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How to Make the Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch (FHDC)

by | Crochet, Tutorials

If you know how to make the Foundation Single Crochet, then the foundation half double crochet stitch will be easy peasy to learn, and it’s a great one to add to your stitch repertoire. Let’s get right to it! Follow along with the instructions and then the pics below.

Update: Here’s a video to help you out!

1. Start with 3 chains on hook.

2. Yarn over, and then insert hook into the first chain/3rd chain from hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

3. Yarn over and pull up through the first loop on the hook <- this creates your first “chain stitch”.

4. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook <- this completes your first foundation half double crochet stitch!

5. To create the second half double crochet stitch, yarn over and insert hook into the “chain stitch” you created in Step 3.

6. Yarn over and pull up a loop to create your next chain stitch.

7. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook to complete your next half double crochet stitch.

Lather, rinse, repeat over and over again until you get your desired foundation row length. This is a great way to immediately start a project with a bit of height!









It might be a little unclear, but in the picture above, there are 2 fhdc. The chains will be easy to recognize whether you’re working in rows or rounds.


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  1. Dana

    Very nicely and clearly explained. Thank you!

  2. Barb

    Thank you so much for these instructions. I have tried doing foundation stitches before several times and could never understand their instructions. Yours made it easy to figure out. Thanks again. I won’t have to skip patterns that call for this now or chain and crochet my first row.

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  4. Nat

    Thanks so much! Clear, concise & appreciate having the written, pictures & video becaus it always takes me several tries, frogs, & retries to learn a new stitch!

  5. Vicki

    What is the magic circle.? I’m working on the jellyfish

  6. Mandy

    Thanks for this GREAT tutorial!!

  7. Julia

    This is so helpful! Thank you 🙂

  8. Alanna

    Do we count the 2 chains left over from the initial chain three as a fhdc or do we start the count at the very first actual fhdc?

  9. Betty

    Trying to start high line crochet sweater and after doing Fhdc and fsc but can’t find the 3 rd loop in the row 2 of pattern for fhdc please help

  10. Melanie Rice

    Thanks, excellent explanation , and I love your “brand” 1 Dog Woof, very cute!

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