Joining new yarn with a single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) and double crochet (dc) are techniques that you’ll find in most, if not all, of my designs. These techniques keep your sts more uniform than joining new yarn w/ a sl st. There are several instances in which these are helpful, but the following are a couple of the most common:
- Instead of slip stitching “X” sts over to a designated st, fasten off, weave in ends and then join w/ a sc/hdc/dc in that st.
- When making an earflap hat, some patterns will have you fasten off after working the beanie and then join in a specific st to work each earflap.
- Joining yarn of a new color.
Joining New Yarn w/ a Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Step 1 (photo above left): Begin w/ a slip knot on your hook and yarn over (yo).
Step 2 (photo above right): Insert hook into designated st.
Step 3 (photo above left): YO, pull up a loop.
Step 4 (photo above right): YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Join w/ hdc complete.
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