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Foundation Half Double Crochet like the Foundation Single Crochet stitch creates a starting row and chain all in one step. The steps to make a FHDC is as follows:
I have found that it is easier for me to hold my work sidewards and to "pinch" the chain portion of my work while completing step 4.
I am including a video tutorial and a picture tutorial for you to use. I would like to thank Moogly for the video tutorial and Playin' Hooky Designs for the picture tutorial.
I am including two patterns for you to practice this new stitch with! They are from Oombawka Design Crochet.
The first is Preemie Size Hope Hat in cotton ~ The link to the pattern is in the name, just click and the link should take you right to Oombawka Design Crochet's pattern page.
Next up is It Won't Bite! Crocodile Stitch Baby Bonnet ~ Thank you Oombawka Design Crochet for sharing these lovely patterns with us.