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.***
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.
Step 1: Yarn over.
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.
Step 3: Draw back through stitch. You will have 3 loops on your hook.
Step 4: Yarn over and insert hook into the front loop of the next stitch.
Step 5: Yarn over.
Step 6: Draw back through the stitch. You will have five loops on your hook.
Step 7: Yarn over and draw through all five loops on hook.
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.
Here is a link to get back to the Aspen Tweed Hat pattern.
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