How to Half Triple Crochet

Are you looking to dive into the world of crochet and amp up your projects with some beautiful, intricate stitchwork? Half triple crochet is the perfect addition to learning to get creative in all your crocheting endeavors. This seemingly simple stitch gives fantastic texture and style and can turn even a beginner project into something extraordinary. When completed, it has an almost basket-weaving pattern, bringing so much life to any item you create.

How to Half Triple Crochet

This stitch not only looks more complicated than other basic stitches but actually provides another layer of complexity as well! Just follow these easy steps, and you’ll be half triple crocheting in no time.

Learning this new technique isn’t as daunting as it may seem; read on for our step-by-step guide on how to half triple crochet.

What Will You Need?

To get started on your half triple crochet journey, you will need the following:

  1. Yarn of your choice
  2. Crochet hook (depending on the yarn weight)
  3. Scissors
  4. Knowledge of basic crochet stitches like chain stitch and double crochet.

That’s it! You’re ready to start learning how to half triple crochet!

10 Easy Steps on How to Half Triple Crochet

Step 1: Foundation Chain

First, start with a foundation chain of any number of stitches. For practice purposes, we recommend creating a chain of 20 stitches if you’re following a pattern, chain the number of stitches specified in the instructions.

Step 2: Yarn Over and Insert Hook

Begin by looping the yarn over your crochet hook from back to front – a yarn over (yo). Then, insert your hook into the fourth chain from your hook. Ensure your hook goes under the top loop and over the bottom loop of the chain stitch. This initial skipping of chains is to provide the height necessary for a half triple crochet stitch.

Ensure Your Hook Goes Under the Top Loop

Step 3: Yarn Over and Pull Through

After inserting the hook into the chain stitch, carry another yarn over (yo) and pull the yarn through the chain stitch. You should now have three loops on your crochet hook. This forms the base for your half triple crochet stitch. It’s essential to maintain a steady hand and even tension on the yarn during this step to ensure a clean stitch.

Step 4: Yarn Over and Pull Through Two Loops

Now, yarn over (yo) once again. With the three loops on your hook, carefully pull the yarn through the first two loops. This motion should leave you with two loops remaining on your crochet hook. The half-triplet crochet stitch is starting to take shape now. Remember, keeping an even tension on your yarn will help you navigate these steps more smoothly.

Step 5: Yarn Over and Pull Through Remaining Loops

Carry out another yarn over (yo) and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook. With this step, you have successfully created your first half triple crochet stitch! The stitch should extend nicely without being too tight or too loose. At this point, you should only have one loop left on your crochet hook, ready to start the next stitch.

Continue this process for each stitch in your foundation chain to complete your first row of half triple crochets. The journey of mastering the art of half-treble crochet has just begun!

Step 6: Starting the Next Row

Once you have completed your first row of half triple crochet stitches, turn your work so you can crochet back along the row. To start the second row, you need to chain three. This is called the turning chain and acts as the new row’s first half triple crochet stitch.

Step 7: Check Your Stitch Count

Before you start the second row, count your stitches from the previous row. You should end up with the same number of half triple crochets as you had in your initial chain. Be careful not to miss any stitches or add any extra ones, as this will change the overall look of your work.

Count Your Stitches From the Previous Row

Step 8: Continue With the New Row

For the second row, you’ll insert your hook into the double stitch, not the first one, directly beneath the turning chain. Yarn over (yo) your hook, then insert your hook into the double stitch of the row. Carry out another yarn over (yo) and pull through the stitch, leaving you with three loops on your hook.

Yarn over (yo) once again and pull through the first two loops on your hook, leaving two loops on the hook. Finally, yarn over (yo) and pull through the remaining two loops. Repeat this process across the row, remembering to maintain even tension on the yarn.

Step 9: Finishing Your Work

After completing the necessary rows for your project, it’s time to finish off your crochet work. To do this, simply cut your yarn, ensuring you leave a long enough tail. Yarn over (yo) your hook one last time and pull through the loop on your hook. This will create a secure knot, and your crochet piece will be finished.

