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Unraveling: Guide to Front Loop vs Back Loop Crochet

Front Loop vs Back Loop Crochet

Hey there, fellow yarn enthusiasts! ✨ Ready to learn a new useful technique that’s perfect for crochet beginner? Well, grab your crochet hook and join me on this adventure where we unravel the mystery behind front loop crochet and back loop crochet! πŸ§ΆπŸ’–

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Picture this: you’re nestled in your favorite crochet corner, surrounded by skeins of yarn in every color imaginable, and you’ve got your trusty crochet hook in hand. But wait, what’s this? Front loop crochet and back loop crochet? Fear not, I’m about to demystify these terms and add something new to your crochet repertoire!

Front Loop and Back Loop – The Dynamic Duo of Crochet:

In the world of crochet, every stitch has its own personality, and front loop (FL) and back loop (BL) are no exceptions. Whether you’re doing single crochet stitches, double crochet stitches, or something more complicated, it’s important to know the difference between the front loop of a stitch and the back loop of a stitch. Learning the difference between these different loops will help you add a different look or different textures to your crochet patterns, so let’s break it down!

🌟 Front Loop (FL): The Friendly Face

Meet FL, the front loop – the extrovert of the crochet world! When you crochet into the front loop of the stitch, it’s the single loop that’s closest to you when you are looking at the top of a stitch. Think of it as the part of the stitch that’s always ready to say, “Hello!” It creates a neat, raised texture on the front side of your work, adding a touch of personality to your project.

So, next time you’re feeling social and want your stitches to stand out, give front loop crochet a try. Your cozy scarves and textured crochet sweaters will thank you for the extra flair!

Front Loop vs Back Loop Crochet
Anatomy of a crochet stitch: If you look at the top of the stitches, the loop closest to you is the front loop (yellow line) and the loop furthest from you is the back loop (pink line)

🌈 Back Loop (BL): The Shy Sidekick

Now, let’s turn our attention to BL – the back loop, the introverted companion to FL. BL is the loop that’s farthest away from you, creating a subtle groove on the back of your work. It’s like the shy friend who adds depth and charm without stealing the spotlight.

When you crochet into the back loop of a stitch, you create a fabric that’s a bit more stretchy and has a lovely ribbed effect. BL is perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to your beanies or creating comfy blankets with a bit of extra give. I used back loop only stitches to create a beautiful textured fabric in both my Snow Day Sweater (see photo below!) & my Cactus Blossom Cardigan. Each uses alternating rows of half double crochet and back loop only slip stitch. The best part of the front loop and back loop crochet is that you can combine very basic stitches into beautiful different textures!

sweater using back loop stitches

🌼 When to Choose Front Loop vs Back Loop: A Cheat Sheet

Now that you’ve made friends with FL and BL, let’s talk about when to invite each of them to the crochet party:

  • Front Loop (FL): Choose FL when you want texture and definition. It’s perfect for creating raised stitches and making your crochet pop!
  • Back Loop (BL): Opt for BL when you crave flexibility and a subtle ribbed texture. It’s great for projects where a bit of stretch is just what you need.
Front Loop vs Back Loop Crochet

Crochet Pattern Abbreviations

In a crochet pattern you’ll frequently see these abbreviations:

  • BLO = work stitches into the back loop only
  • FLO = work stitches into the front loop only

Conclusion – Let Your Crochet Adventure Begin!

In the world of crochet, front loop and back loop stitches are your creative companions, ready to bring your crochet project to life. So, grab your crochet hook, embrace the cozy vibes, and let your imagination run wild as you explore the enchanting world of FL and BL crochet. Happy crocheting! 🌟✨



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