Welcome back to the Beginner Basics Crochet Class! The previous lesson covers how to create a single crochet stitch. Lesson 4 teaches you how to create the Half Double Crochet Stitch. At the end of this lesson you have another crochet stitch added to your skills! Let’s get started, crocheter.

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Ready to learn crochet once and for all?

You’re in the right place! This is Lesson 3 of the Beginner Basics Crochet Class. (You can find Lesson 1 here to start from the beginning.) However, if you’re anything like me… you’ll forget about this Beginner Basics Crochet Class as soon as your kid (or fur baby) needs a snack. Here’s what you can do to help you remember.

1. Sign up for email reminders.

Every week you’ll get a friendly email about a new lesson. Emails are spaced out every seven days to give you time to read, watch, and work on the homework.

2. Save this lesson to your Crochet Pinterest Board.

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Let’s Quickly Review Lesson 3

Lesson 3 teaches you the first stitch – the single crochet. That lesson broke up the instructions between written and video. Both work together to provide a rounded understanding of the single crochet stitch. Also, I wanted you to practice understand crochet terms, and reading them in written instructions.

So, how do you feel after Lesson 3? Did it make sense, or are you still trying to figure out the single crochet? If you need help with this stitch, please reach out! As your teacher, I’m here to help you. Feel free to send an email to me (Joanna) at hello@highdesertyarn.com

You’re doing a great job at trying something new!

If you’re comfortable with the Single Crochet, let’s get into today’s lesson.. the Half Double Crochet.

Adding to the crochet terms.

Two weeks ago, I introduced you to crochet terms and their abbreviations. Are you starting to catch on to some of the terms? It can take a while to get used to the terms. Especially when you learn a new one. Today, we’re adding one more term with its abbreviation – Half Double Crochet.

Crochet patterns use abbreviations 

These abbreviations condense a written pattern into a more reader-friendly script. In every well written crochet pattern there will be a list of crochet stitches used in that particular pattern. It’ll look something like this…

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

  • CH – chain
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • YO – yarn over

Did you spot the new abbreviation in the list? ** hint – it’s the stitch we’re learning today **

Let’s Stitch! Half Double Crochet

Below are the written instructions for the Half Double Crochet. A video tutorial follows the written instructions. Now, it’s time to choose your own adventure. Pick which path you want to take, written instructions (Path 1), or video tutorial (Path 2). For both paths, you will need a chain the length of 15 stitches. Last, the written instructions are designed to help you practice reading the crochet abbreviations. Refer to the list above if you get stuck!

  1. Read the written instructions, and try to create a Half Double Crochet based only on the written instructions. Then, watch the video tutorial to check your work.
  2. Watch the video tutorial, and create a Half Double Crochet with it. Then, try to make a Half Double Crochet by following the written instructions.
  • CH 15 times.
  • YO, and insert your hook in the 2nd CH from the hook.
  • YO, and pull up one (1) loop (there are 3 loops on the hook).
  • YO, and pull through all (3) loops on the hook.
  • The HDC ST is complete.

Repeat these steps in every chain until you reach the end. You will have 1 Row of Half Double Crochet stitches. Final stitch count will be 14 Half Double Crochet stitches.


Remember : You are practicing a new skill. It’s not supposed to feel comfortable the first, second, or third time you try. Keep trying. It will become comfortable with practice.

Lesson 4 Overview

Congratulations — you learned a new crochet stitch today! Awesome work. I know it can feel funny to navigation a slippery hook with all those loops. But, look at you.. you did!

Here’s what we covered today…

  1. Added a NEW Crochet Abbreviations
  2. How to Half Double Crochet

Your Homework

You’ve read through Lesson 3 which means you’re ready for your homework! This week, you need to create a Half Double Crochet swatch (the little square at the end of the video). Your swatch should be 14 STS wide by 10 Rows high. For Lesson 5, we’re going to learn how to Double Crochet. It’s just adding one more well placed YO in the sequence. But, let’s master the Half Double Crochet first!

Here is exactly what you need to do :

  1. Read the written instructions for the Half Double Crochet stitch.
  2. Watch the YouTube tutorial above.
  3. Follow along with the yarn and hook you picked out in the Lesson 1 Homework.
  4. Create 1 Swatch of Half Double Crochet
    • 14 STS wide x 10 Rows high (hint – repeat Row 2 until you get to 10 Rows total.)

If you need any help during this process, please reach out! Comment on this post, send me an email (hello@highdesertyarn.com), or ask in the High Desert Yarn Handmade Community on Facebook. We’d love to cheer you on during your crochet journey!

Once you’re comfortable with creating a Half Double Crochet, let’s move onto Lesson 5 here.

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