With one simple change, elongate a half double crochet stitch (hdc) and turn it into an extended half double crochet stitch (ehdc). Learn how in this quick tutorial.
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Terms in this Tutorial
dc = double crochet
ehdc = extended half double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
What is an extended half double crochet?
An ehdc is an hdc with an extra chain in the middle of it. This makes it halfway between an hdc and a dc in size and shape. It’s a little taller and skinnier than an hdc, but not quite as tall or skinny as a dc.
For ehdc rows, I like to start with a chain 2 that does not count as a stitch. Different patterns and designers will do it differently. Some may start with a chain 1 or a chain 3, and some may count the turning chain as the first stitch. Do what your pattern suggests, or whichever you like the look of best.
How to work an extended half double crochet
The ehdc starts exactly like an hdc. Yarn over, insert your hook in the indicated stitch or space, yarn over and pull up a loop. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.
Now here is where it gets different. We’re going to add a chain before we finish the hdc. Yarn over, and pull through just one loop on your hook. This is the added chain. You should still have 3 loops on your hook.
Finally, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook to finish the stitch.
Third loop of an ehdc
Like with an hdc, the yarn over still creates a prominent third loop at the top of the stitch. For a closer look at this third loop, see this Working into the 3rd Loop of Half Double Crochet tutorial.
Try it out!
Now that you know the ehdc stitch, use it in the Snuggle Square Pet Blanket! It’s a soft, cozy, and sturdy project for your furry friends. It makes a great blanket for human friends too.
Extended half double crochet (ehdc) video tutorial
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