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The Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch

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Learn how to crochet the herringbone half double crochet stitch. The HHDC creates this beautiful textured pattern with a chevron type of look.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing the Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch with you for a long time. In fact, last year, I crocheted an afghan for our daughter Morgan that incorporated the HHDC stitch.

I’ve also crocheted a baby blanket that used a combination of HHDC and a version of the moss stitch. Sometimes I just like to experiment with different stitch combinations. I’ve been a little obsessed with the HHDC stitch lately and thought I’d share it with you!

Plus, I’ll be sharing my new crocheted pumpkin pattern with you soon and it uses this stitch, so you’ll want to learn it so you can make these adorable crocheted pumpkins!

Now, let’s learn this stitch, shall we?

How to Crochet the Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch

I’ll admit, the Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch sounds a little intimidating. Truth be told, it’s a pretty easy stitch. It’s really just a modified half double crochet stitch, which is really just a modified double crochet stitch.

The design or pattern that it creates is just beautiful. It actually creates this textured sort of chevron look. Because the stitch is worked back and forth in rows, each row slants in the opposite direction, giving it a herringbone pattern.

Supplies & Tools Needed

Your crochet pattern will specify the type or weight of yarn needed as well as any tools. For the purpose of this tutorial, you’ll only need a few items:

  • Yarn
  • Crochet Hook
  • Scissors

When selecting your crochet hook, simply look on the yarn manufacturer’s label to obtain the correct hook size to use with your yarn.

Instructions for Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch

The Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch is abbreviated HHDC and sometimes Hhdc or hhdc.

Foundation Chain: For the purpose of this tutorial, I crocheted a beginning chain of 23 and then HHDC in the 4th chain from the hook. This counts as the first HHDC in the row.

Step 1: Yarn over.

Step 2: Insert hook into next stitch.

Step 3: Yarn over

Step 4: Pull loop through stitch. You’ll now have three loops on your hook.

Step 5: Pull loop from Step 4 through 2nd loop on hook. You’ll now have two loops on your hook.

Step 6: Yarn over.

Step 7: Pull loop through remaining loops on hook.

Here is another look at the hhdc stitch:


  • It’s always a good idea to create a swatch and practice a stitch a few times or a few rows before beginning a new pattern.
  • Create a swatch to check your gauge. The gauge is the number of stitches or rows of stitches required to match the specified gauge in your crochet pattern.
    For example, if a gauge says, 8 rows = 4″, then you can crochet a swatch that is 20 stitches wide by 8 rows high to see if it matches the gauge.
  • You’ll typically chain 3 at the end of each row while crocheting the HHDC stitch. This chain 3 counts as the beginning stitch of the next row.
  • You can also chain 2 at the end of each row and then turn. In this case, the chain 2 does NOT count as the beginning stitch of the next row.

Video Instructions

Some people learn better by watching. Which just might explain why YouTube is so popular! Here’s a quick video demonstrating the HHDC stitch.

In fact, you’ll find a whole series of learn to crochet video tutorials on my YouTube channel. It’d be great if you’d subscribe to my channel!

How to Use the HHDC Stitch

I have used the HHDC stitch in a number of projects. I’ve crocheted afghans, potholders, scarves and even crocheted these adorable pumpkins (pattern coming soon).

Here are some more patterns using the HHDC stitch that you might want to try:

More Crochet Tutorials

If you’re interested in learning to crochet or just looking for new crochet stitches or patterns, you’ll find plenty of tutorials and patterns here on The Birch Cottage blog.

I hope you found this crochet tutorial to be helpful. If you have any questions about the herringbone half double crochet stitch or crochet in general, I’d be happy to answer them. Just leave me a comment below.

Til next time…

Pam from The Birch Cottage

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