Learn how to crochet the paired half double crochet stitch with this video tutorial and written pattern. View the tutorials below right here on my blog.
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About the Stitch
The paired half double crochet stitch is essentially half double crochet decreases. However, the decreases (hdc2tog) are started in a way so the rows do not shrink but instead stay the same width.
I have used this stitch for my Tea Cake Scarf, which made a nice bulky material for a warm scarf. With a bulkier yarn, the spaces between the rows do tend to be a bit bigger than what you see below.
Because of the bulk of the stitch, it would be great for hot pads if made with cotton yarn. In acrylic yarn, it would make a nice cozy blanket. You can see the slight variances
Paired Half Double Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial
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Paired Half Double Crochet Written Tutorial
Abbreviations (US terms):
Ch = chain, hdc2tog = half double crochet two together, st = stitch, YO = yarn over
Half double crochet two together: YO, insert hook into first st, pull up a loop, YO, insert hook into second st, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all loops
Row 1: Ch multiple of any number + 2, hdc2tog over 3rd and 4th ch from hook, *hdc2tog over same space as last st and the next, repeat from * across, turn Row 2: Ch 2, hdc2tog over next 2 st, *hdc2tog over same space as last st and the next, repeat from * across, ending in the beginning ch from previous row Repeat Row 2