Learn how to do the Half Double Crochet (HDC) using the video at the link below. It's the second shortest stitch. Its height is taller than a Single Crochet and shorter than the Double Crochet.
How to do the Half Double Crochet:Wrap yarn around hook 1 time. Insert hook, YO and pull through all 3 loops.
You don't have to worry about turning chains with any HDC pattern.
On this video I chained 10. You will be doing 8 HDC's. That's because you are skipping 2 chains at the beginning of Row 1.
Gauge for 20 HDC with an I hook is 67 inches
Hook Size: I
Row 1: Go into the 3rd chain from the hook and do 1hdc. Do 1hdc in each stitch across the row
Row 2: chain 2 ( Doesn't count as the first hdc) turn. Do 1 hdc in each stitch across the row. (8 hdc)
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment
Learn the Single Crochet
Video is at http://youtu.be/m47Lu2mGl0Y
Learn the Double Crochet
Video at http://youtu.be/yFDO8X_hZAU
Learn the Triple Crochet
Video at http://youtu.be/mofmFNQVtX8
Blog Post is at http://crochetpatterns09.blogspot.com/2015/01/video-how-to-do-triple-crochet-tr.html