The Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch (aka: Herringbone hdc). Ahh.. isn’t it a thing of beauty? I’m a bit in love with this stitch. It almost feels knitted, but it really IS crochet and is very simple to learn!
I think what I love best about this stitch is that it is really a very, very simple variation on the normal half double crochet stitch. There are 2 keys to it’s success. First, is that simple variation. And second is that it must worked back and forth in rows. The variation makes the stitches lean slightly one direction. And the back and forth alternates the leaning. Those two components give the Herringbone Half Double Crochet (aka Herringbone hdc) it’s unique look.
If it’s your first time making swatches, or it’s been awhile, here are a few tips. When making swatches, be sure to attach hang tags to the swatches so you can remember the stitch you made later. I like these larger hang tags so I can write out the pattern on the back for even easier reference. It’s a great way to remember the stitch as your collection of swatches grows. You can read everything you need to know about stitch swatching here.
- Any size hook. I used US H8/5 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- A yarn weight that works with your hook size. I used worsted weight yarn.
- tapestry needle and scissors
Remember, you can make your swatch with any size hook and yarn weight. Read all about How to Swatch Here.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
How to Make a Herringbone Half Double Crochet
To start, wrap yarn over hook and insert in the next stitch, JUST as you would if making a normal half double crochet.
Then, yarn over and pull yarn through BOTH the stitch AND the 1st loop on your hook (see below). This is the part that makes the Herringbone Half Double Crochet different than a regular half double crochet.
To finish the stitch, simply yarn over and….
Pull through the 2 stitches on the hook.
And the Herringbone half double crochet (aka. Herringbone hdc) is complete!
Here’s a photo of the finished row:
Now.. let’s use this stitch to make a swatch for our collection.
For this stitch, there is no set “multiple” so chain as much as you’d like (for information on what this means, please read How to Swatch)
Ch 14 or as long as you’d like
R1: work a hhdc in the 3rd ch from the hook. Work a hhdc in each ch across.
R2: ch 2 and turn. (Note, the chain does NOT count as a stitch). hhdc in each stitch across row.
Repeat rows 2 for the pattern.
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