How do you count half double crochet stitches?

What is the difference between half double crochet and double crochet?

The half double crochet (abbreviated hdc) is kind of an oddball stitch. The half double crochet falls in between a single crochet and a double crochet in height, but instead of working off two loops at a time, you draw the yarn through three loops on the hook.

Why do I keep losing stitches in crochet?

A major cause of stitch loss is failing to put a stitch into the last stitch of the row. … The easiest way to be sure that you have stitched the complete row is to keep count, but when you’re a beginner, with so many things to think about, that can be one stage too far.

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