Crochet Next Steps: Front and Back Loops

Welcome to Crochet University!

Over the course of 12 blog posts we will introduce you to the basics you need to know for most any crochet project. From a slip knot to a treble crochet, you’ll learn all of the basic stitches and concepts.

For Crochet University you will need some basic supplies. To begin, we’re going to be using Macra-Made super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. The advantage of using a bulky weight yarn to begin with is that the loops and stitches are much more easily visible as you’re learning.


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You will also need an easy-to-use crochet hook. We recommend Dreamz Crochet Hooks. Dreamz hooks are designed by people who know and understand the art of crochet. All hooks have grooves that stitch slippage, making life a bit easier for beginning crocheters. Dreamz hooks have a polished wood surface that insures effortless glide – they work with every type of material.

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Lesson 12: Crochet Through Front and Back Loops


Crocheting in the BL (back loop) is a variation on the sc (single crochet). The only difference is that you are working the stitches through the back loop of the chain, instead of through both loops of the chain. The stitch is also referred to as the rib stitch or ribbing since it is often used to make cuffs, necklines and edging on sweaters.

Start a BL stitch by working the first row, or foundation row, with the standard single crochet. Make a sc and turn the work at the end of the row. Start the second row with the BL by putting the hook through the backside loop of the chain, instead of both loops on the chain, and pulling the yarn through the stitch like you are making a single crochet. Complete this across the row.

Front loop crochet (FL) is the opposite of back loop stitches and gives the crochet item a different look. Crocheting the stitches with the front loop adds a horizontal line through the rows and makes the work thinner.

Work a FL stitch by completing the first row of the work as a standard sc row. Ch 1 and turn the work for the second row. Put the hook through the front loop, instead of working the stitch through both loops. Pull the stitches through in the same way you would complete a sc stitch. Finish the FL row in this manner. Repeat each row using only the front loops until the project reaches a desired size.

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Watch the Left-Handed Video Lesson:


 One of the first places you may encounter a crochet through the front or back loop stitch is in making a dishcloth. Dishcloths are a great way for crocheters to learn new stitches and skills. They are quick projects to do and are always fun to finish. You will also love decorating your kitchen with your new crocheted dishcloth masterpieces. The Floral Dishcloth Crochet Pattern Set consists of 12 individual dishcloth patterns.


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Maggie is excited to bring you Crochet University: Second Semester. Lessons for this semester are: Half-Double Crochet, Double Crochet, Half-Treble (Triple) Crochet, Treble (Triple) Crochet, Stitch Comparison and Crochet Through the Front and Back Loops.

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