Keep practicing these steps to perfect the half triple crochet stitch. As you become more comfortable with the stitch, you’ll be able to work faster, and your stitches will become more even and consistent.

Step 10: Weaving in Ends

Using your crochet hook or a yarn needle, weave the loose ends of your yarn into your work. This secures the end and gives your work a neat, finished look. You should always weave your ends back and forth in different directions to ensure they won’t come undone. With that, you have successfully learned half-tripty crochet! Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep crocheting, and soon this stitch will become second nature.

Using Your Crochet Hook or a Yarn Needle

By following these steps, you have mastered the half triple crochet technique. Once you feel confident using this stitch, it opens up a new world of possibilities for your crochet projects!

5 Additional Tips and Tricks

  1. Maintain Even Tension: Consistent tension is essential when half triple crocheting. Too tight, and your stitches will be challenging to work into on the next row; too loose, and your work may look sloppy.
  2. Count Your Stitches: To avoid adding or skipping stitches, always count your stitches at the end of each row. This will help you maintain the shape of your project.
  3. Use Stitch Markers: Stitch markers are a great way to mark your place in a row or on the right side of your work. This is particularly useful if you work on a large project with many stitches.
  4. Practice Yarn Over The yarn over is a critical part of the half triple crochet stitch. Practice this move until it becomes second nature. It will make your crocheting smoother and faster.
  5. Try Different Yarns and Hooks: Different types of yarn and hook sizes can dramatically change the look of your half triple crochet. Feel free to experiment and find what works best for you.

With these additional tips and tricks, you’ll be well on mastering the half triple crochet stitch.

5 Things You Should Avoid

  1. Using Improper Tools: Never compromise on the quality of your crochet hooks and yarn. Using substandard or inappropriate tools can make perfecting your half triple crochet difficult and may even damage your yarn.
  2. Rushing the Process: Crocheting is a skill that takes time and patience to develop. Do not rush; instead, take your time to ensure each stitch is done correctly.
  3. Neglecting to Study Patterns: If you’re following a pattern, make sure you understand it thoroughly before starting. Ignoring or misinterpreting the pattern can lead to mistakes in your final product.
  4. Ignoring Mistakes: It’s crucial to rectify errors as soon as they’re spotted. Keeping mistakes unattended might result in flawed crochet work and make it easier to undo the further you progress.
  5. Inconsistent Tension: Avoid applying inconsistent tension as it can lead to uneven stitches, making your work appear sloppy. Always strive for uniform tension to achieve a consistent and beautiful finish.
Ensure Each Stitch is Done Correctly

By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can ensure your half triple crochet project is a success.

Is It Easier to Crochet or Stitch?

Both crochet and stitching require skill, practice, and patience. However, some people may find one technique more natural than the other. It ultimately depends on personal preference and the desired outcome of the project. Crocheting can be quicker to learn as it only requires one hook, while stitching may take more time to master as it involves using two needles.

Whichever technique you choose, with dedication and practice, you can create beautiful and intricate designs. Happy crocheting!  When it comes to the world of crochet, there is always something new to learn. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, there is always room for improvement and expansion.


Now that you understand the basics of how to half triple crochet, why not challenge yourself and practice your newfound skill? You can start with basic projects like a simple scarf or a blanket. Try experimenting with different yarns and colors. You might be surprised at what you come up with!

The possibilities are endless, so get creative! Show off your skills by gifting your creations to friends and family, or donate them as handmade gifts. Your handmade crochet work will quickly draw admiration from everyone who lays eyes on it. Start stitching and let your creativity guide you along this fun journey of learning a new craft.

Hopefully, this guide has given you the knowledge and confidence to master the half triple crochet stitch. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process. Happy crocheting!  So, practice, experiment, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes because that is how we learn and improve our skills.

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Jennifer Branett

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