Half Double Crochet (hdc)

The photos below show an example of a half double crochet stitch being worked into a row of double crochet stitches.

Step 1:  Yarn over hook (wrap yarn from back to front around the hook) once just below hook opening. 
Step 2:   Keeping working yarn behind work, insert hook into the stitch  indicated by the instruction.  Yarn over to create a loop on the hook (wrap yarn around hook from back to front into hook opening). 

Step 3: Pull  loop on hook through so that there are now 3 loops on the hook.


TIP:  If working in a chain, it is helpful to keep tension on the chain with thumb and forefinger of your hand opposite the hook so that the hook slides through easily.

Step 4:  Bring yarn over hook again, from back to front so that yarn engages in hook opening.

Step 5: Draw loop through all of the loops on the hook.  This completes the half double crochet stitch.

TIP:  Twist hook so that hook opening faces downwards when drawing through the loops on the hook.