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Elongated and Extended Double Crochets Add Design Options to Your Crocheting

It’s easy to add interest to your crochet projects by slightly altering double or single crochets.

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Video: Elongated & Extended Double Crochets

Elongated dc (2)For an elongated double crochet begin my making a normal double crochet. Yarn over and go under the top two loops of your next stitch. Yarn over and pull through. The only difference is you elongate this loop. Make it at least a half inch long or longer if you choose. Yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook twice. It’s a double crochet but you elongated it for a more open, lacy look.

Extended dcFor an extended double crochet begin by making a normal double crochet. Yarn over and insert the hook under the top two loops of your next stitch. Yarn over and pull through. There are three loops on the hook. Normally you yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook twice. However, for the extended double crochet pull through only one loop on the hook. Then yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook twice. It makes a longer or higher than normal double crochet.

Extended scYou can also extend other crochet stitches. A single crochet can be extended by beginning a normal single crochet. Insert your hook under the top two loops of the previous row’s stitch, yarn over and pull through. There are two loops on the hook. Yarn over, but instead of pulling through two loops, pull through only one loop on the hook. Then yarn over and pull through the two remaining loops on the hook. You’ve extended your single crochet so it is higher than a normal single crochet.

Elongated DCThese simple additions give you some new ways to use basic crochet stitches.

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