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The Tide Pool Crochet Stitch is a wonderfully easy stitch that creates a solid fabric with a subtle texture!

Not too long ago I was looking for a subtle texture to work in a pattern I was working on that used a super bulky weight yarn.  Because of the thickness of the super bulky weight yarn I didn’t want something too textured, but I also did not want to work rows of single, half or double crochet stitches.  The combination, however, of working simple half double crochet stitches, but staggering them in the front and back loops only was perfect!

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A subtly textured crochet stitch pattern featuring half double crochet stitches worked in the front and back loops

It’s amazing what a little staggering of stitches in the front and back loops only of the stitches below can do! It gives the half double crochet stitch a completely different look and feel.  I could see this stitch worked in many different projects including my favourite crochet hats and blankets!

Materials for this Tutorial:

For this tutorial today I will be using a small amount of Pima Cotton Yarn by Lion Brand Yarn in a single colour. It is a worsted weight yarn. The hook shown in the video below is a 5 mm birchwood crochet hook by Rowan Yarns.  However you may use any hook and yarn combination you choose, even experiment with colour!

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The Tide Pool Stitch:

Stitches and Abbreviations:

Blo – Back Loop Only

Ch – Chain

Flo – Front Loop Only

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Rpt – Repeat

Sk – Skip

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Yo – Yarn Over

Pattern Notes:


This stitch is worked in rows in this tutorial. You may work the stitch in one colour or many.  I will be working the design in a solid colour.

To begin, make a slip knot and then chain your desired number of chains.  For this stitch pattern you will need an even number of stitches for your foundation chain.

For example, ch 20.

Row One:

Hdc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch st across.  Ch 1, turn.

Row Two:

Hdc in the blo of the 1st st, *hdc in the flo of the next st, hdc in the blo of the next st; Rpt from * across ending with a hdc in the flo of the final st.  Ch 1, turn.

And it’s that easy!

This pattern is a one row repeat.  So for the rest of the pattern simply repeat row two.  Fasten off, weave in your ends and enjoy!

Video Tutorial:

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