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How to Crochet Extended Single Crochet Tutorial

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Learn how to crochet the extended single crochet stitch. This stitch is taller and looks almost just like a single crochet.

esc = extended single crochet

Esc is the abbreviation according to the Craft Yarn Council. In the past I (and possibly others) also use exsc for the abbreviation.

This is easily one of my favorite stitches, and it’s really just a variant on a basic single crochet.

I love how it works up in this acrylic and alpaca wool blend yarn. You really get a sense of depth and texture and we’re just crocheting the same one row repeat.

Swatch of extended single crochet stitches.

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Crochet Patterns that use the Extended Single Crochet

Both the updated, short version of the Hygge Cardigan and the original longer version use this stitch.

The pike stitch uses the extended single crochet and that’s also in the Colorblock Cowl pattern.


In this tutorial I’m using Touch of Alpaca yarn. This lovely yarn is the same I use for the Elena Knit Sweater.

You can use any weight yarn, just be sure to match your hook to your yarn.

About this stitch

The extended single crochet is both pretty and useful. It makes a single crochet a bit taller, but looks pretty similar.

So this means you can use it in single crochet to add a little shaping, without changing up the texture of your fabric too much.

Adding the chain 1 before the single crochet creates a nice drape. That makes the esc more versatile than single crochet, which tends to be tight and curl at the edges.

Peach hook and esc stitches.


  • any weight yarn, for this tutorial I’m using Touch of Alpaca, a #4 med weight yarn, divided in two colors
  • hook compatible with your yarn, I’m using my Peach Odyssey in 5mm US size H crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

My favorite Hooks are Furls* and Clover*!


  1. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch. 

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Click any of these links for the tutorial.


sk-skip the indicated stitch


Helpful Tutorials

The extended sc is a taller version of the single crochet.


4”/10cm x 4”/10cm= 11 esc x 10 rows of esc




This swatch is crocheted flat in back and forth rows. You will turn after each row.


The stitch multiple for this stitch is any number. Just note that the first two chains are skipped and will not count as stitches.

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Swatch of extended single crochets.

Esc Video Tutorial

This video is also available to watch on my Youtube or Jumprope.

Extended Single Crochet Photo Tutorial

How To Extended Single Crochet

How To Extended Single Crochet

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 32 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

Learn how to crochet the extended single crochet stitch, a useful and lightly textured stitch.


  • Any weight yarn, here I'm using Touch of Alpaca, a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.


  • Hook compatible with your yarn, I'm using my 5mm (H) Peach Odyssey


  1. Beige chain 12 with peach hook. Chain any number, plus 2. Here I chain 12, so I'll end with 10 stitches.
  2. Hook in chain with 1 loop. Insert hook in the 3rd chain (skipped chains do not count as a stitch), yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).
  3. 2 loops on hook for step 3. Yo and pull through 1 loop (2 loops on hook).
  4. 1 complete extended single crochet. Yo and pull through both loops on your hook. This makes one exsc stitch.
  5. Exsc in each ch across: Insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop, yo and pull through both loops.
  6. Turn and ch 1, this ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
  7. First extended single crochet on row 2. Exsc in first stitch.
  8. Two complete extended sc stitches.Exsc in each stitch across.
  9. Peach hook and esc stitches.Keep repeating for the length of the project.

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