The Half Double Crochet is so nice. It’s relatively quick to do and works up smoothly. I use it for a lot of glove patterns because it is a little tighter without being stiff. There’s lots of variations as well (as will all of crochet) so you’ll likely use it for something along the way.
Some quick explanations of terms and abbreviations that you might come across. They are basically self explanatory but for the purposes of the tutorial more information is always better.
Yarn Over- Abbreviated YO, Wrap the yarn over the hook. There, easy. I’ve noticed that people do this a little differently. I even find myself yarning over or hooking the yarn from different directions based on the stitch I’m using. You are essentially adding one more loop over the hook.
Pull Through- Not sure that I’ve ever seen this abbreviated but I’m sure it has been. This step is when you will take the hook and pull the last yarn over through either the stitch or the other loops on the hook. The stitch explanation should tell you which.
Half Double Crochet: Yarn Over, Insert hook into next stitch, Yarn Over, Pull Through the stitch, (there’s 3 loops on the hook), Yarn Over, Pull Through all 3 loops.
There’s some weird pleasure in getting the hook to smoothly pull through all 3 loops at once. Might be one reason that I like this stitch. I often get caught up between those loops but it’s usually easy to recover.
Give it a try and start working on new projects!