Crochet Stitch Tutorial: Herringbone Half Double Crochet

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Crochet swatch of the herringbone half double crochet stitch.

The Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch is a gorgeous textured stitch that I love to use when I need a tight and sturdy stitch. It is great for crocheting garments, blankets, hats, and more!

The herringbone half double crochet stitch is often abbreviated to hhdc or herr-hdc.

If you look at the photo above, you can see where the stitch gets it’s name from. When worked in rows, it creates a small herringbone pattern.

Getting Started

To practice this stitch you’ll want to use a good crochet hook. One that is ergonomically correct and glides through your yarn easily. Choose one that you are comfortable with.

I personally have made the switch to Furls Streamline crochet hooks. They are very smooth, longer than most hooks, and don’t cause any pain.

You’ll also want to use a good yarn that is weight appropriate for the size hook you are crocheting with.

Yarn pictured below is Paintbox Simply Aran. It is a great worsted (#4) weight yarn. Check out my Yarn Review for more details.

Written Instructions

Chain any number of stitches + 1

Yarn over, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook.

Yarn over, pull up a loop through ch and 1st loop on the hook (2 loops on the hook).

Yarn over, pull through both loops.

Repeat in each ch across.

Row 2 and beyond: Ch 1, turn, repeat steps for each stitch across.

Crochet cardigan made using the herringbone half double crochet stitch.
Charlotte Cardigan

Video Tutorial

Below you will find a few video tutorials on how to create the Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch. I am left-handed, so if you are right-handed the steps will be the same but you will be working in the opposite direction.

If you have trouble following the video below, try this right-handed tutorial from Crystalized Designs.

Patterns Using the Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch

Charlotte Cardigan – this cozy crochet cardigan is made with bulky (#5) weight yarn and almost exclusively the hhdc stitch.

Siesta Sweater– this lightweight, two-colored top has a solid bottom half and a lacy top half. The solid bottom is made with the hhdc stitch.

Paisley Poncho – another fun winter pattern made with bulky (#5) weight yarn! This lovely poncho is made in all herringbone half double with a ribbed brim at the bottom.

September Sweater – this gorgeous v-neck, 3/4 sleeves sweater uses the hhdc stitch to give it a beautiful texture!

Woman wearing crocheted sweater called the September Sweater.
September Sweater

Want to try before you buy? Check out my ever growing list of Free Crochet Patterns!

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