by ArticlesofaDomesticGoddess | January 16, 2015 5:35 pm
Half Double Crochet Stitch In Patterns:
The Half Double Crochet Stitch is abbreviated “hdc” within patterns.
Here are a list of common abbreviations that you will see in patterns
Steps for Completing the Half Double Crochet Stitch-
One loop on hook
Two loops on the hook
Insert hook into next stitch
Yarn over and pull up a loop
Three loops on hook
Yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook
One loop on hook
Working into the foundation chain:
When starting out a chain to crochet, you will need two extra stitches in your foundation chain than you plan to have in the row for the half double crochet stitch. So if you plan for your first stitch to be a half double crochet stitch and you want 10 stitches in your row, you are going to chain 12. You will work your first half double crochet stitch into the fourth chain from your hook, skipping the first 2 chains and the next chain after it, because you will be counting the first 2 chains turning chain as your first stitch in the row.
Working in to an established row:
Once you have completed a row, you will need to turn your work so that you can work into the tops of the stitches you just completed. If you want your first stitch to be a half double crochet stitch in the next row, you will need to chain two; counting the chains as your turning chain. You need the chains to raise your hook to the proper height before you can complete the half double crochet stitch. You will work your first stitch into the second stitch in the row; skipping the first stitch that the chain two comes out of.
Turning Chains – Basic and Alternative <– video and tutorial
If you’re finished with the Half Double Crochet Stitch, visit the 
Double Crochet Stitch page next! 
Here are a list of common abbreviations that you will see in patterns: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/crochet.html
Turning Chains – Basic and Alternative <– video and tutorial: http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/turning-chains/
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