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Extended Crochet Stitches

Extended Crochet stitches are really simple.  They help to make the post of a stitch just a little longer, usually so that other stitches can be worked into them or around them.  No worries, though, these stitches are worked the same as your basic stitches but with one added step.

The usual abbreviation used for this stitch is ex.  It is added to the front of the basic stitch's abbreviation.  So, if the pattern called for extended single crochet, the abbreviation would be exsc; extended double crochet, exdc; extended half double crochet, exhdc.

You get the idea.  so let's give it a try.

Extended Single Crochet
Abbreviation - exsc

Insert hook into the stitch or chain where you need to start.

Yo and pull through the stitch.

Yo and pull through the FIRST LOOP ONLY on the hook.

Yo and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook.

Extended single crochet made.

Work a few rows to get the hang of it.

Extended Half Double Crochet
Abbreviation - exhdc

Yo

Insert hook into stitch or chain.

Yo and pull through the stitch.

Yo and pull through the FIRST LOOP ONLY on the hook.

Yo again and pull through the remaining 3 loops on the hook.

Extended half double crochet made.

Make a swatch for a little extra practice.

Are you starting to see the trend here?  There's that one extra step, a yarn over and pull through, added to each basic crochet stitch.  It's just that simple.

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Extended Double Crochet
Abbreviation - exdc

Yo

Insert hook into stitch or chain.

Yo and pull through the stitch.

Yo and pull through the FIRST LOOP ONLY on the hook.

Yo and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook.  There are now 2 loops still on the hook.

Yo one more time and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook.

Extended double crochet made.

Practice, practice, practice.

Extended Treble Crochet
Abbreviation - extr

Yo twice.

Insert hook into stitch or chain..

Yo and pull through the FIRST LOOP ONLY on the hook.

Yo and pull through 2 loops on the hook.  There are now 3 loops left on the hook.

Yo and pull through another 2 loops on the hook.  There's now 2 loops on the hook.

Yo and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook.

Extended treble crochet made.

make a few more rows to practice this stitch.

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I told you the extended crochet stitches were super easy!  The only difference from your regular stitches is that first yarn over and pull through.

Leave Extended Crochet Stitches and try your hand at some Textured Crochet Stitches.

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