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Crochet Into Back Loops Only to Transform Basic Stitches

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Crocheting into the back loops only is a technique that has been widely used in the world of crochet for many years. While it may not be considered groundbreaking or innovative, especially by experienced crocheters, it holds a special place for crochet beginners who are just starting their crochet journey. By utilizing this method, you can create unique textures and patterns that add a new dimension to your crochet projects.

How and Why Should I Crochet into Back Loops Only?

When you crochet into the back loops only, you are essentially working with a different part of the stitch than you normally would. This simple adjustment can result in ribbed effects, raised ridges, or intricate designs that stand out in your finished piece. It's a great way to elevate simple stitches and give them a more complex and interesting look.

single crochet back loops only

Crocheting into the back loops only can open up a world of possibilities for your creativity. Simply changing the hook placement by one loop less can transform a basic stitch (single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet) into something unique and special.

What Happens If I Crochet Into Front Loops Only?

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When you choose to crochet into the front loops only, it alters the texture and appearance of your project. By working exclusively into the front loops, you are essentially creating a different surface compared to crocheting through both loops. This technique results in a smoother and more subtle texture, lacking the pronounced ridges and elasticity that back loops only provide. The fabric retains a certain level of linearity on its front side, offering a unique visual appeal. However, the absence of the raised ridges and stretchiness characteristic of back loops only

means that the final piece will have a different drape and feel.

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Experimenting with crocheting into the back loops only can open up a world of possibilities for your creativity. You can combine this technique with different yarn weights, colors, and stitch patterns to create truly unique and personalized items. Whether you're making scarves, blankets, or garments, incorporating this method can add a touch of sophistication and style to your crochet projects.

Single Crochet Back Loops Only (scblo)

Chain any number of chains.

Row 1: In the second chain from hook, single crochet across. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2: Starting in the first stitch, insert your hook into the back loop only of the single crochet in the row below. Work a single crochet. Repeat across. Chain 1, turn.

single crochet back loops only

Repeat Row 2.

Patterns Featuring Single Crochet Back Loops Only:

crochet potholder

Alpine Potholder Crochet Pattern - Find it Here

This pattern features a geometric triangle design made by using a granny- square motif inspired method. This crochet pattern is perfect for any crocheter who is familiar with basic crochet stitches and following a written crochet pattern. This pattern is considered EASY because while it is very quick (about 2 hours to complete the project) and relatively easy, it is a little more complex than a beginner would be comfortable with. Please see below for details on supplies. Send me a message if you have any questions about the pattern, before or after purchasing!

Skill Level: EASY


1 skein of Yarn Bee, Studio 72, linen (or 100 yds of another acetate/ acrylic blend yarn)

Size F (8- 5.00mm) crochet hook


Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

Mastering the Art of Crocheting in Back Loops Only

Choosing to work your crochet stitches into the back loops only, as opposed to the traditional two loops, will greatly change the texture and drape of your crochet piece. Crocheting into the back loops only will create raised ridges and stretchiness that can mimic knit ribbing. You can use this technique with any crochet stitch. The longer the crochet stitch (single being the shortest and treble being the highest), the more distant your ridges will be from one another.

So grab some yarn and enhance your crochet skills by mastering the back loops only technique. Whether you're a seasoned crocheter getting back to the basics or a beginner keen to broaden your skills, incorporating back loops only will surely inspire your creativity and take your craft to the next level.

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