Dodie Discovers Some New Stitches!

I encountered a pattern today which called for a ‘half treble’ crochet stitch. Since I’d never heard of this, I decided I needed to do some experimenting. So I got out my hooks and my yarn, engaged my brain, and began swatching.

The half treble is similar to a half double in that you start out as if to create a treble stitch (yarn over hook twice, then insert hook and draw up a loop)…. But then (just as in the half double), you do not work the loops off the hook two at a time, but rather, yarn over and draw through all three! So it’s a wee bit shorter in height than a regular treble stitch.

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Three swatches comparing three different stitches

I discovered extended stitches a number of years ago, but it never occurred to me that one could make any other half stitches. Like the half double and treble, the extended stitches were invented (by a gentleman by the name of William Elmore) to use when one needs a stitch a bit taller or shorter than the standard crochet stitches. They can be used to create a very gradual slope in a row of stitches.

There are many ‘how-to’ videos out there which are probably far more helpful for learning these stitches, but I will explain basically what they are. Any stitch can be ‘extended’. You begin the stitch in the standard way, then as you are working the loops off the hook, insert one or more extra steps. Normally, the loops are worked off the hook two at a time. Let’s say you want to extend, for example, a double crochet stitch. You would yarn over once, insert your hook and draw up a loop. Then,yarn over and draw through only one loop (this is the extension step). Next, complete the dc as usual by doing a yarnover and draw through two loops, twice. You can also extend on the second step (or second and third, for a treble….second, third, fourth for a double treble, etc.) Theoretically you can yarn over as many times as you want to for the initial stitch, and then work each loop off in two steps: yarnover and pull through one loop, yarnover and pull through two loops, repeating until all loops are worked off the hook. This makes a mighty long and very fun stitch to use in freeform projects!

Have fun extending those stitches!!

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