You Say Both Loops, I Said Front Loops

I had a moment this weekend. A moment of sheer panic. A moment of utter doubt. A moment when I realized that the standard way to crochet is through the entire stitch (both loops) and I usually only crocheted in the front loops.

HAD I BEEN CROCHETING WRONG THIS ENTIRE TIME!? The short answer? Nope, calm down momma.

Now I will explain:

THE STANDARD CROCHET

The standard way to crochet is through the entire stitch or both loops. The final product will be uniform throughout. The right side and wrong side will look very similar.

Here are 4 rows of a standard single crochet:

Standard single crochet.

Standard single crochet.

FRONT-LOOP CROCHET

Crocheting in only the front loops (the loop closest towards you) will give you less dense product. Your rows will be more pronounced and give you a very evident right and wrong side when crocheting in rounds and a lined look when turning your work.

Here are 4 rows of a front-loop single crochet (arrows indicate the lines created):

Front-loop single crochet.

Front-loop single crochet.

BACK-LOOP CROCHET

Crocheting through the back loops with create a chunky ribbed product.

Here are four rows of a back-loop single crochet (arrows indicate the ridge/rib created):

Back-loop single crochet.

Back-loop single crochet.

Here are all three together:

Single crochet three different ways.

Single crochet three different ways.

Again, they are all the same stitch (single crochet), but because each is done in a different loop you get a different look.

My Hook: Unless specifically stated in the pattern, YOU can choose which loop you would like to crochet in. Each will give you a different look, feel and texture to your final product. As I post my completed projects I will indicate which crochet loop I used so you can start to see the difference.

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Lionbrand.com: Learning to Crochet

Everyone learns differently. Lion Brand’s website (www.lionbrand.com)has put together a great layout for teaching the beginner crocheter. Each lesson has a description of the technique along with illustrations. Most also have a video demonstrating the technique. This is a great place to start if you are interested in learning. Go through the tutorials and practice with a skein. Once you are comfortable with the basic stitches, try out a pattern!

Don’t be afraid to get “hooked”!