The Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie uses a variety of stitches, and one of them is the half double crochet, worked into the "third loop." Where is this mysterious loop? Well, let me show you! Here's how to crochet in the third loop of the half double crochet!
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How to Crochet into the Third Loop of the Half Double Crochet
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As you have seen in the video, there are actually two "third" loops in a half double crochet stitch. There are the two main loops - the V on the top of each stitch - referred to as the front loop and back loop respectively. But that yarn over that happens before you insert the hook into the next stitch creates a third loop on each side of the stitch. And that's the fun of crochet - so many places you can stick your hook to create a whole new look!
By crocheting into the third loop that is in the back, while crocheting in the round, you push the top V (the front and back loops) forward.
This can create a fabric that looks a lot like knitting! At least on the outside, or right side of the fabric.
The third loop that's in the front of the top V can by used to create this knit look fabric while working in rows - just switch between the front and back third loops. It still results in a fabric with a right side and wrong side, but the Vs will be pointing in different directions.
Alternately, you work this third loop in rows as demonstrated on My Hobby is Crochet - her tutorial shows how to use this third loop to in rows to make fabric where the Vs all point the same direction! She's also got a great tip for the joining when working in the round!
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