How to Crochet: Half Double Crochet Decrease

By Rachel Choi – 21 Comments

Decrease are different depending on the stitch are you working with. If you are working with single crochets, you may want to make a single crochet decrease, or if you are using double crochet you may want to do a double crochet decrease. This tutorial will show you how to do a decrease for half double crochet (hdc) stitches. To do a half double crochet decrease, you must do the the following: (yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop) 2 times, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.

Below are step by step pictures for the instructions. This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.

Step 1: Starting with a small piece of work to practice on, yarn over.

Step 2: Insert hook into next stitch.

Step 3: Yarn over.

Step 4: Pull up a loop.

Step 5: Yarn over.

Step 6: Insert hook into next stitch.

Step 7: Yarn over.

Step 8: Pull up a loop.

Note: If you are working the decrease over more than 2 stitches, repeat steps 5 – 8 until the required number of stitches is worked. Then continue with steps 9 – 10.

Step 9: Yarn over.

Step 10: Pull through all 5 loops on hook.
Note: if you worked the decrease over more than 2 stitches, then you’ll have 1 more loop on your hook for each additional stitch worked. Be sure to pull through all loops on hook.

Congrats! You just complete 1 half double crochet decrease!
What this helpful? Do you need more help? Let me know!

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  1. Rachel says:

    Yay! I love your crochet tutes! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  2. Bananas says:

    this is funny, I just got a crochet book thats -I think- one of the most complete instructional books, the only down side is that it doesn’t show how to decrease any of the stitches, so here I am look at your web page and the first one I see is How to drecrease a HDC. Thanks for all of your wonderful tutorials.

  3. Jojo480 says:

    In the middle of a sweater and didn’t know how to half double crochet decrease. Not in my “Learn How” book. Thanks!!!

  4. Dana says:

    Thank you so much. This was very helpful. I’m so grateful to people like you who share their knowledge.

  5. JLM says:

    your tutorials are so easy to follow! thank you!!

  6. Becky says:

    Perfect! Easy to follow. Thanks a ton!

  7. Naomi says:

    Great tutorial thanks and it is very clever how you have made for left handers, I took great pains to teach my sister years ago. She was left handed.

  8. DK says:

    I have been searching for instructions on HDC decrease for about an hour and a half with no luck. Thank goodness I found this site as I was getting frustrated. Thank you for the simple tutorial, you made my day!

  9. Virginia says:

    Cool pictures! Very clear! I love how you have the pictures turn to lefty when you mouse over them! Would that all tutorials were that clear and clever!

  10. Patty says:

    I never leave comments, but was so impressed with the clarity of your tutorial that I had to express my appreciation. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with such clear instructions and wonderful pictures. What a help when you are in the middle of a project and don’t know what to do!

  11. Robin says:

    Excellent directions!

  12. Mema says:

    Very easy to follow instruction!!! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  13. Michele says:

    Hi There, I am trying to do snow kissed slippers and have come across a row that I don’t totally understand, it reads hdc in next 10 sts, which I understand, then it reads (hdc dec in next 2 sts) 2 times hdc in next 11 sts, ch 2 turn. I don’t totally understand the stuff in brackets.
    The following part is what I don’t understand (hdc dec in next 2 sts) 2 times, I am not sure what the 2 times means???
    If someone can explain a little I would greatly appreciate. I am just about done the one slippers.

  14. Michele says:

    Hello Rachel, Thanks for your answer, but I am still confused. So with the way it is written, does it mean that you will end up with 4 hdc Dec.,because it says (hdc Dec in next 2 sts) 2 times.

  15. Jacki says:

    I found this to be very helpful. Thank you !!!!!!

  16. katie says:

    How do I decrease just one stitch. My pattern says Dec one stich on each end..

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Katie! If you are using hdc stitches, then you would make the decrease just like it shows in this tutorial. When you crochet the two stitches together, like this tutorial shows, you are decreasing by 1 stitch.

  17. Beverly says:

    Love this website – directions very easy and photos fantastic – thanks!

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