Extended stitches are a fun way to get a little more drape, a little more height, and a little more interest with a simple twist on the stitches you already know! I’ve shared the extended single crochet tutorial here, and now it’s time for the extended double crochet!
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How to Crochet the Extended Double Crochet – Right Handed
How to Crochet the Extended Double Crochet – Left Handed
As Seen in this Video (click for more information)
- US – J, 6.0mm hook by Furls Fiberarts
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
- Super Speedy Preemie Hat (free pattern)
To make the extended double crochet (abbreviated exdc):
Yarn over, and insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through the first loop on hook (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (1 loop on hook).
To make the extended double crochet decrease (abbreviated exdc2tog):
Yarn over and insert hook in next st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first loop on hook, yarn over and pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops left on hook), yo and insert hook in next st, yo and pull through first loop on hook, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 3 loops left on hook.
That’s it! It’s sort of like plunking a chain stitch at the bottom of your double crochet stitch. It’s a little bit taller and drapier than a regular double crochet, without the fiddly legginess of a treble crochet. I used it to make the Super Speedy Preemie Hat, and it’s a fun stitch to try on nearly any project – as long as you aren’t looking to make something very stiff and solid.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to crochet the extended double crochet stitch – thanks for watching!