How To Do An Extended Single Crochet (esc Crochet Stitch)

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The extended single crochet is an easy crochet stitch to do. It’s just a single crochet stitch with one extra step of pulling an extra loop up. This stitch is commonly abbreviated as “esc” in crochet patterns.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial with pictures showing you how to do an extended single crochet stitch.

One thing that I do differently with my extended single crochet is that instead of using a chain 2 at the start of each row I only use a chain 1. By only using a chain 1 I found that it had a less chunky appearance at the ends of rows and was more even.

Free Crochet Patterns from Using the Extended Single Crochet Stitch:

Extended Single Crochet Video Tutorial

Step By Step Guide On How To Make An Extended Single Crochet With Pictures

How to Make an Extended Single Crochet Stitch

Extended Single Crochet Stitch


  • Yarn
  • Crochet Hook


  1. Make a slipknot and chain to desired number of stitches, add 1 stitch to this number. Initial foundation chain for starting an extended single crochet
  2. Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from the hook.
  3. Yarn over your crochet hook.
  4. Pull the yarn through the chain stitch (you will have 2 loops on your hook) Extended single crochet stitch with two loops on crochet hook
  5. Yarn over your crochet hook.
  6. Pull the yarn through the first loop only (you will have 2 loops on your hook) Pulling the yarn through the first loop on an extended crochet stitch
  7. Yarn over again and pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook. One completed extended crochet stitch on a foundation chain
  8. Repeat across the row, chain 1, and turn to start a new extended crochet stitch in the first stitch of the next row. (insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops)

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