Thursday, 27 June 2013

Half Treble Crochet Stitches

Once you have mastered the art of how to crochet the foundation chain, the double and treble stitch, you are ready to move onto other stitches. There is the triple treble stitch, which stands quite tall, the half treble and the double treble stitch.  The clue is in the name.  A double crochet stitch is shorter than the treble crochet stitch and the quadruple treble stitch stands taller still.  You will find that the taller the stitch, the quicker your work will grow.  The smallest stitch in crochet is known as the slip stitch, and it has no height.  The purpose of this stitch is to move the crochet hook from one place to another position or for joining two pieces of work together.

How To Crochet A Half Treble (also known as Half Triple Crochet Stitch)

The half treble crochet stitch is what the name implies, which is half a treble stitch and it stands about just over half the height of the treble crochet stitch. 

Half Treble Crochet (UK) or Half double Crochet (US)
To crochet a half treble stitch, start by making some foundation chains, then wrap the yarn over the crochet hook and insert the hook into the third chain, wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw the loop through.  You should now have three loops on your crochet hook.  Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw the first loop through all the three loops together, so you only have one hoop on your crochet hook again.  You have now created your first half treble crochet stitch.

Insert your crochet hook into the next chain along, and repeat the same action again.  Work the half treble crochet stitch into each of the chains until you reach the end of the row.  Turn your work around and make two turning chains.  This turning chain represents your first half treble stitch and brings the hook to the right height to continue the next stitch.  When you insert your hook into the next space, ensure your hook is inserted underneath the ‘v’ shaped threads of the stitches below.  Continue crocheting your half treble stitches until you reach the end again, turn your work round and make two turning chains and continue working your next row along.

The half treble stitch is shown in abbreviated terms as ‘htr’ in a crochet pattern.

For a demonstration of how to do a half treble crochet stitch, view the YouTube video shown below.

The half treble stitch is commonly used in lots of crochet patterns and is quite easy to learn.

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