How to HDC in the Third Loop – Video Tutorial

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Looking for a YouTube tutorial that will teach you HDC in the third loop, also known as the back bar? In this video I demonstrate and explain which loop is the third loop, how to half double crochet into it, and why this beautiful modern stitch can only be worked in rounds. #hdcinthethirdloop #hdcinthebackbar #halfdoublecrochetinthethirdloop

Hdc in the third loop is beautiful modern dense stitch that is great for bags and garment ribbing. The best part is that it looks like rows of slip stitches but it’s not a pain in the rear.

Scroll the the end of this post to see the video or read on to learn more about the half double crochet in the 3rd loop.

Half Double Crochet in the 3rd Loop

I love this stitch because it’s feminine but in a graphic way not a decorative or frilly way. If you are familiar with my patterns, you will notice this is a common trait of my design style.

However, the stinky part about this stitch is it can only be created in the round in non-turned rounds. The rounds can be joined but they can’t be turned. It also does not work in rows. In this video I’ll show you why.

Half double crochet in the third loop swatch

Third Loop/Back Bar

This stitch is worked exactly like a regular half double crochet. However, it’s worked into the third loop.

But what the heck is the third loop? Some people call it the back bar. So in that case, what the heck is the back bar? It’s the loop behind the v.

I’ll show you which loop you crochet into in this video tutorial.


If you’d like to see this stitch worked up in a project check out the body of my Super Sunny Tote pattern or the neck ribbing in my thick striped pullover pattern.

Supper Sunny Tote Pattern using half double crochet in the back bar
Super Sunny Tote pattern
Pullover collar using half double crochet in the third loop


This stitch can be worked with any weight yarn or hook. If you want to try exactly as it is in the video I used:

  • Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn, worsted 5-Bulky (72% cotton/28% nylon, 317 yds/290 m, 8.8 oz/250 g), color Cream
  • Crochet hook size US I/9 (5.5 mm)


When working the half double crochet stitch in the third loop it can be easy to loose track of which stitch is the third loop. The back loop and the third loop also look like a v and you can mistake the front loop as the third loop.

Just remember, when working on the right side in the round the third loop will always be in the back. Never in the front.

I hope you find this video helpful!

Stitch Description

Here are the instructions for the half double crochet in the third loop:

Yarn over, insert hook in the bar behind the “v” that you would normally work into, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over draw through all 3 loops.  

Watch the Video

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More Tutorials

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