Herringbone Half double crochet 12" square | Free Crochet Pattern | 2019 Stash Busting CAL | The Unraveled Mitten

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Today’s the day, the first square of our 2019 Stash Busting Sampler Afghan is here! The first square features the herringbone half double crochet stitch (Hbhdc).

This crochet stitch is a fun little twist on the traditional half double crochet , the stitches end up with a slant and when you work it back and forth in rows it creates an arrow shape. The fabric it creates it pretty smooth but the “arrows” give it lots of interest.

Related post: Announcing the 2019 Stash-Busting Sampler Afghan CAL

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Herringbone Half double crochet 12" square | Free Crochet Pattern | 2019 Stash Busting CAL | The Unraveled Mitten

How to Herringbone Half Double Crochet

When you crochet a herringbone half double crochet there is only step that is different from a traditional half double crochet. To make a hbhdc, yarnover and insert your hook into the stitch. Yarnover again and instead of pulling it through just the stitch, your’e going to pull it through the stitch AND the first loop on your hook. Then you’ll complete it by doing another yarnover and pulling through both of the loops on your hook. Its pretty easy and quick once you get the hang of it.

I was going to make a photo step by step of the the stitch but I thought I would throw together a quick little video instead! I try and do a quick video tutorial for each of our squares. They will all be posted on my Facebook Page and I will also share them into my Facebook Group.

Click here to see the Herringbone Half Double Crochet Video on Facebook

If you want to see this stitch in action, check out this pattern!

You do You!

For this square I used 2 different colors. I was going to just do a solid color but then I thought it would be fun to make it color-blocked. Feel free to experiment with your square!! Stripes, solid, 2 colors, 3 colors; it’s all up to you. I can’t wait to see them. Hop on over to the group on Facebook and share them!

I also thought it would be fun to make a little hashtag to use on Instagram if that’s your jam. I came up with #2019StashBustingCAL. I thought this would be a fun way for us to see all the squares together… and who knows yours might even make an appearance in my Insta-stories!

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  • 135 yds of #4/worsted weight yarn, I used Bernat Super Value and Red Heart Super Saver
  • 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors

Gauge and Sizing

  • Gauge: 7 sts x 6 rows = 2 inches in herringbone half double crochet
  • Finished: 12”x12”


  • I use US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Hbhdc: herringbone half double crochet
  • St(s): Stitch(es)
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Sl St: slip stitch

Special Stitch

Herringbone half double crochet: Yo (yarnover), insert hook into indicated st. Yo, pull through st and 1st loop on hook. Yo, pull through 2 loops. See video above if needed.


  • Ch 1 does not count as a st
  • You can use any number of chains just like a regular hdc to make this bigger or smaller.
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Row 1: Ch 38, hbhdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn

Row 2-33: Ch 1, hbhdc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn.

On last row, do not turn.


Rnd 1: Ch 1, Sc evenly around your square placing 3 sc in each corner space. Join with sl st to 1st sc.

Repeat Rnd 1 until your square measures 12”x12”. I did 3 rounds for mine.

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Herringbone Half Double Crochet 12" square | Free Crochet Pattern | 2019 Stash Busting CAL | The Unraveled Mitten

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  1. Hello, I am sorta of a beginner. I have a question. When it says to hdbc in the same stitch as chain 1 would I be doing the hdbc in the chain 1 itself or into stitch 37 from the previous row?

    And when turning, would I take my hook out and turn it the correct way to avoid twisting the yarn for the next row? Or keep my hook in, turn, and then chain 1?

  2. Deb Carlson says:

    very late in joining but looking forward to using my stash to make a blanket for charity

    1. Glad to have you Deb!

  3. Angela Prescott says:

    Check to make sure you are doing the row of single crochet in between the bobble rows

    1. Angela Prescott says:

      Oops thought you were talking about the square #2. Sorry

  4. Gloria james says:

    Ok what am I doing wrong when I chain one and go into same stitch with the herringbone double crochet it seems to be backwards not on same side as the first row am I doing it wrong?

    1. Do you mean the stitch looks backwards? I think your doing it right. When you turn and go to the next row the stitch will look like it leans opposite of the row below.

  5. Susan Looney says:

    Hello! I am doing your CAL in DK. I’m using a 5mm hook and measuring as I go to get the correct size. Have you any other advise for me doing this in DK? I’d really appreciate it,
    Sue x

  6. I guess I a loose Crocheter because my 32 rows was almost 12 inches so what do I do?

    1. Just stop when your square is square and do the border. Its perfectly fine to leave off some rows. 🙂

  7. pinned it. Will try it soon! pretty stich

  8. CrochetCarie says:

    Nice CAL. I’ve already completed the first square. Question though, how do you plan on joining the squares? There doesn’t seems to be a set amount of stitches on the sides of the square for joining.

  9. Sadly, I was not able to watch your video. I do not do Facebook — don’t trust it with my information. Perhaps after posting on Facebook, you could put a copy on YouTube like Bonnie Hunter does with her QuiltCam videos.

  10. @Alexis Himsieh……I email the instructions to myself or I pin it on my Pinterest. Hope this helps.

  11. Alexis Himsieh says:

    How can I save your videos to watch later?

  12. 7stitches and6 rows equals how many inches?

    1. Its supposed to be 2 inches.

    2. Thanks, I am excited to work on this project. Looking forward to try new stitches.

  13. Question, maybe a silly one but I see the gauge says 7st by 6 rows but I don’t see how big it should measure if that makes sense?

    1. Its 2 inches, I’ll add that in.

  14. I just started crocheting and I hope I can keep up. Could you tell me about how many squares we will be should be making?

    1. There will be 24 in total. Each square will feature a different stitch.

  15. Sarah Lopata says:

    Where is the video?

    1. Scroll up, it’s in the January 16, 2019 post showing how to do the stitch for the first block. Have fun!

  16. M'Lisse Haas says:

    So excited for this! The video is perfect and especially helpful as I am new and learning stitches. My 2019 challenge. Thanks!

  17. Valori Dauma says:

    Good morning, I watched your video, my first time watching one of yours. It was fabulous! Honestly! I’ve been crocheting for 36 years so rarely watch any, but for some reason felt compelled to watch yours. You have excellent teaching skills! Very clean and clear, never blocking with your hands, and showing the stitch slowly multiple times. I’m impressed!

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