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“How to…” Half Treble Crochet (US Half Double)

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This time we’re going to learning how to make the half – treble crochet stitch (half – double crochet in US terms).

Another of the basic crochet stitches, this stitch is really versatile. I’ve used this stitch to make blankets, add a neat border to my granny squares and to add height to my amigurumi projects (crocheted toys – including my very own avocado pattern).

For this tutorial I am using:

We will start by making a slip knot and chaining our foundation row. Chain the number of stitches required to give your desired width and then add 2 more chains – this will act as our turning chain.

Chains for half-treble = (1 x number of repeats) + 2

With your foundation chain made, you’re ready to start your blanket!

Making the Half-Treble stitch:

Step 1:

Yarn over your hook and insert into the space.

Step 2:

Yarn over the hook and pull back through the space (leaving 3 loops on your hook).

Step 3:

Yarn over pull through all 3 loops on your hook.

Making your practice piece/blanket:

Row 1:

  1. Yarn over the hook and insert into the 3rd chain from the hook.
  2. Yarn over the hook and pull back through the chain (3 loops on the hook).
  3. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.
  4. Continue working half-treble crochets along the chain, working into the very next chain each time.
  5. Once you’ve reach the end of the foundation chain, chain 2 and turn your work anti-clockwise. The chain 2 will act as your turning chain – this helps to keep a neat edge to your crochet project. The chain 2 does not count as a stitch.

Top Tip: Some patterns will suggest turning your work clockwise, I suggest (when the pattern has no preference) turning your work anti-clockwise as this gives a neater edge.

We’re now ready to start row 2.

Row 2:

  1. Yarn over the hook and insert from front to back into the top of the stitch next to your chain 2 (our chain 2 acts as our turning chain and helps to keep the sides of the blanket straight).
  2. Yarn over the hook and pull back through the chain (3 loops on the hook).
  3. Yarn over pull through all 3 loops on the hook.
  4. Continue working half-treble crochets along the chain, working into the very next stitch each time.
  5. After finishing the final stitch, chain 2 and turn your work anti-clockwise.

Row 3 onwards:

Keep repeating row 2 until you’re happy with the length of your blanket.

To finish off, after completing your final stitch, make 1 chain then cut the yarn and pull it through the chain to make a loop.

As always, i’d love to see what you all end up making, you can share them with me via my instagram @SophieStitches_UK

Happy crocheting!

Sophie

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