Learn how to do the Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch in the Back Loop Only- one of my all-time favorite stitches! It’s a great alternative to a typical slip stitch. It’s also my favorite ribbing, and favorite crochet stitch that looks like it could be knit. And it’s really simple to do!
While this stitch is different than a typical Half Double Crochet or typical Slip Stitch – you’ll see why these two stitches combined make up the name! It also goes by “Yarn Over Slip Stitch.”
Looking for more crochet stitches that look like knitting? Check out this roundup of 9 crochet stitches here!
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When to use the Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch (HdcSS)
The HdcSS is great for any time you need a stretchy fabric. It makes a dense but elastic fabric, which makes this stitch a perfect candidate for ribbing.
It can also be used for any time you want a knit-purl look without actually having to knit something! Just keep in mind that it really is very stretchy if you are using this stich for garments.
I used this stitch and others to create the beautiful texture in the Snow Drift Beanie, and to create a faux-knit ribbing in the Persephone Pullover.
Skills to Know
This is a quick stitch to learn, and is very beginner friendly! If you know how to slip stitch and half double crochet, you’ll pick it up quickly. If you are new to crochet or just need to brush up on the basics, click here for a beginner’s tutorial.
Grab any skein of yarn and your favorite hook to practice this stitch! I do recommend going up a hook size or two from what your yarn label recommends.
I’m using Lion Brand’s Hue + Me yarn in this tutorial in the color Desert. I absolutely adore this yarn – the colors are beautiful! It’s a Weight 5 wool and acrylic blend. (I used this yarn for the Hailey Headband!)
The Hue + Me yarn label recommends a size 6.5 mm hook – I’m using a 7.0mm hook for this tutorial. I highly recommend grabing a set of ergonomic hooks if you don’t have one already. Being able to easily go up or down a hook size to fit your project will change your crochet game! You can find my favorite affordable ergonomic hook set here.
Abbreviations (U.S. Terminology):
Ch = Chain
St = Stitch
Yo = Yarn Over
HdcSS = Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch (Yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop so that you have 3 loops on your hook. Pull first loop on hook through remaining 2 loops. Stitch complete. See Photo Tutorial below pattern.)
BLO = Back Loop Only (see Photo 10 in the tutorial below)
The stitch is worked in rows and is a 1 row repeat.
Turning chain does not count as a stitch.
Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch in the Back Loop Only: Pattern
Foundation: Chain any number, plus 1 for turning chain.
Row 1: HdcSS in second chain from hook and in each remaining chain.
Row 2: Chain 1 and turn work. HdcSS in BLO of each stitch across.
Repeat Row 2 to end of project.
Congrats on learning a new stitch!
Looking for more modern crochet stitch tutorials? Check out these stitch tutorials below!
- Rice Stitch tutorial
- Herringbone Single Crochet tutorial
- Waistcoat Stitch tutorial
- Crossed Double Crochet Stitch tutorial
- Moss Stitch Tutorial
- Camel Stitch Tutorial (3 methods)
Happy Stitching! – Ashley