Crochet techniques: HDC in the 3rd loop

I fell in love with this technique. A few months ago I made a beanie for myself, with Double Crochet (DC) in the 3rd loop. It looks pretty, it is a good technique for spring-summer slouchy hats, but a beanie worked with half double crochet (HDC) in the 3rd loop looks even more pretty.

The finished product looks like it’s knitted and it’s very flexible. I just love how this technique looks. I even made several other beanies and mittens, soon to feature on this blog.

How does it work? You make regular HDC in the loop that is below the backloop. I made the hat working in the round, because I really do not like to see where a row begins and ends.

hdc in the 3rd loop beanie

Last month I made a black, basic beanie (with a matching beard) using just HDC in the 3rd loop. The beanie looks amazing:


Here is a cowl I made using just HDCs in the 3rd loop:


Isn’t it pretty?

Moogly has an excellent video tutorial for this type of technique and you can also learn how to make a slouchy beanie.

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