Does the turning chain count as a stitch in half double crochet?
The last stitch of the row goes into the last “real” dc, because the turning chain is ignored. … In How to Work Half Double Crochet, I do not count the ch-2 turning chain as a stitch. There are the same number of stitches in each row, not counting the turning chain on each row as a stitch.
Does the first chain count as a row?
So the easy way to remember this is that a single crochet starts with 1 chain and it does NOT count as a stitch. All the other stitches COUNT the starting chain in a row as a stitch. That goes for half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet and so on.