The Perfect Project to Learn Extended Single Crochet!

What is the extended single crochet stitch? Great question! The extended single crochet, or esc, is very similar to the single crochet but has just one small change that makes the stitch slightly taller. What is the extended single crochet used for? A range of cool things! The extended single crochet can be used to help you get your row gauge if you have especially short single crochet stitches. It’s also a way of adding height to your stitch so you can work the same amount of rows that a pattern requires without it ending up too short. It is also used to eat up some extra yarn if you are trying to get your stitches to color pool. Finally, the taller stitch helps your stitches line up better than single crochet (which can tend to slant). This makes crochet colorwork a breeze!

Here is a brief tutorial on how to work the extended single crochet stitch, as well as a fantastic colorwork project that will give you a great opportunity to practice!

How to do the extended single crochet (esc):

1. Insert hook in next stitch or chain.

Insert hook in next stitch or chain. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

2. Yarn over and pull up loop (2 loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull up loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

3. Yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made).

Yarn over and draw through 1 loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

4. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops—1 esc completed.

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops—1 esc completed. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Extended single crochet.| Video Credit: Sara Dudek

In need of a project to practice?

If you’re on the hunt for a project to practice this new stitch, check out the Tigre Zippered Cowl Kit, available in two color combinations (black and white or pumpkin and grey). The body of this project is worked in extended single crochet AND tapestry crochet color changing!

Tigre Zippered Cowl in black and white. | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography

If you are working an extended single crochet with color changing, you will complete Step 4 with the new color you are changing to, then begin the stitch again with Step 1 in the color you just changed to.

For more information on stitches to work with color changing, check out this article on four variations of single crochet for tapestry crochet.

Another helpful tutorial for the Tigre Zippered Cowl shows how to sew a zipper into crochet projects. The zipper in this project makes it so versatile that you can wear it a multitude of ways.

And here’s another bonus! The color pattern for this cowl is taken from a color chart originally published in AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary. If you get your own copy of this fantastic book, you can easily swap out the colorwork patterning for a colorwork project all your own!

Have you tried the extended single crochet stitch? What projects have you made with it? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy stitching!
Sara

(Featured Image: Tigre Zippered Cowl is perfect for practicing extended single crochet! | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography)


Give extended single crochet a try!