The extended single crochet, that’s an extended double crochet in UK terms, is one of those stitches I wish I had known about long before I did. Extended crochet stitches (you can make them with double and trebles too) are great for garments because they create a fabric with a beautiful drape.
I’ve done something different for this tutorial and decided to use super chunky yarn to make it easier to see the stitches. I was making a swatch for the super chunky version of the Any Yarn Will Do sweater (a forthcoming sweater pattern) so decided to use that opportunity to make the tutorial.
It’s harder to see the stitch pattern over a small swatch but easier to follow along with the video!
Essentially, extended crochet stitches are worked the same as their normal namesakes, but after you pull your first loop up through the stitch you’re working in, you yarn over and pull through 1 loop, then carry on with the rest of the stitch as normal.
It’s almost like you’re adding a chain into the stitch before making it – this is where that lovely drape comes from.
The fabric, when worked in simple rows, has a slight herringbone shape about it as the stitches tend to have more slant than their traditional counterparts.
The stitches are also taller, so it’s a great way to get your money’s worth from, your yarn as I find you can create a larger area of fabric with extended stitches. Another reason I love it for garments which often use a lot of yarn!
Extended Single Crochet (esc) – Written instructions
- Insert hook, yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook)
- Yarn over, pull through 1 loop – that’s the extended bit made (2 loops on hook)
- Yarn over, pull through two loops to complete the stitch
See what I’m saying? It’s super simple!
And whilst I’m here, I have thrown in the instructions for the extended double crochet (edc) below!
Extended Double Crochet (edc) (UK extended treble)
- Yarn over, insert hook
- Yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
- Yarn over, pull through 1 loop to make the extension (3 loops on hook) Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook),
- Yarn over, pull through 2 loops to complete the stitch
As I mentioned earlier, I use extended double crochet in the Abundance cardi, substituting it for traditional double crochet in the block stitch the pattern uses. Here’s a close up to give you an idea of how it looks (during a game of Heathers inspired crochet last summer!)
If you’ve been crocheting for any amount of time, you’ll be able to figure out how the extended treble and double treble stitches would work!
Extended stitches look great in any size yarn and any fibre and have a lovely rhythm to them when making.
When you mix them with traditional stitches, they can also create beautiful texture – just take a peek at my free studio stripe scarf pattern which uses a combination of extended double crochet and half double crochet and you’ll see what I mean!
I don’t know about you, but that’s everything I want in a crochet stitch!
What would you use it for?