One loop… two loop… front loop… back loop… (OR) Where to put your crochet hook!
Making different fabrics by inserting your crochet hook into different loops.
Yup… we've seen all levels of crochet folk ask this question and we've answered it in every level of class from newbie to experienced.
Knowing where to insert your crochet hook when you make your crochet stitches and how different loops affects your final fabric is a vital piece of information that will change how you look at your stitching forever.
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Why Use It?
In this crochet tutorial, we are going to cover three options for where to insert your hook when you make crochet stitches. As with all of our tutorials where we give multiple ways of working a particular technique, it's all about OPTIONS!
Whether you are making your first crochet square or your fiftieth crochet garment; whether you just picked up your hook for the first time or you've been wielding the hook for eons; having options for making different types of fabric is ALWAYS a good thing. The more versatile you can be when making your crochet fabric, the better you will be at making exactly what YOU want.
So… once again… OPTIONS!
To Work Today's Tutorial
Here's a list of materials we used to make today's tutorial for where to insert your crochet hook. While you can, of course, use any materials you have on hand, these materials listed are what we recommend you use while you are learning.
Worsted Weight, 100% Pure Wool
H-8/5.00mm Crochet Hook
Double Crochet Stitch
Single Crochet Stitch
Single Crochet Through the Front Loop (sc tfl)
Single Crochet Through the Back Loop (sc tbl)
Break It Down
Now… on to the subject of where to insert your crochet hook when you make a stitch…
This is one of those instances where different pattern templates for different companies/publishers/magazines will use a different wording for the same stitch. In all cases, tbl and tblo both mean to insert your crochet into the back loop of the next stitch to make your new stitch.
As you hold your own swatch in your hands, you will see that the stitches made in the back loop only leave a ridge on the front of your work. That ridge is created by the unworked front loops of the stitch you worked into. We'll show you how that unworked ridge comes into play in a minute…
Again… different pattern templates for different companies/publishers/magazines sometimes means different wording for the same stitch. In all cases, tfl and tflo both mean to insert your crochet into the front loop of the next stitch to make your new stitch.
This fabric is highly versatile depending on your crochet hook size, the stitch and yarn you use to create it. We encourage you to play with different stitches (single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet) and types of yarn and hook sizes to see what kind of fabric variations you can create.
Through the Front Loop Finished Fabric
And this is the type of FAB fabric you get when you work in Single Crochet tfl stitches. This is a vest from our book Urban Edge. Check out the drape and flow of that fabric!
This particular vest is made in all sc tfl and the resulting fabric is flat with a little texture from that unworked loop and the drape is AH-MAY-ZING! Seriously… you have to try making this type of fabric in different yarns with different hook sizes. And, yes, you get a similar result from half double crochet tfl. We've also swatched in double crochet tfl but the fabric ends up being actually a little to loose for our liking in most cases. That said… swatch it up! Y'all might LOVE it and use it for your next project!
You can click on the photos below to see more of Urban Edge
A Final Word… or two…
In the end, yes, it's all about choices. The more choices we have in our crochet toolbox, the more versatile we can be as stitchers when it comes to making our projects. If you wanted to buy fabric and walked into a fabric store and they only had three or four bolts of fabric, your choices would be limited as to what you could make. Can you imagine your kitchen being stocked with only three or four items… TOTAL?!? Meal options would be a little limited… and would become boring really fast. Likewise, your crochet toolbox needs to have options. When you want to make a project and need a certain type of fabric, the more skillz you have to pull from your crochet toolbox, the more likely you are to be able to make exactly what YOU want.
So give these different loops a try. Make some swatches and play with the stitches, yarn, and hook size to see what kind of fabric variations you come up with.
As with any new technique, it takes a few times to get the muscles to coordinate so the result is flawless. That's okay… As always… experment! Play! SWATCH! That's how we get better at what we do and how we make our already good crochet skills FAB!
And… hey… if you aren't happy with your experiment rip it out and go again! You'll get it!
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