How to do Herringbone Half Double Crochet (Hbhdc) – Free Tutorial

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This is a free tutorial for the Herringbone Half Double Crochet (Hbhdc) stitch. The tutorial has both photos and videos and is suitable for beginner crocheters.

As with all stitches, I love learning more about why they are named so. Herringbone half double crochet stitch was one of those stitches with a mysterious name that I had to explore.

Herringbone is a V-shaped weaving pattern. It’s distinguishable from chevron (another V-shaped weaving pattern) by having a “break” each time the lines change direction.

This creates the effect that the broken zigzags resemble the bones of a fish such as a herring.

Personally, I think the differences between chevron and herringbone can be most clearly seen in wood flooring.

Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s much easier to see it in crochet.

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To learn more about how to create the herringbone half double crochet, please continue to read below.

Herringbone Half Double Crochet - Crochet Tutorial with Photos and Video by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

I am still working on making new hat creations and writing down patterns and publishing them.

I remembered a stitch I have not done in a long time: the Herringbone Half Double Crochet (Hbhdc).

It is not exactly the same or even similar to a half double crochet, but because of its height it is similar to a half double crochet.

I hope for my next crocheted hat I will use this stitch and publish a pattern for it. It is very pretty and versatile.

Now, let me teach you how to do this stitch.

Firstly, I will teach you the stitch using pictures. Secondly, you will find a quick video for better visualization of this stitch.

Let me know in the comments whether you liked this stitch and what you will use this stitch for. 🙂

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial

I have prepared both video and photo tutorial for you. This is to better teach you how to do this stitch, no matter which method you prefer.

If the pictures are not clear enough and you are a very visual learner, please check out my video below, as I show you exactly how to do this stitch.

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Herringbone Half Double Crochet Photo Tutorial

This is an easy and beginner-friendly photo tutorial that shows you how to do this beautiful stitch.

Check out the close-up photos below which clearly show you where to place the hook and how to achieve the herringbone pattern in your stitches.

Herringbone Half Double Crochet - Crochet Tutorial with Photos and Video by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

1. Yarn over your hook

Crochet Tutorial with Photos and Video by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

2. Put hook through the stitch under both loops at the top of the stitch

herringbone half double crochet stitch - Crochet Tutorial with Photos and Video by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

3. Yarn over your hook again

hbhdc crochet stitch - Crochet Tutorial with Photos and Video by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

4. Pull the yarn you just yarned over the hook straight through the chain and the first loop (loop closest to the hook). Now you have 2 loops on your hook.

hbhdc - Crochet Tutorial with Photos and Video by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

5. Yarn over your hook again

6. Pull yarn through both loops. Finished with 1 Herringbone Half Double Crochet (Hbhdc)

hbhdc crochet stitch

Now you made a Herringbone HDC stitch. Now repeat the above steps as many times as needed depending on the pattern.

I hope you like this unique stitch just as much as I do.

how to herringbone half double crochet

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Crochet Pattern Ideas

This is a super versatile and pretty stitch. You can use it for so many different projects.

From homewares like blankets, pillows to sweaters or cardigans, this great stitch will look great.

Who not check out THIS BLANKET pattern that uses this stitch. The use of herringbone half double crochet gives it a nice clean and modern look.

How about a MATCHING CUSHION? This beautiful set will add a touch of class to your living space.

I am so in love with THIS CARDIGAN! It is a really cute raglan style crochet cardigan that uses the herringbone half double crochet!

How about trying this newly learned stitch on a small project such as THIS HAT? It is an easy crochet hat created from a simple rectangle.

And last but certainly not the least is THIS beautiful crochet sweater that has a simple construction. The herringbone half double crochet adds a touch of class to it.Save

I hope you love this herringbone half double crochet stitch as much as I do. It is so useful and cute to have in your stitch repertoire! 

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  1. Thank you for posting this tutorial. I am in the process of making a herringbone half double crochet slightly slouchy hat. I know I can start it off basically how I would any hat. However, I have issues on the increasing sometimes if I don’t have access to a pattern. Can you tell me how I would increase to get this? With this stitch should it always be done with a stitch marker so there are no seams?

    1. Hi Blackwomeneluding,
      regarding increases, I would place 2 Hbhdc in the same stitch. So for example, after doing a magic ring and placing a certain number of stitches inside the magic ring, I would place 2 Hbhdc in each stitch all around (for continues rows/rounds , where there is not slip stitch, I would always use a stitch marker). The next row, I would do the 1Hbhdc in the first stitch, and 2 Hbhdc in the second, then repeating this pattern around. The following row would start with 1Hbhdc in the first 2 stitches and then next stitch has 2 Hbhdc, repeating the pattern around. After that, it would be 1 Hbhdc in the first 3 stitches and then 2 Hbhdc in the next stitch, repeat. Do you see the pattern of increases? I hope that makes sense. You increase as many times as you need to. I usually measure the diameter and multiple that number by 3.41 and that gives me the head/hat circumference. After you are done increasing, place 1 Hbhdc in each stitch all around for as many rows as you need. Let me know if that is not clear. 🙂

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