How to crochet in the front and back loops
Grab a hook and some yarn and we’ll show you how easy it is to master front loop and back loop crochet stitches.
Here’s what a row of front loop dc will look like from the front–stitches will look the same as if you worked into both loops.
From the back, you can see how the spare back loops create a ridge of texture.
How do I crochet into the back loop?
To practise working stitches into the back loop, make another row of 10 double crochet stitches in the same way as before. On the second row, work all the dc stitches into the back loop only.
Insert the hook under the back strand of the stitch on the row below.
Yrh and pull up a loop.
Yrh and pull through both loops on the hook to complete the dc stitch.
Here’s what a row of back loop dc will look like from the front. The stitches will be slightly in relief and you’ll be able to see the front loops that haven’t been worked into.
From the back, the new row of stitches will create quite a strong indent in the fabric.
How do I create texture with loop stitches?
Now you can work stitches into the front loop or back loop, you can create all sorts of textured effects in your fabric! By using different combinations of front loop stitches and back loop stitches, there’s a near-infinite number of textures you can crochet.
To try just one, make a row of 10 double crochet stitches. On the second row, work a dc into the front loop, then a dc into the back loop – continue alternating one front loop dc stitch with one back loop dc stitch across the row. Work more rows in the same way as the second row. You’ll create a fabric that looks like this.
You don’t have to stick to just double crochet stitches though, you can work any stitch into the front or back loop, from treble stitches to triple treble stitches, and even slip stitches. You can also use these stitches to create raised effects and faux cable textures. Experiment with different stitches and see what stitch patterns you can invent.
How else can I use loop stitches?
One of the most exciting uses for front loop and back loop stitches is in creating three-dimensional texture effects in your fabric – this could be ruffles, faux cables, layered flowers and much more.
This method works by placing one row of stitches in the front loops of the stitches below, and then another row of stitches into the remaining loops of the same stitches. You can also create more complex effects by working just a selection of stitches into the spare loops of a stitch on the row below, or even two or three rows below.
To start practising this method, go back to the firsts watch you made, of 10 double crochet stitches, where you worked the second row of stitches into the front loop of the stitches on the first row. Fasten off but do not turn. * With the right side of Row 2 facing you, rejoin the yarn in the back loop of the first stitch of the first row.
Chain one and work a double crochet stitch into the back loop of the first stitch and each stitch of the first row. To do this, insert the hook into the back loop of the stitch on the row below.
Work yrh and pull up a loop.
…and pull through two loops to finish the stitch.
This can be a little fiddly, but keep going to the end of the row.
Turn and work a third row of dc stitches into both loops of the previous row. You will have created a ruffle that should look like this
To continue the effect, work the next row of dc stitches into the front loop only, fasten off and repeat from * at the start of this section.