Crochet Stitch Photo Tutorial – Forked Half Double Crochet

A photo tutorial for a solid stitch, perfect for making warm hats, strong bags, and anything that needs a tighter weave. It is like a combination of the half double and double crochet stitches, but much more visually interesting and can be worked in any number of chains or spaces!

Crochet Stitch Photo Tutorial - Forked Half Double Crochet - an easy stitch that even a beginner can do!

I used this stitch to make a baby blanket and warm winter hats, all of which I’m donating to Hooks of Hope, a chapter of the charity, Crochet for Cancer, which gives handmade crocheted hats, blankets, and loveys to those suffering from cancer. The abbreviation for the stitch, which you’ll see in written patterns, is FK HDC.

Step #1:

Chain 3

Crochet Stitch Tutorial - Forked Half Double Crochet - Step #1

 

Step #2:

Yarn over the hook, insert hook into the same space as the chain 3, and pull up the loop. There should now be 3 loops on your hook.

Crochet Stitch Tutorial - Forked Half Double Crochet - Step #2

 

Step #3:

Yarn over the hook again, insert hook into the next space (just next to the chain 3 space) and pull up a loop. There should now be 5 loops on your hook.

Crochet Stitch Tutorial - Forked Half Double Crochet - Step #3

 

Step #4:

Yarn over again, pull the loop through the first 3 loops on your hook. There should be 3 loops remaining on the hook.

Crochet Stitch Tutorial - Forked Half Double Crochet - Step #4

 

Step #5:

Yarn over the hook, pull the loop through the last 3 loops on your hook. Done!

Crochet Stitch Tutorial - Forked Half Double Crochet - Finished!

See how it forks over two stitch spaces? It almost looks like a v-stitch, or a cluster v-stitch (click on the links for both of those stitch tutorials!)

Done!

Crochet Forked Double Crochet Stitch with Variegated Yarn

See how the stitch looks different with variegated yarn? Changing colors really makes it pop, too. I really like this stitch because it’s SO easy and quick, yet still interesting. It’s also much cleaner than a straight double or half double crochet – the weave just looks neater and tighter. Here are the hats I made with it – pattern coming in just a few days!

Crochet Hats with the Forked Half Double Crochet Stitch

If doing a blanket, you’ll end the row with a double crochet at the end in the same space as the space you ended with the forked half double crochet. If making a hat, you’ll work a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3 to finish the round. Then, start at step 1 again!

Get the free pattern for this Crochet Lily Pad baby blanket using the FK HDC stitch!

Crochet Lily Pad Blanket - A Free Crochet Pattern for a Perfect, Textured Baby Blanket!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

Comments

  1. do you skip any chains inbetween or do you just start the stitch in the very next chain?

  2. Fuego Azul says:

    Ooo! Can’t wait to try this out! That is so cool that you’re donating your crocheted goods to those in need. 🙂

  3. When starting row 2 and beyond. Are u chaining 3 and inserting next stitch into same chain stitch or how is the next row started? Should the stitches in each row be stacked onto of each other or offset (like an odd count). Please advise

  4. Patricia Seaton says:

    I tried it and I like it! Thanks for a cool stitch to add to my repertoire!

  5. Loa rose Olmstead says:

    Can’t wait to make a hat and purse. Have to done the pattern yet. Love the stitch!

  6. should I chain one after each completed fhdc, I tried it and it was curling in

  7. I end each row and then use Moogly’s Standing Half-Double Crochet to start the new color. Works great! I’m not sure I need a border at all!

  8. I was SOOO confused until I saw you explain in comments that when making a new stitch, it begins in the last one completed. I kept reading the instructions under the photos and never saw that. it kept getting smaller and smaller I was so sad! hahaha Think I have it now. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  9. Sandra St. John says:

    Hi Sara,
    I was wondering if you were going to post the pattern for the hats shown in this post?

    Thanks,
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra! I have it almost ready to go, yes, that is the plan! Didn’t know if now was a good time to post it, though, since it is warm weather here in the States. So, I was trying to decide…

      • Sandra St. John says:

        Hi Sara,
        Thanks. Yes – I am in Texas and it is already getting very hot, so I understand. I was trying to use a pattern that uses a DC for the hat (with the top being HDC in round) – so I was replacing the DC with the FHDC and was just having issues on how to end and start the next row. No hurry – you have plenty of other good projects I will work on!!

        • Hi Sandra! I’m pretty sure when I made those hats I started each round with a CH 2, and started the first FKHDC in the same space as the chain. Then, at the end of the round, I worked the FKHDC in every space, even that last one, and did a SL ST to join. Does that help?

  10. I am loving this stitch! And even though the weather is warm, I want to keep my hands busy while my husband is deployed. Probably going to make one of these hats for my toddler to wear in the fall. (: I’ll try to follow the advice you gave Sandra! Looking forward to your future posts. Thanks!

  11. Hi Sara,

    Thank you for the new stitch you posted today. I hope to be able to try doing this stitch. However, I have been trying to find a “free” pattern for crocheting on a “hanger”. If you could help me out I would be very appreciative.

    Thanks,

    Patricia Lucas at lucaspjl0126@gmail.com

  12. Hi Sara,

    Do you start with a chain? How many for a baby blanket?
    I’m fairly new to crocheting and I love this stitch and would love
    to make it for my new grand-daughter

    • Yes, start with a chain for sure! I’d make a baby blanket about 36 inches across and wide or so, maybe even closer to 48 inches, depending on how you’d want to use it. Just keep chaining till you get about that long!

  13. I’m going to give this a try today for a few baby hats. Have you posted a hat pattern for this yet? I can’t tell if you worked this ‘in the round’ or not, and wondered how you handle the increases for each row until you reach the desired circumference. 🙂

  14. Hi, I’m fairly new to crochet and I’ve been doing hats using the magic circle technique. Any tips on how to work this stitch starting with a magic circle? I love this stitch, but I’ve never worked in a round before. Willing to try though!
    Thanks!

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