Half Treble Crochet Stitch (htr) For Beginners


This blog post shows how to do a half treble crochet stitch (htr) for beginners.

Learning the half treble crochet stitch is a great place to start if you’re new to crocheting or looking to expand your skills. 

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of the half treble crochet stitch and provide you with a free pattern to practice your new skill. 

By the end of this post, you’ll be well on your way to creating beautiful and intricate crochet projects with ease.

Half Treble Crochet Stitch (htr) For Beginners

What Is A Half Treble In US Crochet Terms?   

In US terms, a half treble crochet (HTR) is a stitch that falls between a double crochet (DC) and a treble crochet (TR) in height and construction. 

To make a half treble crochet stitch, yarn over once before inserting the hook into the designated stitch or space. 

Yarn over again and pull through the stitch (you should have three loops on the hook). 

Yarn over once more and pull through all three loops on the hook to complete the half treble crochet stitch. 

This stitch is versatile and can be used to create a fabric with a tighter texture than double crochet but looser than treble crochet, making it useful for a variety of crochet projects.

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What Is A Half Treble Crochet In The UK?

In UK terminology, a half treble stitch (HTR) is equivalent to what is known as a half double crochet stitch (HDC) in US terminology. 

This stitch is taller than a double crochet (DC) but shorter than a treble crochet (TR).

Learn everything about crochet abbreviations here – Crochet Abbreviations And Terms (US + UK)

Half Treble Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

Crocheting a dishcloth using the half-treble crochet (htr) stitch is an excellent project for beginners due to its simplicity and quick completion time.

Here’s a straightforward guide to help you crochet a practical and durable dishcloth.

*Grab your free printable PDF at the end of this pattern.

The supplies you need…


  • Choose a medium weight cotton yarn (Size 4) for best results, as it’s absorbent, durable, and easy to wash.
  • 1 x ball of The Pima Cotton yarn from We Are Knitters.
  • This yarn is 3.5 oz/100g/232 yds/212 m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.
  • You can make two dishcloths with this amount of cotton yarn.

Hook Size

A size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook typically works well with medium weight yarn.


  • Darning needle/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
Half treble crochet stitch

Size Information

  • Length = 8 inches/20 cm
  • Width = 8 inches /20 cm

Gauge – 12 sts/6 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches in half treble crochet.

Crochet Abbreviations

The pattern is written in US crochet terms.

  • ch – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • htr – Half treble crochet
  • Patt – Pattern
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • Sl-St – Slip stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side

Video Tutorial

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to do a treble crochet stitch (htr).

Half Treble Crochet Dishcloth Pattern Instructions

1. Start with a Slip Knot:

  • Create a slip knot and place it on your hook.

2. Foundation Chain:

  • Chain 32 stitches (or any number of stitches that suits the size you desire for your dishcloth; just make sure the number of chains is appropriate for the final dimensions you want).

3. First Row:

  • Row 1: Begin by working a half treble crochet into the third chain from the hook. To make a half treble crochet: yarn over, insert the hook into the specified chain, yarn over again and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook.
  • Continue this in each chain across the row. Turn your work.

4. Build the Rows:

  • Row 2: Chain 3 to count as the first half treble crochet, then work a half treble crochet in each stitch across from the second stitch (as the chain 3 already counts as the first stitch). Turn your work at the end of the row.
  • Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired size of your dishcloth, which might typically be around 20-25 rows to create a square shape.

5. Optional Border:

  • If you’d like a neater finish or a slightly decorative edge, consider adding a border. You can do this by working a round of single crochet stitches around the entire edge of the dishcloth. Work one single crochet in each stitch around, placing three single crochets in each corner to keep the edges flat.

6. Finishing:

  • Once you’ve completed the body of the dishcloth (and the optional border), cut the yarn, leaving a tail. Yarn over and pull the tail through the loop on your hook to secure it. Weave in all ends with your yarn needle to tidy up.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

Half treble crochet stitch dishcloth

What Supplies Do You Need To Half Treble Crochet?

To half treble crochet (HTR) or half double crochet (HDC), you’ll need several craft supplies. 

First, you’ll need a suitable yarn for your project, typically a yarn weight that corresponds well with your crochet hook size. 

Choose a crochet hook size that matches the yarn weight you’re using; for example, a medium-weight yarn (like worsted weight) pairs well with a 5.0 mm (H-8) crochet hook. 

Additionally, you’ll need a pair of scissors to cut the yarn when needed and a yarn needle for weaving in ends once you’ve completed your project or need to change yarn colors.

Having a stitch marker can be helpful for marking the beginning of rounds or specific stitches in your work, especially for more complex patterns. 

With these supplies, you’ll be ready to start your half treble crochet project with confidence.

What Can You Make With The Half-Treble Stitch?

The half-treble crochet is a great stitch that can be used to create a wide range of crochet projects. 

With its medium height and slightly tighter texture compared to double crochet, the half treble crochet stitch is ideal for making various items such as scarves, hats, blankets, and garments like sweaters or cardigans.

Its versatility allows for intricate stitch patterns and colorwork designs, making it suitable for both beginner and experienced crocheters. 

You can also combine the half treble crochet stitch with other stitches to create unique textures and effects in your crochet projects. 

Whether you’re looking to make accessories, home decor items, or wearable garments, the half treble crochet stitch offers plenty of creative possibilities for your crochet endeavors.

If you want to double check that this is the right stitch pattern for you it’s always a good idea to make a gauge swatch before committing to a full project. 

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics or you need a refresher, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know, a full video tutorial, and a step-by-step photo tutorial to help you along.  

This includes how to make a slip knot, how to create foundation chain stitches (ch), and how to crochet the basic stitches, such as single crochet stitches(sc) and double crochet stitches (dc).

It also includes how to make a single crochet decrease and all the crochet abbreviations (in US and UK terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more free video instructions, check out my YouTube channel here. – Handy Little Me – YouTube

If you also love to knit and want tutorials with step-by-step instructions, check out the knitting lessons here – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials)

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If you enjoyed making your first half treble crochet, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme or #handylittleme to be featured.

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Happy Crocheting! 

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