch Tutorials

3. Half Double Crochet V-Stitch

Swatch of the half double crochet v stitch worked with 100^ cotton yarn.Half Double Crochet V-Stitch

Do you love crochet V stitches?  They are so easy and beginner friendly and lend themselves to making blankets, scarves, cowls, and even washcloths. 

Again, I'll admit that the first thing that comes to mind is the double crochet v stitch, but there's no reason why you can't make beautiful projects using the half double crochet v stitch.

Half Double Crochet v Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

4. Yarn Under Half Double Crochet:  Twisted Half Double Crochet

A crochet swatch worked in orange acrylic yarn showing what the half double crochet stitch worked with yarn unders.Twisted Half Double Crochet

Typically, we crochet by moving the yarn over the hook before making a stitch.  If you do a yarn under, you create a twisted stitch.  Usually, this would be a mistake, but in this case, it has made a different look - A Twisted Half Double Crochet.  

When working with a larger hook than the yarn weight is recommended, you can create a drapy, lacy fabric that is perfect for a scarf or shawl.

It's a bit tricky to work because you have to concentrate on the stitches in a way that is not natural.  

Twisted Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

5.  Extended Half Double Crochet

A swatch of the extended half double crochet stitch worked in 100% wool yarnExtended Half Double Crochet

This is a super easy way to change the appearance of a typical half-double crochet by making it taller.  It's created by adding a simple chain stitch before pulling through the three loops on the hook. 

The result may appear as tall as a double crochet stitch, but its appearance is a subtle difference. The best part is that it works quickly and can be used to create all the same projects. You might choose to use a half-double crochet stitch.

Extended Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

6.  Half Double Crochet Puff Stitch

A sample of the half double crochet puff stitch worked in 100% superwash merino yarnHalf Double Crochet Puff Stitch

This beautiful, textured half double crochet stitch is perfect for use in a wide variety of projects from hats, mittens, scarves and cowls to pillow covers and even makeup removal pads.  It has several variations depending on on the size you want your puffs to be.

Learn how to make the Half Double Crochet Puff Stitch.

7. Half Double Crochet Squared Mesh Stitch

Swatch of the half double crochet mesh stitch worked with 100% cotton in teal.Half Double Crochet Squared Mesh Stitch

Are you interested in making something open and airy and not ready to tackle filet crochet? Then this stitch might be your new best friend.

It's as simple as working a half double crochet, chaining one, and skipping the next stitch.  You'll find it much easier than filet, and it works quickly. If you can make chains and half-double crochet stitches, you can create this.

I worked the swatched show on an even number of chains.

Half Double Crochet Squared Mesh Stitch Tutorial

8. Cluster Stitch Using the Half Double Crochet Stitch

The Half double crochet cluster stitch worked in gold 100% merino woolHalf Double Crochet Cluster Stitch

I love clusters, do you?  But I've always thought of clusters as worked with the mainstay of crochet:  the double crochet.  But that's not the case.  Half double crochet cluster stitches can be petite, lovely, and easy to make.

The directions for making the Double Crochet and the Half Double Crochet Cluster Stitch are practically the same.  

9. Half Double Crochet Offset Stitch

A half double crochet offset stitch is worked into a fabric using 100% cotton yarn.Half Double Crochet Offset Stitch

This stitch is like a half-double crochet stitch, but the fabric looks very different.  The only difference is where you put your hook when making the stitches.  For this pattern, we are inserting the hook between the posts of the stitches in the row below rather than in the top loops.  I think it has the look of a lovely woven fabric.

Half Double Crochet Offset Stitch Tutorial

10. Forked Half Double Crochet

Crochet fork stitch worked in 100 % wool in a gold colorForked Half Double Crochet

Forked Half Double Crochet, abbreviated Fhdc, is an easy stitch that makes a fantastic textured fabric.  It's a one-row repeat that you can work on several stitches.

Each forked half double crochet stitch is worked into two of the stitches from the previous row.  This pattern creates a thick, textured, yet drapy 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 Stitch Tutorial

11. Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch

The herringbone crochet stitch worked into a teal colored swatchHerringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch

This is an exciting stitch because it starts as a half-double crochet stitch but works similarly to a double crochet.  The subtle difference creates a stitch that is not as straight and tall as you might expect for a double crochet—instead, the stitches slant to the left.  

The one-row repeat creates the herringbone appearance as each row's stitches slant in opposite directions.

Work a hdc:

YO, insert hook into two loops of the next stitch, pull up three circles, and continue to pull through two loops.  YO pull through the last two loops.

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

12. Half Double Crochet Bobble Stitch

Half double crochet bobble stitch worked in 100% merino woolHalf Double Crochet Bobble Stitch

What, bobbles worked on half-double crochets?  Surprise, it is possible. 

