Herringbone HDC – Increases & Decreases

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I made a video for the Herringbone Half Double Crochet a while ago – it’s an interesting stitch that’s sort of like a slip stitch with a single crochet stacked on top! It’s fun to make and it led to a reader question – how do you increase and decrease with this stitch? So… here’s how to increase and decrease with Herringbone HDC!

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Herringbone HDC Increases and Decreases – Right Handed

Herringbone HDC Increases and Decreases – Left Handed

As Seen in This Video (click for more info)

Written Instructions:

Increasing with Herringbone Half Double Crochet: Work 2 Herringbone HDC sts in the same stitch.

Decreasing with Herringbone Half Double Crochet: Yo, insert hook in indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop through the stitch and the first loop on the hook, as for a slip stitch (2 loops remain on hook), yo and pull through both loops on hook.

And that’s all there is to it! This stitch has great subtle texture, changing the look of the standard hdc a bit, but still creating a great solid fabric! I hope you enjoyed learning more about this stitch! Thanks for watching!

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  1. 1

    JANE RIMMER says

    Please check the written instructions for your decrease. I think those are the instructions for a regular herringbone half-double.

  2. 2

    Kathy says

    Hi Tamara,
    I can’t find this answer anywhere maybe you can help. I am really getting into crocheting and want to understand and use gauge so projects will be the right size. Here is the question …when counting stitches of a pattern for gauge and the pattern is sc. Chain. Sc. Do you count the chain as a stitch. It may be a stupid question but I really want to do it right. I think yes because in the next row a stitch would be put into the chain but…..

    • 3

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Kathy, I can try! :) The problem is… it depends on the designer! Some will include the chains in the count, some won’t. Sometimes it’s obvious, you hold your ruler up and it *has* to be one way or the other, or it would be way way off. This is why gauge is most often given in 4″ rather than 1″ – it can make variations more apparent. From the example you give, I would think it was included, but if your gauge is really close one way and really off the other, that’s the best clue. I wish it were more clear cut!

      • 4

        Kathy says

        Thank you for the quick reply. I will do as you suggest and see how off it would be by including and excluding the counting of the chains.

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    What a beautiful stitch! I’ve always wanted to learn how to do a herringbone stitch. That’s so simple! And now I can increase and decrease too! I’m sure I can find a few useful applications for that!

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