Learn to make the extended half double crochet stitch with this quick and fun tutorial. This simple variation on the classic half double crochet stitch is slightly taller and provides a little bit more drape. Easily adaptable for a variety of projects, this stitch is a nice twist to the traditional method.
Let’s learn the extended half double crochet stitch together…
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For this tutorial, you will need the following materials:
- A worsted weight, or DK weight yarn of your choosing (I used WeCrochet/Knit Picks Dishie “Creme Brulee”)
- A crochet hook to compliment your yarn choice (The hook I used is a 5mm Furls Streamline Ebony)
- Scissors and yarn need if you would like to fasten off and weave in your ends
- CH (chain)
- EXT/HDC (extended half double crochet)
- This stitch is worked in any number of chain stitches
- This stitch shows up well with a solid colour yarn but can also work nicely with a variegated yarn
- Turning CH 1 does not count as a stitch
Extended Half Double Crochet (EXT/HDC) Tutorial:
Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull down through the top loop on hook (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull down through all 3 loops on hook. EXT/HDC stitch complete. A visual guide is below:
You can see from the photos that step two acts as the extension to make the stitch taller. Step 4 is the more familiar part of the stitch that makes the traditional half double crochet stitch.
Now that you know the stitch, let’s practice and make a swatch:
CH 20 and begin row 1 in the second CH from your hook.
Into the first stitch and each stitch across, make 1 EXT/HDC. CH 1 and turn.
(19 EXT/HDC stitches)
Repeat row 1.
Of course, you can continue beyond row 10 to practice and get a feel for how the stitch works up. The 3rd loop still provides that familiar ridge providing some texture to your project. You can also practice crocheting into the 3rd loop with the EXT/HDC stitch to create that fun sideways “V” effect.
And that’s how you make the extended half double crochet stitch! What project will you use this stitch in? Don’t forget to check out my other stitch tutorials before you go:
Have a wonderful day and happy crocheting!