Today I have another crochet basics lesson for you. If you missed the first one, you can find it here. You'll want to check that one out to learn how to get your yarn on the hook, chain, and do the single stitch. Today's lesson builds on those skills.
The half double crochet stitch is my personal favorite. It's compact enough to be very warm, but it 's also loose enough to create a much softer and more flexible material than single crochet.
You will want to cast on and chain your foundation the same way we did last time. The only difference is, this time you will want to chain 36 instead of 35 because you will need two stitches for the height of your first half double crochet.
To begin the stitch, yarn over before you put your hook through the third chain.
Yarn over and pull the loop back through the chain. You should have three loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through all three loops loops. You should have one loop on your hook.
Continue this pattern in each chain until you reach the end of the row.
Once you have made the 34th half double crochet, chain two. This will become your first stitch for the second row. Yarn over and put your hook through the first open stitch as shown above.
When you get to the last stitch on your second row, you will need to stretch your work just a bit to see where to insert your hook. After you've made the 34th stitch, chain two and turn your work.
Continue this pattern until you have completed 35 rows. Finish your cloth the same way we did in our first lesson.