How to hdc4tog in Crochet – Half Double Crochet 4 Together

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As a crochet enthusiast, I’m sure you’ve come across the term hdc4tog and wanted to know what it means. If so, this blog post will help you understand how to hdc4tog in crochet.

You’ll learn all the steps needed to complete this half double crochet four together technique.

There’s also a step by step photo tutorial along with a video demonstration of how to half double crochet 4 together in crochet which should make learning even easier.

Finally, we address any frequently asked questions related to this topic before finishing up with some related posts on the same subject.

So let’s dive right into how to hdc4tog in crochet!

How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

The steps of the hdc4tog:

  1. Yarn over.
  2. Insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop.
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2.
  4. Repeat step 1 and 2.
  5. Repeat step 1 and 2. You have 9 loops on the crochet hook.
  6. Yarn over.
  7. Pull through all loops on the crochet hook.

Materials Needed

To crochet the hdc4tog you can use any crochet hook size and yarn. If you’re following a crochet pattern, use the crochet hook and yarn suggested.

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How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

Half Double Crochet 4 Together Abbreviations

The half double crochet 4 together is abbreviated hdc4tog in crochet patterns.

Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.

hdc4tog Crochet Chart Symbol

The half double crochet 4 together chart symbol is related to the half double crochet (hdc) stitch chart symbol.

It is a “T” with four legs.

It will be turned in the direction it will lay in your finished crochet work.

Alternative Half Double Crochet Decreases

Half Double Crochet 4 Together Step By Step Photo Tutorial

In this step by step photo tutorial you can learn the hdc4tog in a few easy steps. Grab your crochet hook and let’s get started with this easy way to decrease 3 crochet stitches.

Step 1: Yarn Over, Insert Crochet Hook In Next Stitch & Pull Up A Loop

How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

Yarn over and insert the crochet hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop from the 1st st, you have 3 loops on the crochet hook.

Step 2: Yarn Over, Insert Crochet Hook In Next Stitch & Pull Up A Loop

How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

Yarn over and insert the crochet hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop from the 2nd st, you have 5 loops on the crochet hook.

Step 3: Yarn Over, Insert Crochet Hook In Next Stitch & Pull Up A Loop

How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

Yarn over and insert the crochet hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop from the 3rd st, you have 7 loops on the crochet hook.

Step 4: Yarn Over, Insert Crochet Hook In Next Stitch & Pull Up A Loop

How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

Yarn over and insert the crochet hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop from the 4th st, you have 9 loops on the crochet hook.

Step 5: Yarn Over

How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

Yarn over from back to front.

Step 6: Pull Yarn Through All Loops On The Crochet Hook

How to hdc4tog in Crochet - Half Double Crochet 4 Together Pin

Pull yarn through all the loops on the crochet hook. You have now finished the half double crochet four together and have decreased 3 stitches.

hdc4tog Video Tutorial

Commonly Asked Questions About hdc4tog

In what crochet patterns can you use half double crochet four together?

The half double crochet four together is used in crochet projects where you need to shape the crochet piece. It’s commonly used in projects such as crochet clothing to shape areas such as the bust, waist, neckline and armholes. It’s also common to use in amigurumi.

Half Double Crochet Decreases – Step-By-Step Tutorials

  1. Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog)
  2. Half Double Crochet 3 Together (hdc3tog)
  3. Half Double Crochet 4 Together (this tutorial)
  4. Invisible Half Double Crochet Decrease
Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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