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.
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.
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.
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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