Half Double Crochet V Stitch Free Step-by-step Tutorial

This is a free half double crochet V stitch tutorial. Learn this amazing crochet stitch and use it for your next project!

I love when functionality meets beauty and you discover a crochet stitch that is not only easy to make, but look stunning too.

I feel this is exactly what you can expect from half double crochet V stitch.

If you have a few crochet stitches under your belt, you might have guessed right! The half double crochet V stitch is just like the classic V stitch.

However, instead of using double crochet stitches you will use half double crochet stitch.

This slight change however, makes this a completely different stitch with a different finished look and feel to the fabric.


half double crochet V stitch tutorial

Half Double Crochet V Stitch Tutorial

As I mentioned above, the half double crochet V stitch is a simple variation on the classic V stitch. It is worked very similarly, however instead of dc stitches you will use hdc stitch.

Instead of working into the top loops of stitches you will be working into the 1 chain space between two half double crochet stitches.

The half double crochet V stitch works over a multiples of 2 chain stitches for the foundation chain. Or you can also say your foundation chain has to have even number of stitches.

The swatch will be framed by stand-alone hdc sts on both edges for a neater finish.


ch – chain stitch

st- stitch

hdc – half double crochet

So, for the swatch below I chained 20. We will start working into 4th chain from the hook. The first skipped 3 chain sts count as 1 hdc + skip 1 st.

Work (1 hdc, 1 ch, 1 hdc) into 4th ch from hook. You have created your first hdc V st.

first half double crochet V stitch

Miss the next chain st and work another hdc V st in next ch. Then repeat the process across the foundation row until you have 2 chain sts left. You should have 8 hdc V sts.

first row of half double crochet V stitches

Miss the next chain st and work 1 hdc into the last chain of your foundation chain. Turn your work.

last half double crochet

To start the 2nd row, you will chain 2 which counts as the first hdc stitch here and throughout the tutorial. Then work the next hdc V st into the 1 chain space of the V stitch below.

half double crochet V stitch second row

Repeat the process across the row until you reach the beginning 2 ch st from previous row, work 1 hdc into the top of beginning 2 ch. Turn your work.

end of second row

Then simply continue repeating Row 2 instructions until you reach the desired length of your project.

When To Use Half Double Crochet V Stitch?

As I mentioned above, the half double crochet V stitch creates a completely different fabric. It not only looks different, it also feels different.

So, when is a good time to use this stitch instead of the classic V stitch?

Firstly, both the classic and hdc V stitches create lacy open fabric. However, if you are looking for light and airy fabric with smaller openwork, definitely choose the half double crochet V stitch.

Due to the smaller height of hdc stitch, the finished V stitch will create smaller gaps in your fabric.

This is especially useful if you are using this stitch for garments and you do not want them to be too open and see through.

Secondly, hdc V stitch gives you a better structure to your fabric. Again this is due to the open spaces being slightly smaller.

They create a fabric that does not stretch out of proportion and keeps its original shape much better than the classic V stitch.

Thirdly, I find hdc V stitch easier to make personally. I love hdc in general, so combined with a chain space to create a lacy fabric, it is a win-win for me.

It is such a relaxing and mindless stitch pattern that is easy to make. You do not even have to be looking really as you are working into the chain spaces rather than the top loops of stitches.

I know this is also the case for the classic V stitch. However, I sometimes find working double crochet a little clumsy and not as quick as hdc.

But that is purely a personal preference.

Half Double Crochet V Stitch Project Ideas

Easy Scarf

The half double crochet V stitch is a beginner friendly scarf pattern which easy to crochet, soft but warm enough to wear on cold days.

This super cozy scarf great for gift giving to family and friends. The pattern is very simple with one row repeat.

CLICK HERE for the free pattern.

half double crochet V stitch scarf


By crocheting the Pretty in Pink Half Double Crochet Washcloth, you will be practicing the half double crochet as well as working in chain spaces and not through the actual stitch.

This is a super useful crochet project that allows you to practice the stitch as well as make something useful.

FOLLOW THIS LINK for the free pattern.

hdc V stitch washcloth

Afghan Block

This tutorial shows you how to do the stitch and how to make an 8×8″ square. You can use this afghan square for a blanket or a smaller project like a cushion cover or a handbag.

The free pattern is available ON THIS BLOG.

half double crochet V st afghan block

Final Thoughts

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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