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Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC) Tutorial

When you work with a large project, having a long chain is... how can I say this? ANNOYING? Working a chainless foundation half double crochet is a great alternative. You can do this with double crochets and single crochets as well. See links below!

Not only is this a great alternative, the finished product has a better stretch so this is great for my beanies! The Johnson Slouch Beanie uses the FHDC to start on the brim (photo above).

Gather your materials and let's get started!


  • Any weight yarn | I'll be using Super Bulky by Lion Brand, Hometown USA

  • Use whatever size hook is recommended with your yarn size | In the video, I'm using a handmade double ended hook from Heart Sprinkle

  • Yarn Needle

  • Scissor


ch - Chain

st(s) - Stitch(es)

yo - yarn over

hdc - half double crochet

Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC) Pattern:

Step 1: Ch2, yo, insert hook into first ch, pull up a loop,

Step 2: yo, pull through 1 loop (this creates the foundation ch),

Step 3: yo, pull through 3 loops on hook (this creates the hdc st)

Step 4: yo, insert hook into the foundation ch st, pull up a loop

Step 5: yo, pull through 1 loop (foundation st)

Step 6: yo, pull through 3 loops on hook (hdc st)

Repeat Steps 4-6 for as many hdc sts as needed.

To start working in the round:

Sl st to first hdc st to join careful not to twist sts. Use tail to sew bottom end.



Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC) Tutorial (available soon!)



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This tutorial on the Foundation Half Double Crochet is really helpful! I appreciate the clear step-by-step instructions and the additional resources provided. The finished product sounds like it would be great for beanies - the improved stretch is a nice bonus. I'll have to give this technique a try. Thanks for sharing your expertise! On a side note, have you ever taken the rice purity test? I hear it's quite an experience.

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