There is a slightly different method for creating half-double crochet bobbles, but they are still easy to make, and they create a lovely textured fabric that is great for making hats, headbands, and even makeup pads.

The swatch above was created by alternating rows of half-double bobble stitches and single crochet.  This is just one way that these bobbles can be made.

Half Double Crochet Bobble Stitch Tutorial

13. Color Variations using the Half Double Crochet

Beginner friendly color change worked in the half double crochet stitchColor Variations using the Half Double Crochet

Colorwork is usually not considered a beginner-level skill, but some straightforward color changes can be worked with half-double crochet.  In the swatch shown above, two beginner-friendly changes include changing colors in the row's middle and at the rows' ends.  Here is more information about changing colors in crochet.

14. Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch

Half double crochet slip stitch swatch worked in blue 100% woolHalf Double Crochet Slip Stitch

This is very easy to do as long as you know how to make the half double crochet and the slip stitch because both are combined into one stitch. I can be made on any number of chain stitches.

The most significant difference between the half double crochet stitch and the half double crochet slip stitch is that it doesn’t require the last yarn over and pull through three stitches. Removing the previous Yarn over means that you still yarn over, insert the hook in the next stitch, then yarn over and pull through all stitches on the hook. 

Add some additional interest and work in the back loop only to create a fabric that looks a little like the knit 1x1 rib stitch.

Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch Tutorial

15. Half Double Crochet Chevron Stitch

Half double crochet chevron stitch worked in teal yarn.Half Double Crochet Chevron Stitch

Often called the crochet ripple stitch, this old favorite is usually worked in two or multiple colors.  You might see the traditional chevron worked with double crochet stitches, but there is no reason it can't be created with other crochet stitches.

Half Double Crochet Chevron Stitch Tutorial

16.  Linked Half Double Crochet Stitch Pattern

Half double crochet linked stitch worked in purple roving yarn.Linked Half Double Crochet Stitch Pattern

Typically, when you make the half-double crochet, you have a gap between stitches.  Please check the half-double crochet at the top of this page.  

You eliminate that gap when you make the linked half double crochet stitch.  This is not a tricky stitch to master, but it does require you to keep your tension loose so you can work into the last bar in the stitch you just created and then the next chain or stitch before pulling through three loops on the hook.

Linked Half Double Crochet Stitch Pattern Tutorial

17. Half Double Crochet Granny Square

A granny square made with half double crochet stitches rather than double crochet  stitches.Half Double Crochet Granny Square

You will recognize this pattern as a typical granny square, except it is created using half double crochet stitches rather than the regular double crochet stitch.  The result is a slightly tighter and smaller square; otherwise, everything is made the same.  

Half Double Crochet Granny Square Tutorial

18.  Half Double Crochet Spike Stitch

Crochet half double crochet spike stitch swatchHalf Double Crochet Spike Stitch

This one is a little different from all the half-double crochet stitch variations.  It is worked on a combination of two crochet stitches, the spike half double and single crochet.

This stitch adds a little interest and color if you so choose.  It's best worked over single crochet stitches and can be worked in one color to add an additional layer of texture or a contrasting color. It can be made entirely of half-double crochet stitches if you like.

Half Double Crochet Spike Stitch Tutorial

19. Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch

A swatch worked in teal yarn of the crossed half double crochet stitch.Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch

This stitch creates an attractive textured fabric for projects needing a thick texture, such as mittens or fingerless gloves. What results is a dense texture that appears as little crosses or x's across the row?   You make this by skipping a stitch, making a half-double crochet stitch in the next stitch, and creating one more half-double stitch into the skipped stitch while working in front of the stitch just made.

Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

20.  Star Crochet Stitch

crochet star stitch worked in bright pink acrylic yarn.Star Crochet Stitch

The star stitch, which as goes by the name daisy stitch, is created with predominantely half double crochet stitches.  As the name suggests, the fabric looks like little stars which are produced in a simple two row repeats.  It is not reversible and the star pattern can only be seen on the right side of the fabric.

This is probably a more advanced stitch that can be challenging for beginners, but once you know where to insert your hook, you'll find it's not as complicated as you might initially have thought.

Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial

21. Crochet Crunch Stitch

A sample of crochet crunch stitch worked in light purple acrylic yarnCrochet Crunch Stitch

This is a textured crochet stitch that uses half doubl crochet stitches and slip stitches to make a thick fabric that is perfect for making washcloths, wrist warmers, scarves, placemats and 3-dimensional objects such as bowls and cups cup holders.  

As long as you know how to make the half double crochet and slip stitch, you can make the Crochet Crunch Stitch.

Worked over a multiple of 2 plus 1 and a two row repeat. 

Learn how to make the Crochet Crunch Stitch

Half Double Crochet Stitch Variations:  Conclusion

There are so many ways to use the half double crochet and I am sure I have not found them all.  Please contact me if you know of more as I'd love to add your suggestions to this page.

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