Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC)

In the past I’ve made video tutorials for both Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) and Foundation Double Crochet (FDC) – but recently I had a request for Foundation Half Double Crochet! This is an easy variation on the other ones, and a great intro to foundation stitches if you aren’t already familiar with them. So let’s get started with the Foundation Half Double Crochet tutorial!

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

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Foundation Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial

Foundation Half Double Crochet Photo Tutorial

Both the video and photo tutorials shown here feature Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, and a Furls Fiberarts Crochet Hook in size US-I, 5.5mm. However, you can make this stitch using any yarn and the appropriate hook. You can work as many stitches as desired.

To substitute Foundation Half Double Crochet in a pattern that calls for a series of chains followed by a row of hdc, simply work the same number of Foundation Half Double Crochets as you would regular half double crochets in the first row!

Making the First FHDC:

Step 1: Ch 2. Yarn over, and insert the hook in the second ch from the hook (the first ch made), and pull up a loop. This first loop acts as the chain portion of the FHDC.

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

Step 2: Yarn over and pull a loop through the first loop on the hook (3 loops still on the hook). This loop acts as the first part of a standard hdc.

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

Step 3: Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. The first FHDC is complete! It doesn’t look like much now, but keep going!

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

Making the Rest of the FHDC:

Step 1: Yarn over, and insert the hook under the two loops of the V on the underside of the previous FHDC, and pull up a loop. Again, this first loop acts as the chain portion of the FHDC.

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

Step 2: As Step 2 above, yarn over and pull a loop through the first loop on the hook (3 loops still on the hook). This loop acts as the first part of a standard hdc.

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

Step 3: Again, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. The next FHDC is complete!

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

Continue making the rest of the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitches just like the second one here. Soon you’ll have a whole row!

Learn how to #crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch in this video and photo tutorial! From Mooglyblog.com

A little bit of a curve in this row is normal, but if it’s curving more than it should, this can be corrected by making sure you’re pulling the first loop, in Step 1, up nice and high. The curve is caused by the chain portion of the FHDC stitches being too short. If done right, you should have a super stretchy and fast start to any hdc project!

And that’s all there is to the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch, commonly abbreviated as FHDC. I hope you enjoyed learning this fun stitch! Click on any of the links above (in colored text!) for more info on those topics. Thanks for watching! Follow Moogly on the World Domination tour through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and via the weekly Email Newsletter (it’s free)!

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  1. 1

    Zarnaz says

    Hello! I’ve never made any other stitches than the Foundation Chain, I”ll go check out the FSC thread… thanks!
    And one more thing, whenever I make a few rows of SC, the edges turn out to be uneven, this does not happen with HDC, DC or TRC… can you help me with that?

  2. 4

    Jenny B says

    Tamara, I really appreciate all that you have done on your blog. I am a mother of four, a long time crocheter and a new crochet designer. I am just getting started selling patterns, trying to earn a little extra money for my family. I have learned so many new ideas from your site, like doing these Foundation single, double and half double crochet stitches. These foundation stitches have been a favorite tool of mine in creating new patterns. Since these stitches are fairly new to so many people I have been linking people back to your blog for the video tutorials. Thank you so much for the work that you do here!

    • 5

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you so much Jenny – for your kind words, and the links! :D I really appreciate it! Best of luck with your pattern sales!

  3. 6

    Shirley says

    Tamara, I just stumbled across your tutorial videos today on Pinterest and had to stop and say Thank You! I am left-handed, so it is not always easy for me to follow crochet instructions. But your videos were fantastic and really helped me to understand quickly and easily. Sometimes I have to watch a video over and over before I finally get it, but your videos were so clear and easy to understand that I understood immediately what you were teaching in each video I watched. Even though I have crocheted for many years, you have helped me to learn some new techniques and given me fresh ideas. Your videos are short and to the point and extremely well done. You do repeat instructions a couple of times to make sure they are well understood, which is wonderful, but you don’t “over-teach” and go into unnecessary detail as some videos do. You are a great teacher and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these videos and share your talents with others.

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