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This crochet tutorial is about learning how to crochet a Half Double Crochet in the 3rd Loop. This loop is behind the V. Use this photo and video tutorial. This stitch creates a knit-like texture and or knit look.
As much as I like knitting, I prefer crocheting any day. And if I can create a knit-like texture that makes a crochet project look like it was knitted, I feel like I won the craft lottery. Is there such a thing? Please tell me there is. lol
But the Half Double Crochet in the 3rd loop behind the V sure creates a Knit-Purl look like no other crochet stitch seem to be able to.
Besides being crochet, this stitch is also made in rounds and creates the knit-purl texture horizontally rather than vertically.
I recently published a crochet pattern called “Faux Knit Ear Warmers” which uses the HDC in 3rd loop behind the V. It shows off the faux knit look beautifully.
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First, if you have never crocheted before or you consider yourself a beginner, please check out my Crochet Beginner Guide. You can also learn how to crochet the Half Double Crochet (HDC) stitch and learn how to crochet a Linked Half Double Crochet stitch.
Furthermore, I have a special crochet tip when crocheting half double crochet stitches in rounds for you also. And if you need a challenge, be sure to check out the Mini C2C stitch tutorial which is made with hdc stitches.
Half Double Crochet in 3rd Loop behind the V – Crochet Stitch
If you are more of a visual learner, make sure you check out the detailed video tutorial for this special stitch below.
Crochet a chain – no matter how long – and make a circle by slip stitching into the first chain to create a circle. Then crochet 1 round of hdc stitches.
Continue crocheting rounds without slip stitching after each round. Now check out your hdc stitches. You see V on the top of the stitch which is the front (closest to you) and back loop (behind the front loop). But if you twist the hdc a bit, you see another loop behind it. That is the 3rd loop behind the V.
You will now crochet hdc stitches into the 3rd loop. Yarn over, insert your hook into the 3rd loop.
Pull up a loop that creates 3 loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. You now see that you crocheted your hdc in the 3rd loop behind the V. The V, on the other hand, is now pushed to the front which creates the knit look. And because your hdc’s are behind the V, you have valleys that make it look like you have purl stitches in between.
Continue to crochet hdc in the 3rd loop behind the V in continues rounds. Once you’ve done a few rounds, it should look like this:
If you need more help or the above photo tutorial was not clear, check out my video tutorial below.
HDC in 3rd Loop Crochet Stitch –
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