Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stitch Swatch Sampler Swatch 13: Herringbone Half Double Crochet


Herringbone Half Double Crochet

 This stitch will add an interesting texture to your finished project.  You may find it a bit fiddly to do, but the texture it creates just may be worth it.  Give it a try and see!  It is created similarly to the half double crochet, but instead of working a yarn over, drawing a loop through the stitch, and then drawing a new loop through the remaining stitches on the hook, the loop that has been drawn up in the stitch is drawn through the first loop on the stitch, then a new loop is drawn through the remaining 2 loops.  See instructions below.

Ch 14 (multiple of 1, plus 2 turning chains)
Row 1:  HBhdc in 4th ch  and in each st across row.  Turn work.  12 sts.
Row 2:  Ch 2 (counts as st), HBhdc in next st and in each st across row.  Turn work.
Rep Row 2 until piece measures 4 inches.

To work the Herringbone Half  Double Crochet:  Yo, draw up loop in st, immediately draw loop through first loop on hook, yo and draw through last 2 loops on hook.

Abbreviations:  Ch  chain  HBhdc  Herringbone half double crochet  st  stitch  Rep  repeat  
                           yo  yarn over

Herringbone Half  Double Crochet Pro Tips:

·              When turning the work, turn the right edge of the swatch to the back, then to the left.  This seems to create a smoother edge on almost every stitch I have tried.
·                Note that, unlike most other stitches we have done, you do not yo after drawing the loop through the stitch of the previous row.  Just draw that same loop through the first of the two loops on the hook, then yo and draw through the two remaining loops.
·                 Experiment with the position of your hook as you draw it through the stitch and the first loop on the hook.  It may be possible to find just the right position to do this in one fluid swoop; otherwise, draw through the stitch and the loop on the hook in separate motions.  I find that turning the hook so the opening faces the previous stitch is the most advantageous position.


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