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The Half Double Crochet Thermal stitch is a very thick stitch with lots of texture. Learn how to crochet it quickly, easily, and perfectly with this tutorial which has a video included.
Whether you are a beginner crocheter or more advanced, when crocheting a potholder or hot pad it’s very important to remember to have a thick crochet square to make sure you don’t burn yourself. And if you ask my hubby I’m burning myself way too much. LOL So I need extra protection when I clean, cook or bake. I’m surprised I haven’t hurt myself crocheting yet.
This stitch is ideal for washcloths, hot pads, potholders, and of course bag bottoms. For kitchen and bathroom projects, I always use cotton or linen yarn. I even made a potholder using a version of this stitch, which used single crochet stitches, and cotton yarn.
Without any further ado let’s get right into the nitty and gritty of this beautiful and detailed stitch.
The Ultimate Guide to Crocheting the Thermal Stitch
The Thermal Stitch in general is a special kind of technique to crochet basic crochet stitches into a thicker texture and therefore create a new look than they normally would. The most important difference is where the stitch is placed and how many rows you can crochet with this technique per distance. In fact, you are crocheting only half a row in height using the thermal stitch versus the basic crochet stitch crocheted normally.
So that means you can crochet this stitch using any basic crochet stitches. I have a single crochet thermal stitch tutorial as well as a double crochet thermal stitch tutorial. Check out all three and see the difference.
How do you crochet a half double crochet thermal stitch in the round?
You can easily crochet the thermal stitch in rounds, just like you normally would for any other stitch. You will connect your first and last stitch with a slip stitch for the foundation rounds.
However, you will not need to crochet it in normal rounds, but rather in rows and simply connected in rows. To make it easier I prefer crocheting it in rows and then sewing the sides together to make it into a round-looking project.
How to Crochet the Half Double Crochet Stitch
– Video Tutorial
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Half Double Crochet Thermal Stitch
– Written Tutorial
Grab your favorite yarn (I used Dishie Yarn from WeCrochet) and hook (I used Furls Crochet Hook size 4.0mm) and let’s crochet together, shall we? Above you have the video tutorials which are more detailed. But let me show you a written tutorial for this.
Row 1 of the HDC Thermal Stitch
Chain of any number
First, crochet 1 row of just half double crochet stitch all into the back bump of the crochet chain, then chain 1 and turn your project sideways.
First HDC Thermal Stitch
Now yarn over, and insert your hook through the back loop and the parallel loop. Yarn over and pull through. You have 3 loops on your hook. Finish it as you normally would for a hdc.
Continue with the hdc thermal stitch
Now go to the next stitch and repeat the same process as the first stitch.
At the end of each row, make sure to chain 1 as that will help you find your last stitch for every row. Starting from the 2nd thermal stitch row, you will always go through the back loop and the leftover loop from the previous row when making the half double crochet stitch. After a few rows, it will look like the picture below.
Once you finished your second to the last row, make sure to crochet through all 3 loops for the very last row. So that means the front and back loop and the left over loop from the previous row.
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