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Herringbone Half Double Crochet Washcloth

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If you’re tired of basic crochet stitch washcloths, it’s time to try something new. The herringbone half double crochet stitch adds a unique, diagonal texture that’s both fun to crochet and looks beautiful!

The Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch creates a lovely texture and is perfect for washcloths that need a little extra scrubbing power. And with a little practice, you’ll find that the stitch is just as easy to work up as the basic half double crochet stitch!

About the Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch (HHDC)

The HHDC stitch is a simple variation of the basic half double crochet. To make a herringbone half double crochet stitch, follow these steps: yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over again, pull up a loop and pull the same loop through the first loop on your hook. You’ll have two loops on your hook now. Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook. You can watch the video demonstration of the stitch below.

The herringbone half double crochet stitch is considered an easy stitch, but it may feel a bit awkward at first, especially since you need to pull the same loop up and through another loop on your hook. This step can slow down your speed a little bit. But once you’ve practised the stitch a few times and become more familiar with the technique, it becomes much easier to work with.

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Steps

  • Step 1: Yarn over.
  • Step 2: Insert hook into the stitch.
  • Step 3: Yarn over.
  • Step 4: Pull up a loop and pull that same loop through the first loop on your hook.
  • Step 5: You’ll have two loops on your hook now.
  • Step 6: Yarn over and pull through both loops.
  • Step 7: Herringbone half double crochet stitch complete.

Step 4 Quick Tip: If you’re finding it difficult to pull through the loop on your hook in Step 4, there is a way to make it easier. You can break down this step into two parts. Pull up a loop and gently pull all three loops up to make them slightly longer. This creates some space under your hook, which will make the next step easier! Next, grab the first loop that you just pulled up and pull it through the middle one that’s on your hook. Make sure to twist your hook down at the same time so it passes through the loop easily.

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I hope this little tip helps to make the herringbone half double crochet stitch easier for you! If you need more clarity, be sure to check out the short video demonstration of this stitch below!

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Video Demonstration

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, the herringbone half double crochet stitch is easy to learn and a fun way to experiment with. So, to practise this beautiful stitch some more, let’s make a washcloth you can use in your kitchen or bathroom! With a little practice, you’ll be able to master this stitch and use it to create a wide range of crochet projects, from washcloths to blankets and beyond.

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So grab your crochet hook, and let’s get started on these herringbone crochet washcloths!

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Washcloth Pattern

Difficulty level


Finished Size

8″ x 8″ (20cm x 20cm)


Any worsted weight cotton yarn #4 (Aran/10ply) approx. 100yds/90m.

Crochet hook: 5mm (H)

Yarn needle, scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch = chain

St = stitch

Sl St = slip stitch

HDC – half double crochet

HHDC = Herringbone half double crochet

Washcloth Pattern Notes

  • This washcloth can be made in any size. Chain any number of chains to make it bigger or smaller and work any number of rows needed to create a square.
  • Ch 1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • You have the option to add a border to your washcloth. For example, I made one washcloth in green with white stripes on both sides that doesn’t have a border, while the other one does.

Crochet Herringbone Washcloth Instructions

Ch 33 (or any number for your desired size).

Row 1: Work a HHDC in the third Ch from your hook and each Ch across the row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2-28 or your desired size: HHDC in first St and across the row. Ch 1 and turn.

To make stripes on each side, as you see in the photo above: Change to White colour in rows 5-6 and 23-24. So you’ll have four rows in Green on both sides, then two rows of White.

Border (optional)

Distribute 29 HHDC stitches evenly around each side. Place 3 HHDC stitches in each corner.

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Done 🙂

I hope you enjoyed learning the herringbone half double crochet stitch and making a washcloth using this technique. Using the herringbone stitch in your crochet projects is a great way to add some interesting texture to your crochet work. I like this stitch because it creates such a symmetrical pattern. You can use this stitch to make blankets, scarves, gloves, washcloths and more.

If you find the herringbone half double crochet stitch a bit tricky at first, don’t worry. It just takes some practice to get the hang of it. But with a bit of patience and persistence, you’ll soon be able to crochet beautiful herringbone patterns with ease. So keep on practising, and you’ll get there in no time!

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2 replies on “Herringbone Half Double Crochet Washcloth”

Your herringbone half double crochet washcloths are a great quick project! Your photo tutorial and video tutorial are both very clear and easy to follow. Thank you for linking up at our weekly Link Party! You are being featured at our Wednesday
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