Tunisian Crochet: Strrreeeettttch Yourself with Extended Stitches
Whether you’re working in standard or Tunisian crochet, you’ve probably come across extended stitches. These stitches provide a little more bang for your buck no matter what type of project you’re working. Instead of becoming part of a project that ends up with a dense fabric, extended stitches create more of an open fabric, which allows you to work projects that are looser and flowier.
The last two characteristics can definitely be applied to any description of the Frontier Shawl from Interweave Crochet Spring 2018. Despite its use of Tunisian crochet, a technique that often produces a dense fabric, working with the extended Tunisian knit stitch opens up the fabric and gives the final project an awesome drape.
Now that I’ve waxed poetic on the greatness of extended stitches, I should probably tell you a little about how to work them. In standard crochet, an extended stitch is basically whatever stitch your project calls for with a chain on the bottom. For instance, if you were going to work an extended single crochet (esc) as in the Birch Cable Socks, you would work as follows:
Insert hook in next stitch or chain, yarn over and pull up loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yarn over and pull through 2 loops—1 extended single crochet.
When it comes to extended Tunisian crochet stitches, you will work in a similar fashion, but as with regular Tunisian crochet stitches, you will leave the last loop of each stitch on your hook. Therefore, an extended Tunisian knit stitch (etks) would be worked like this:
With yarn in back, insert hook in center of upper “V” created by legs of indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, draw through one loop on hook (“chain” made), leave rem loop on hook—1 extended Tunisian knit stitch.
You will repeat the above steps as indicated in the pattern and then work all of the stitches off at the same time as with standard Tunisian crochet. The result will be a loose, flowing shawl that will be perfect for any occasion. Add the fringe when you’re all done, and you’ll be set!
What do you think? Are you ready to stretch yourself with extended stitches? If so, which type will you try first? Let us know in the comments!