Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Corded Hdc Edging

Here's an easy textured edging I recently developed for an upcoming free pattern:


Corded Hdc is a simple variation of the half double crochet stitch. It makes a stretchy, sturdy edging with a corded/cabled/braided look that's attractive on both sides. It's especially effective when combined with slip stitch or yarnover slip stitch:

This scarf is edged with a round of yarnover slip stitch followed by a round of Corded Hdc.

Corded Hdc Edging Videotutorial:


Corded Hdc Edging Phototutorial:


1. Hdc in the stitch where you want your edging to start.
2. Insert your hook down through the front loop and the front horizontal bar (the strand just below the front loop) of the hdc you just made, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops now on hook).
3. Insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops now on hook).
4. Yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook.

Repeat Steps 2-4 around your project, ending in the stitch just before the starting hdc. Finish with an invisible join (see video tutorial for details).

Corded Hdc Edging Tips
  • When inserting your hook into the previous stitch's front loop and front bar, you may want to place a finger onto the working loop to keep it in place.
  • Consider using a hook one or two sizes smaller when working this edging.
  • For corner spaces, 2 Corded Hdc may be enough. Experiment to see what works best for your project.
  • Since the back of the stitch is so attractive, consider working the edging with the project's WS facing you.
Can Corded Hdc be used to make crochet fabric? Yes, but the fabric may be rather stiff. You'll also have to decide which loops you want to work into: top loops or double top loops? Front loop and front bar, or back loop and back bar? Each will give a different appearance. Have fun trying!

Coming soon: a free scarf pattern that features Corded Hdc edging.

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There's not much new under the sun, including crochet stitches. I developed this one myself, while experimenting with yarn and hook, but if you've seen it somewhere else under a different name, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

Thanks for viewing, and happy crocheting!

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12 comments:

  1. What a lovely neat edging, thank you for the tutorial I will be using this technique for sure. x

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    1. Thanks Linda! I've used it a couple more times already myself. I think it's going to be a keeper. :)

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  2. The half double crochet is my FAVORITE!! Truly it is and this edging looks wonderful! Did you make it up? You are amazing, my friend!! Now, if I could only crochet as well as you do.

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    1. Thank you, Kay! I love hdc too; of all the basic stitches I think it's the most versatile and stretchy, and I love playing with variations of it. Yes, I made this up, though it's so simple it's probably been done by someone else at some point in time.

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  3. Wait, I am sorry you TOLD us you made this up! I was distracted when I was reading your post, a bird flew into my window. It's okay though, just shaken up!

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  4. This is a beautiful idea, it's like linked half-double crochet, but placing the hook through two loops rather than one. I really appreciate your creativity, I've used so many of your ideas in improving my own crochet. I just want to tell you how grateful I am!

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    1. Yes, it's definitely a type of linked hdc. Totally forgot to say that in the post. :) I like to tinker with linked stitches and see what the results are.

      Thank you for the kind words!

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  5. This is awesome! Love the edging. The scarf is very pretty, too!

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    1. Thank you! I hope to post the scarf pattern soon.

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  6. Lovely edge. It looks like it is holding forever, very trustworthy. Happy crocheting!

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    1. Thanks Regula! Happy crocheting and crafting to you. :)

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