My biggest issue with this stitch pattern was to crochet the first stitch in each round. I found it quite difficult at first to insert the hook into the front or back loops only. But with time I learned to wiggle the hook and also to keep the first stitches on the loose side. So it does get easier with more practice.
Another thing with this stitch is that it can only be worked in the round! Of course you can work it in rows too, but the texture is completely different. I did a small swatch in rows, but I ripped it out as I liked this one better. And now I can’t remember whether it was a go or no-go! Silly me, but I will definitely do another and see what it looks like.
And just to clarify, this is not the alternating stitch, even though I’m making it sound like it could be. To be honest, I’m not sure if this stitch has a name or not. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I haven’t seen it elsewhere. So if you know the name, please let me know in the comment section below… Thanks so much!
Now on to the tutorial:
First make sure you have a multiple of 2 in the round. Make a chain 1, then half double crochet into the front loop only of the same stitch as where the join was made. Here you see the first half double crochet completed.