Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Extended Half Double Crochet

Extended Half Double Crochet

Following on our theme from yesterday the Extended Half Double Crochet is the next size in this extended family, lol. The extended portion of this stitch adds a bit of height, but also looks a little like a knitting stitch, almost like some crocheter fell in love with a knitter and together they made the Extended Stitch. That's just a theory though (but wouldn't it be nice if it were true??)

In any case, its a soft and pretty stitch and should be GREATLY admired. 

Carrying on......To crochet our sample you'll want to make your starter loop and crochet 11 more loops. 

Next, Yarn over and insert your hook in the third loop from the hook (not counting the loop on your hook!), pull up a loop to leave you with 3 loops on your so:

I skipped ahead because it's easier to see once you've done a few stitches.
Ok, so you now have three loops on your hook. To crochet the Extended part of this stitch you will yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook.

You can now see the added stitch or 'extender.' Following this your crochet a normal half double by yarning over and pulling through all three loops on your hook. 

Repeat across for your first row of extended stitches, chain 2 and turn.

And just to add a bit of fun I'm including a comparison so you  can see the size and stitch difference. One the bottom is the half double, middle is the extended half double, top is the double.

See how the stitches look a little different? Mixing it up by switching from one to the other in a scarf or blanket would look really pretty. Or you could make squares in different stitches and sew them together. 

I'd love to hear your ideas! Come say HI on my Facebook page or on Twitter. I'd love to hear about what you're working on ...
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