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Single Crochet Longstitch,
also known as Long Single Crochet

How-to -
How to make this stitch: insert the hook in a stitch of one of the rows below, yarn over, pull up a long loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook (long sc made).

This photo shows the long sc worked in the row below and in up to four rows below.

By varying which previous row the stitch is worked in, different lengths of longstitch are made, from which a patterning evolves.

Here's another variation of the arrangement of different lengths of long sc.

The following photos show the effect of the long sc worked in the stitch of 4 rows below, 3 rows below, 2 rows below:

4 rows below 3 rows below 2 rows below

As you can see, novelty yarns give extra interest to the stitch. It's fun to experiment with different types of yarn for this stitch and also to try different combinations of the length of the stitch.

This is another example of rows of long sc patterning.

Your experiment:
How about making a square, any size; six or seven inches square could be good:
First: Make a number of foundation rows of plain single crochet. The photos on this page show four foundation rows.
Next: With a contrasting color, work a row of long single crochet, working out your own pattern from varying the combination of lengths of the stitches.
Repeat this: Switch back to your first color or add a new contrasting color for another set of foundation rows. When you have completed your foundation rows, repeat the long sc row. Continue in this manner to desired length. Give it a try and see what you come up with.

Have fun!

Photography by Sandi Marshall. Images and article copyright 1998 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only! Do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. Thank you!

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