Extended double crochet stitch (EDc)

Extended double crochet stitches are very useful when you want to add a bit of height to a stitch pattern. I use them extensively in my patterns, especially on the edges of rounded triangle shawls. They provide a bit of height, but not as much as treble stitches (double treble stitches in UK terms).

In UK terms, these stitches are called Extended treble crochet stitch and standing extended treble crochet stitch.

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The extended double crochet stitch and the standing extended double crochet stitch are both used in the upper edge of this Raspberry Croissant shawl.

How to make the extended double crochet stitches

To make extended double crochet stitches, you need to do the following, where YO is a yarn-over:

YO, put hook through stitch, pull up a loop, chain 1, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops.

Follow the video below to see how the extended double crochet and the standing extended double crochet stitches are made.

Watch how o make a standing extended double crochet stitch and extended double crochet stitches.

Extended double crochet stitches are also great when working with filet crochet. They make the “pixels” look square, rather than the squashed rectangles you get when using double crochet stitches.

Here is a comparison of the two fabrics, one made in filet crochet with extended double crochet stitches and one made with double crochet stitches (one “pixel” is made of 3 stitches). Notice that the holes in the version with extended double crochet stitches (left) are square, unlike the holes in the version with double crochet stitches.

Two filet crochet swatches, a taller one on the left, using extended double crochet stitches, and a shorter one on the right, using double crochet stitches.
Example of two filet crochet squares made with extended Dc (left) and regular Dc (right).

I’ve used this stitch in many patterns, among which the crocodile leaf pattern is one that uses it the most. It’s a motif for a blanket square. This stitch is also used in the pattern for the square.

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The crocodile stitch heart or leaf pattern makes use of extended double crochet stitches in most of its construction

If you have any questions about this stitch, please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments. I’m always happy to troubleshoot. It’s half the fun of being a crocheter.

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