Anatomy Of Half Double Crochet Stitches

After our research earlier this year, I have already published 2 articles about classic & self-compensated stitches. The idea behind these 2 crocheting styles is that classic stitches are more slanted than self-compensated, which is the main reason for slanted seams.

Find explanations for Double Crochet stitches (DC) in this article –> Mystery of Slanted Seams and Crochet Stitches.

Find explanations for Single Crochet stitches (SC) in this article –> The Exception That Proves The Rule.

Just like for DC & SC, there are 2 ways to make Half Double Crochet (HDC) using YARN OVER or HOOK OVER methods:

  • CLASSIC HDC: Yarn over, insert the hook into indicated stitch, YARN OVER & pull up a loop (3 loops on the hook); yarn over & pull through all loops on the hook.
  • SELF-COMPENSATED HDC: Yarn over, insert the hook into indicated stitch, HOOK OVER & pull up a loop (3 loops on the hook); yarn over & pull through all loops on the hook.
Classic and Self-Compensated Half Double Crochet

Yarn Over versus Hook Over

Will the “magic” happen if you crochet using self-compensated HDC throughout the project? The answer is “Yes” & “No”.

HDC stitches are slanted about 2 times more compared to other stitches due to its unique construction. The extreme slanting is caused by pulling working yarn through 3 loops on the hook (loop + yarn over + loop) rather than working through the pairs of loops. Let’s look at some examples: In the picture below you can see that the seam of the Classic HDC hat base has 30° slanting angle, while the seams of the Classic SC & DC hat bases have only 15° slanting angle.

HDC slanting compared to SC and DC

Slanting Angle of Classic Stitches – HDC compared to SC and DC

Self compensated stitches will only compensate about 15° slanting angle. Which means you can manage to make a straight seam for SC or DC hat base, but that compensation is not enough to straighten up a seam in HDC hat base (see example below).

Classic HDC vs Self Compensated HDC

Slanting Angle – Classic HDC compared to Self Compensated HDC


YES” – HOOK OVER method will compensate slanting for the same amount in all kinds of stitches – SC, HDC, DC (approximately 15°angle).

NO” – HOOK OVER method will not compensate 100% of the extreme slanting in HDC stitches.

How to avoid slanted HDC seams?

You can probably find many ideas regarding this issue, but here are the easiest 2 methods to avoid slanted HDC seams:

  1. TURN after every joined round if you make something with stripes. In this case the extreme slanting will be compensated by the same amount of slanting when you work each round in the opposite direction.
  2. Work in SPIRAL rounds without joining if you do not have color changes. When there is no seam – there is no visible slanting!

Some interesting facts…

Unlike any other crochet stitches, HDC has 3 bars on top of the stitch that create a set of double-sided  V’s. The first row of front-facing V’s is pointing in the clockwise direction (or counterclockwise direction for left-handed) & the second row of back-facing V’s is pointing in the counterclockwise direction (or clockwise direction >for left-handed). Each set of front & back-facing V’s has 1 mutual bar in the middle. The front-facing V is always the one that is on right side (RS) or the work.

Front and Back Facing V - Right Hand

RIGHT HANDED Front and Back Facing V

Front and Back Facing V - Left Hand

LEFT HANDED Front and Back Facing V

To make a regular Classic or Self-Compensated HDC, we normally insert the hook under the 2 bars of the front-facing V. However, you can also improvise and create different textures by inserting the hook differently. Here are some examples and what you should know:

  • You can insert the hook under all 3 bars of HDC. This will create an unusual & very nice texture with relatively straight seam. In the example below I used HOOK OVER method (Self-Compensated HDC). Keep in mind, that your gauge will vary from the regular HDC when you insert the hook under 2 front bars.
Self Compensated HDC

Self Compensated HDC – Hook Under 3 Bars

  • You can also insert the hook under the third back-facing bar, leaving the front-facing V unworked. This method is also called “HDC in the third loop” & it creates a gorgeous knit-like texture. In the example below I used HOOK OVER method (Self-Compensated HDC) & I worked in spiral rounds without joining. The gauge will be similar to regular HDC widthwise, but shorter lengthwise…so you might need to add extra rounds.
HDC in Third Loop Method

HDC in Third Loop Method

HDC in Third Loop Method

HDC in Third Loop Method

Our article about single crochet (SC) stitches is published >> HERE <<

Our article about double crochet (DC) stitches is published >> HERE <<

Sophia the Starry Unicorn

May your Christmas be bright & starry as our NEW Sophia the Starry Unicorn!Sophia the Starry Unicorn Crochet Rug Pattern By IraRott

I had so much fun creating this pattern & I hope you will enjoy making a magical unicorn rug as well. The pattern calls for working with 3 strands of medium weight yarn (4) using hook 9 mm (M/N). Check out this article on how to work with multiple strands at once from a single skein of yarn.

