Special Stitch For The Aspen Tweed Hat

Half Double Crochet Two Together (hdc2tog) Photo Tutorial

This tutorial is not for the traditional half double crochet 2 together stitch that uses both loops on both stitches. You are still creating a decrease in stitches, but this special stitch uses the front loop of the first stitch and the back loop of the next stitch or vice versa. It’s used in the pattern called the Aspen Tweed Hat.

***Please remember that the written instructions for the Aspen Tweed Hat will indicate whether you need to start in the front loop or the back loop. Whichever you start in, you will do the opposite for the second stitch of the decrease.***

The yarn used in this example is Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA in Aspen Tweed. The hook that I’m using is a Boye N (9.00 mm) crochet hook.

You will need to know which loops are the front loops and which are the back loops. The front loop is closest to you. The back loop is furthest away from you.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

Step 1: Yarn over.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

Step 2: Insert your hook into the indicated loop of the next stitch. In this case we are starting with the back loop. Yarn over.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

Step 3: Draw back through stitch. You will have 3 loops on your hook.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

Step 4: Yarn over and insert hook into the front loop of the next stitch.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

 

Step 5: Yarn over.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

Step 6: Draw back through the stitch. You will have five loops on your hook.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

Step 7: Yarn over and draw through all five loops on hook.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

 

Finished.

Because you are alternating front loop and back loop stitches in keeping with the pattern, you are able to hide the decrease within the highly textured fabric.

This is the special stitch necessary for the Aspen Tweed Hat crochet pattern. It is a photo tutorial. This stitch utilizes the front and back loops rather than working with both loops.

Here is a link to get back to the Aspen Tweed Hat pattern.

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