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Picking Up Chain Stitches and Half Double Crochet: A Beginner's Guide


Hello, crochet beginners! Today, we'll explore two essential techniques: picking up chain stitches and the half double crochet stitch. These foundational skills are perfect for creating various projects. So, grab your hook and some glow yarn, and let's get started!

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook: Choose a size that suits your yarn.
  • Glow Yarn: Adds a unique and vibrant touch to your work.
  • Scissors: For trimming your yarn.
  • Tapestry Needle: To weave in the ends.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Starting with a Chain Stitch

  • Begin with a slip knot on your hook.
  • Yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook to create your first chain stitch.
  • Continue this process until you have a foundation chain of the desired length.

2. Picking Up Chain Stitches

  • Insert your hook into the desired chain stitch.
  • Yarn over and pull through the chain, leaving a loop on the hook.
  • Repeat this process across the row, maintaining an even tension.

3. Half Double Crochet (HDC)

  • Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch (for the first HDC, it's usually the third chain from the hook).
  • Yarn over again and pull through the stitch (you should have three loops on your hook).
  • Yarn over once more and pull through all three loops on the hook. This completes one half double crochet stitch.
  • Repeat this process for each stitch across the row.

Tips for Beginners

  • Practice: The more you practice, the more consistent your stitches will become.
  • Tension: Keep an even tension to ensure uniform stitches.
  • Patience: Take your time and enjoy the process of learning.


Great job! You've learned how to pick up chain stitches and create half double crochet stitches. These techniques will open up a world of possibilities for your crochet projects. Stay tuned for more beginner-friendly crochet tutorials, and happy crocheting!

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