An Overview of Loops in Crochet

Loops are an integral part of crocheting. The following resources will help you understand loops and how to work with them while crocheting.

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    Front and Back Loops

    Screenshot From the Front Loops and Back Loops Video Posted at Video.About.com.
    Screenshot From the Front Loops and Back Loops Video Posted at Video.About.com. Screenshot From the Front Loops and Back Loops Video Posted at Video.About.com. © About.com.

    What does "back loop only" mean? If you've encountered this perplexing phrase in a crochet pattern, and you have no idea what it means, this page will help. The page includes pictures plus examples and free crochet patterns you can use for practice with crocheting into the back loops of your stitches.

    If you'd like to see a crochet teacher demonstrating which loops are the front loops vs which loops are the back loops, check out this free video.

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    Sunset Pebbles Wrist Warmers
    Sunset Pebbles Wrist Warmers. Sunset Pebbles Wrist Warmers -- Photo © Erica Jackofsky

    If you'd like a more in-depth look at how to crochet through loops, this tutorial is the page to look at. There is also a practice project that accompanies this tutorial; once you've completed the tutorial, be sure to use what you've learned by making a pair of sunset pebbles wrist warmers.

    If you'd rather try a quicker project, check out this textured washcloth pattern.

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    Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch Photo
    Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch - These Single Crochet Stitches Were Worked Only in the Back Loops. Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    You can create an interesting textured variation of single crochet stitch just by crocheting through the back loops only. This tutorial demonstrates how to do it step by step.

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    Have you encountered instructions to "pull up a loop" or "draw up a loop"? If you have no idea what these instructions mean, this page will help.

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    What does it mean to "crochet in the remaining loops" of your starting chain? The following pages feature photos and instructions that will help you understand these directions.