How to Work Into the Front and Back Loop

This technique makes a looser crocheted fabric and also adds horizontal lines. Usually, the hook is inserted under the two top strands of the stitch at the top edge of the crochet piece.

But in this method, the hook is inserted under just the front loop (on the side of the work that is facing you) or the back loop (on the side of the work that is facing away from you) of the stitch at the top edge of the crochet piece.

 

Front Loop (FL)

Insert your hook under just the front (the side that is facing you) strand of the stitch. After you work to the end of the row and turn the work, the front strand will still be on the side facing you, which is the other side of the crocheted piece. In this way, the "front" strand alternates back and forth when you are working in rows back and forth. When working in the round, the front strand is always on the same side of the work (the outside).

Yarn over and complete the stitch as usual.

 

Back Loop (BL)

Insert your hook under just the back strand of the stitch. Yarn over and complete the stitch as usual. After you work to the end of the row and turn the work, the back strand will still be on the side facing away from you, which is the other side of the crocheted piece. In this way, the "back" strand alternates back and forth when you are working in rows back and forth. When working in the round, the back strand is always on the same side of the work (the inside).