How to Crochet: Initial Half Double Crochet Without a Starting Chain

By Candace – 7 Comments

Forgoing the turning chain in crochet helps when the chains make your edges unsightly. Making an hdc without a starting chain is fairly simple once you get the hang of it. It will have your edges looking neater in no time.

To see left-handed views, hover over the picture with your mouse.

Pull the chain on your hook up to a little more than hdc height and hold the loop to the hook. The arrow in the picture points to the front half of the loop.

Wrap the front half of the chain around the hook. (You will have 2 loops on the hook.)

Yarn over. (3 loops on the hook)

Yarn over and pull through all three loops.

That’s it! If you need any help, leave a comment below.

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  1. martha says:

    So you don’t put another chain on the hook, you just wrap the first chain around the hook again?

  2. Varsha suraiya says:

    Wow! That is cool and looks easy .I must try it soon.tks!

  3. FleurBelge says:

    Merci beaucoup for this great technique! It allways is good to learn new ways for basics in crochet, once learned , allawys in pratice, merci for the sharing

  4. Pia says:

    Silly question but do you use this technique only if the next stitch is a hdc? What would you do if the next stitch is a dc, sc, etc? Thanks

  5. Rose Rowton says:

    Where do I get this pattern. I like it very much.

  6. Patricia says:

    There is so much to learn about crochet on your website,
    and I am enjoying your info, patterns, & replies so much.

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