Half double crochet is a very common stitch, and that's why it's one of the first videos I'm setting out in this series. Height wise, half double crochet stitches measure somewhere between single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches (no surprise there). I think they look a little squatty, but in a cute way. They're solid.
I'll post about the half double crochet foundation stitch later in the week, but I thought I would post this way of crocheting first because it's probably more common. Chaining and then crocheting off of the chain has a firmer edge, and it's more likely to be used when working on hats, amigurumi, or any other project that needs to be worked in the round.
The term "half double crochet" is set out as "HDC" in patterns, and every time I see it I feel like I'm about to pull out some plumbing tools and do something incredibly difficult and complicated and probably messy. But the half double crochet stitch requires nothing more than yarn and a crochet hook, and you don't even have to clean out from underneath your kitchen sink to get started. Isn't that encouraging?!
I say this only because if I had to clean out cabinets before learning to crochet.....well, we wouldn't be here. I'm going to leave it at that.
Are you ready?
This is the part where I imagine you're probably saying "Ready!", hook in hand and bright shiny potential in your face.