Sophia the Starry Unicorn Crochet Rug Pattern By IraRott

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Eh Christmas Moose Horde

Christmas spirit is in the air & mooses mooses everywhere…I am so excited to introduce our NEW big amigurumi pattern – Eh Moose! Isn’t he just so darn cute? Eh Moose enjoys spending time by our Christmas tree along with his companion (Eh Moose Rug).

Moose Rug and Big Stuffed Animal Crochet Pattern by IraRott

Our big boy moosey is approximately 31” (78.7 cm) in sitting position or 46” (116.8 cm) including legs & antlers. Guess what? Of course….I love Bernat Blanket Yarn by Yarnspiration and it was the perfect choice for Eh Moose.

Big Moose Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by IraRott

What a cute chubby butt 🙂

Moose Big Amigurumi Crochet Pattern by IraRott

What’s better than one moose? Four moose, indeed! Our “Eh Moose” collection currently has 4 adorable crochet patterns – Big Amigurumi, Rug, Security Blanket, Hat.

Remember, you can save 20% on any 4 or more IraRott® patterns purchased together through or our Ravelry Shop 🙂

Have a Merry Moosey Christmas everyone!

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Black Friday – Cyber Monday SALE

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends! Exciting news, our Black Friday-Cyber Monday BIG SALE begins on Thursday, Nov 23 / 2017 at noon (EST).

Enjoy the 40% discount on ALL IraRott® Patterns; no coupon code required, just add one or many patterns to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

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Also, you can download our Classic Mini Bear Pattern for FREE (limited time offer)!

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This promo-sale runs from Nov 23, 2017 (12:00 EST) through Nov 27, 2017 (23:59 EST). Information about most recent promotions can be found on our Specials page.

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Please note that the discount is ONLY valid at IraRott.comOur Ravelry Shop, and Our Etsy Shop.

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Happy shopping & happy crafting!

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Full of Christmas Spirit

Hello crochet friends, I can’t believe it’s only 34 days till Christmas!

I love our NEW Eh Moose Rug under the tree…we are totally full of Christmas spirit!

Exciting news, our biggest sale of the year will begin a day before Black friday (Nov 23 at noon EST) & it will run through Cyber Monday (Nov 27, midnight EST) .

More details coming SOON at!

Moose Rug Crochet Pattern by IraRott for Christmas 2017

Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Pattern

Our newest 2017 version of Classic Teddy Bear Rug Pattern has just been released!

Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRott


  • Modern Pattern Template – IraRott 2017

  • Improved diagrams

  • New step by step photos

  • Clickable table of contents & page references throughout

  • Simplified instructions for the ears

  • New embellishing ideas (maple leaf or patch)

  • All pieces are now made from 3 strands of worsted weight yarn and this pattern is fully comparable with Bernat Blanket yarn if you wish to use a single strand.

Oooo you know how much I love Bernat Blanket yarn! 

Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRottMake this rug along with a matching teddy bear! John the Canadian bear is a super soft & cuddly big amigurumi made from Bernat Blanket yarn. Teddy bear pattern can also be found on our SITE. Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRott

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Lexington Rolling Cart Review

Being well organized is my lifestyle that I learned from my mom and perfected through the years. I appreciate technology and anything that helps me to organize my work and personal life.

When I saw this awesome Lexington Rolling Cart in Michaels, I thought that it’s a “MUST HAVE” accessory for my craft area! It was not easy to choose the color. I could easily take them all – White, Rose, Champagne, Matte Black, Mint, oh my….GRAY for me this time 🙂

What color would you go with?

Lexington Rolling Cart Review by IraRott

It only took us a few minutes to put all these pieces together with easy step-by-step instructions. I really like that this cart is made of metal rather than plastic, it is very steady and rolling easily in any direction. It also has plenty of space for tools and materials.

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I am all ready for my next project….now off to enjoy crocheting!