Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Back Loop Only Single Crochet, Front/Back Loop Variations

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16






Make the back loop only single crochet stitch almost the same as you make the front loop single crochet stitch. Instead of going into the front loop only, you insert your hook into the back loop only of each stitch.

Alternately, you can make one row inserting your hook in the front loop only of your stitches, and then on the next row, make the next row inserting in the back loop only of your front loop only stitches from the previous row.

Another thing you can do is alternate (similar to knit/purl for those of you familiar with knitting), and insert your hook in the front loop only, then the back loop only, of each stitch across your row. You can vary your pattern by making a set amount of front loop only single crochet, and then a set amount of back loop only single crochet to create your own design using the front or back loop only stitches.

Back Loop Only Single Crochet Stitch
Step 1: Make a foundation chain plus 1.

Step 2: Insert hook in second chain from hook.

Step 3: Draw up a loop and pull it back out of the chain.

Step 4: Yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.

Step 5: Single crochet in each of the remaining chain stitches.

Step 6: Chain 1, insert hook in back loop only of the first single crochet stitch. Instead of going under both loops of the stitch in the previous row, you want to insert your hook over the first loop, but under the second one, using the back loop only of the previous stitch.

Step 7: Draw up a loop and proceed to make a regular single crochet stitch, only inserting your hook through the back loop of the indicated stitch.

*Chain 1 to begin a new row of back loop only single crochet.

*Count your stitches to keep edges straight.

Pictures from top to bottom: Back loop only single crochet, 1 row front loop only sc/1 row back loop only sc, 1 stitch front loop only/1 stitch back loop only sc

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