Tasha Margette Reynolds

Crochet Tips & Tricks! Episode 1

Crochet Tips & Tricks by Happily Hooked Magazine

Featured Image Pattern is the Naestariel Baby Blanket by Krisztina Edomer – featured in March 2020 issue of Happily Hooked Magazine.

We’re so excited to have our YouTube Channel up and running!  This week’s episode is Crochet Tips & Tricks, where Sam goes over how to identify a front loop, back loop, and third loop in your crochet stitches.

This is such a basic skill to learn and great for beginner crocheters!

In this post, you’ll learn how to identify…

  • Front Loop
  • Back Loop
  • Third Loop

The full video tutorial is at the bottom of the post, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our YouTube Channel!  Head over and subscribe and hit that bell button so you will be notified of all future videos.

Crochet Tips & Tricks – Episode 1

1.  Front Loop (FL or FLO) – What Is It and How Do I Identify It?

Crochet stitches have a V shape when you look at them from above, as seen above.

In a crochet pattern, the front loop is abbreviated by the letters FO (front loop) or FLO (front loop only) and is located on the leg of the V that is closest to you as you crochet.

Crocheting through the front loop is achieved by inserting your hook from front to back under just that front loop and completing your desired stitch.

Why Use the Front Loop Only?

Crocheting into the front loop only creates a ridge on the back of your work, which creates a nice texture.

2.  Back Loop (BL or BLO)

Back Loop Happily Hooked Magazine

The back loop is the leg of the V furthest away from you as you crochet.

In a crochet pattern, the back loop is abbreviated by the letters BO (back loop) or BLO (back loop only).

Crocheting through the back loop is achieved by inserting your hook from front to back under just the back loop and completing your desired stitch.

Using the Back Loop Only

Crocheting into the back loop only creates a ridge on the front of your work, which is not only great for texture, but also for creating mandala’s using the overlay crochet technique.

3. Third Loop

Front Third Loop Happily Hooked Magazine

The third loop is located as a horizontal bar in the front (or back) of a stitch.  In the photo above, we are working the hook into the front of the stitch.

If a pattern calls for working into the third loop, unless specified otherwise, you will work into the front third loop.  Otherwise, with half double crochet also has a third loop in the back, also known as the “camel hump.”

How to Use the Third Loop Only

Crocheting into the back loop only creates a ridge on the front of your work, which is not only great for texture, but also for creating mandala’s using the overlay crochet technique.

Crochet Tips & Tricks – Episode 1

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Crochet Tips & Tricks by Happily Hooked Magazine

 

Tasha Margette Reynolds

www.happilyhooked.com

I am a crochet blogger & designer, so happy to be a part of the Happily Hooked Team! In my spare time, I love to roller skate and spend time with my family, and crochet my heart away.

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