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Saturday, February 5, 2011

How to work Half Triple (htr) and Half Double Treble (hdtr)

I'm sure you've heard of the half double crochet (hdc), which forms kind of a bridge between a sc and dc. When I was working on Crochet That Fits, and making garments with my Graduated Stitch Method (trademarked), I didn't want to go straight from a dc to a tr, or go from a tr to a dtr, so I said why not do a htr and a hdtr, as a bridge to the next st? ? I had never heard of those sts like I had heard of hdc, so I asked some older crochet designers  if they had heard of those sts. They are designers who have been crocheting longer than me (more than 40 yrs) so they helped me a great deal when they said they'd heard of the sts maybe once but also said you can't find crochet patterns with these sts. (bridge sts I call them) Below are instructions on how to work some of the taller sts that are used in Crochet That Fits. You may or may not be familiar with the triple (treble) crochet and the double treble, but even if you are experienced in crochet, you may have never heard of a half triple crochet or a half double treble. These 2 stitches help tremendously in making shaped garments.I'll try to post diagrams of these stitches later.

To work half double crochet (hdc): yo once, insert hook from front to back in stitch or space indicated, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through all 3 lps on hook.
To work half triple crochet (htr): yo twice, insert hook from front to back in st or sp indicated, yo and draw yarn through st, (4 lps on hook), yo and draw yarn through 2 lps on hook, (3 lps on hook), yo and draw yarn through all 3 lps on hook.
To work triple crochet (tr): Yo hook (twice), insert hook from front to back in st or sp indicated, yo, draw yarn through st (3 lps on hook), yo, draw yarn through 2 lps on hook (3 lps remain on hook), yo, draw yarn through 2 lps on hook (2 lps remain on hook), yo, draw through 2 lps on hook
To work half double treble (hdtr): yo three times, insert hook from front to back st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a lp (five lps on hook), yo and draw through two lps, (four lps on hook), yo and draw through two lps (three loops on hook.), yo and draw through three lps on hook.
To work double treble (dtr):yo three times, insert hook from front to back in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a lp (five lps on hook), yo and draw through two lps, (four lps on hook), yo and draw through two lps (three loops on hook.), yo and draw through two lps. (two lps on hook.) , yo and draw through two lps.

3 comments:

  1. This is a terrific idea for a post. I think most crocheters are too familiar with these stitches and yet they seem like they could really add a lot of options to your work.

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  2. I definitely agree. Ever since I started using these stitches, I have wondered why nobody else talks about them or uses them in patterns. It just makes sense to me!

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  3. Can you add which chain in the foundation to start in (ie. how many chains from the hook) and how many turning chains to do for the half triple and the half double treble

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