How to Crochet the Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch (HBDC)

Recently I've been exploring some new stitches for projects and stuff. Then I came across the herringbone double crochet stitch. It's not just called the "Herringbone stitch" because there are actually two different types: herringbone double crochet, and herringbone half double crochet.

Today, I'm going to show you how to do the Herringbone Double Crochet (HBDC).


Herringbone Double Crochet stitch creates a fabric that has a distinct but subtle chevron look to it.

The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish. The great thing about this stitch is that it's reversible and looks the same on both front and back!

The chevron/arrow look of this stitch is created when these slanted stitches are worked in rows going back and forth. So this stitch does not work in rounds.

Personally, I like using a turning chain of 2 for this stitch to avoid having large holes/gaps. However, it's not uncommon to see some crocheters use a turning chain of 3.

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Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Stitches & Abbreviations


  • ch - chain
  • st - stitch
  • yo - yarn over
  • hbdc - herringbone double crochet


Stitch Instruction


Step 1: yo, insert hook into the next st
Step 2: yo, and pull through the st and the first loop on the hook
Step 3: yo, and draw through the next loop on the hook, making a chain
Step 4: yo, and draw through both loops on the hook.



Here's a little bonus pictorial for those who don't like watching videos!

Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

I hope you find this tutorial useful and don't forget to pin it on Pinterest! Also, check back and look out for my upcoming pattern using this beautiful stitch!





This is an original tutorial written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this tutorial as your own. If you wish to share this tutorial, you may link to this blog post but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell this tutorial or distribute it. 

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