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!
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Foundation Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial
How to Crochet FHDC - Right Handed
How to Crochet FHDC - Left Handed
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Step 3: Again, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. The next FHDC is complete!
Continue making the rest of the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitches just like the second one here. Soon you'll have a whole row!
Fixing the Curve!
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.