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In this week's installment of my Back to the Basics blog series we will tackle the half double crochet. WAIT!! If you already know how to half double crochet.. Please don't click away! I will be including a free pattern using the techniques taught here today!
How to half double crochet
If you have been wanting to learn how to crochet, half double crochet is one of the most versatile stitches you can have in your arsenal. It's commonly used when making hats or scarves!
Half double crochet is fairly easy to master so let's get to it!
Make a foundation chain!
Almost all crochet begins with a foundation chain, which is a series of chain stitches beginning with a slip knot.
Create your foundation chain! Make sure your foundation chain is one ch longer than the number of hdc you wish to make. See image below!
1. Yarn over!
2. Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook.
3. Pull through one loop. You will now have three loops on your hook.
4. Pull through all three loops. You have created your first hdc!
5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have an entire row of hdc.
6. Chain one and turn your work.
7. Repeat steps 1-6 as many times as desired.
It's as easy as that! If you are more of a visual learner there are a ton of video tutorials out there on YouTube!
Now onto the free pattern! Autumn Clutch!
Skill Level: Beginner Friendly
You will need 175 yards #4 worsted weight yarn, a 4.25 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle, purse closure, and a pair of scissors.
Let's Talk Yarn!
I used 1 skein of Kartopu NO: 1 Prints in the color H1811. Instead you can use 175 yards of any brand or color #4 worsted weight yarn of your choosing.
Other Important Information!
You will need some kind of purse closure for this project. I went with some magnetic buttons that you sew on. You can use any buttons or closure of your choosing.
-Sc: single crochet
-Hdc: half double crochet
-Use a 4.25 mm crochet hook for the entire project.
-This clutch is made by crocheting a rectangle and then sewing together to create your finished piece.
-This clutch will be worked in rows. The ch 1 before each row does not count as a stitch unless stated otherwise
-Novice sewing skills will be required.
Row 1: Ch 30. Place 1 hdc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Hdc across. (29 sts)
Row 2-27: Ch 1 and turn your work! Hdc across. (29 sts)
Break yarn and weave in your ends. See image below!
Fold the rectangle in half horizontally, sew along the edges. You will sew along the dotted lines. See image below on where to sew.
Gently turn your piece inside out. The base of your clutch is now complete. See image below. Set aside for now!
Now it is time to crochet the flap of the clutch.
Row 1: Ch 12. Hdc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Hdc across. (11 sts)
Row 2-22: Ch 1 and turn your work. Hdc across. (11 sts)
Break yarn with a long tail for sewing. Pin the flap onto the top of your back and sew on with a whip stitch. Break yarn and weave in your remaining ends.
Row 1: Ch 35. Place 1 sc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Sc across. (34 sts)
Break yarn with a long tail for sewing. Fold it in half and securely sew both ends onto the top corner of your clutch. Break yarn and weave in an remaining ends you may have.
Your clutch is now complete!
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