The Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch is my go-to stitch for texture when I want a solid fabric. There’s only one small change between this stitch and a typical half double crochet, and once you get it down it’s super easy! Add interest to your crochet projects with this simple stitch!
Continue reading for more info. on the stitch, or scroll down for the free Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch tutorial.
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When to use the Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch
This stitch gives a modern look to crochet blankets, garments, pillows, and wall hangings. It doesn’t have “holes” often associated with crochet pieces which is why it works so well for tops and sweaters! And it has a beautiful, modern look to it.
The edges of your piece do tend to look wavy, or scalloped, due to the nature of the stitch, but because they are consistent this doesn’t bother me. And you won’t see it if you stitch pieces together for a garment, or add a border or fringe to your blanket.
If you want even more texture or want to define the “herringbone” look more, try rows of Herringbone Half Double Crochet in the front loop only!
Looking for patterns with the Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch? The Cassidy Sampler Baby Blanket includes this stitch and 4 other special stitches! You can find all the info for the baby blanket pattern here.
I do have two free patterns using the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch – which is very similar to this stitch but works up just a bit faster. You can find the Hailey Herringbone Headband pattern here and the Patton Throw pattern here.
Skills to Know
If you know basic crochet skills like how to crochet in rows and how to do a typical Half Double Crochet, you can easily learn this stitch. If you need a refresher, click here for a beginner’s tutorial.
If you have trouble knowing where to place your last stitch of each row, use a stitch marker! Place the marker in the first stitch of your row. Then as you’re working back across the next row, you’ll know to place your last stitch in the stitch with the marker.
Grab a skein of yarn and the yarn’s recommended hook size to try this stitch! If you’re having trouble getting this stitch down, try going up a hook size or two.
I’m using Lion Brand’s Hue + Me yarn in this tutorial in the color Haze. It’s a bulky/ weight 5 wool and acrylic blend. The colors in this line of yarn are absolutely beautiful and flow together so well! (I used this yarn for the Hailey Headband)
The Hue + Me yarn label recommends a size 6.5 mm hook – I’m using a 8.0mm hook for this tutorial. I do recomend trying this stitch with a larger hook size until you get it down.
I also recommend grabbing 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
HbHDC = Herringbone Half Double Crochet (Yo, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop so that you have 3 loops on your hook. Pull first loop on your hook through second loop on your hook. You will have two loops remaining on your hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops. Scroll down for photo tutorial.)
The Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch is worked in rows and is a 1 row repeat.
Turning chain does not count as a stitch.
See photo tutorial below pattern.
Herringbone Half Double Crochet Pattern
Foundation: Chain any number plus 1 for the turning chain.
Row 1: HbHDC in second chain from hook, HbHDC in each chain remaining.
Row 2: Chain 1 and turn work (Chain 1 does not count as stitch), HbHdc in first stitch and each stitch across.
Repeat Row 2 to end of project.
Herringbone Half Double Crochet – Photo Tutorial
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
- Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch tutorial
- Camel Stitch tutorial (3 methods)
Happy Stitching! – Ashley