Front and Back Loop Stitches


Though, normally you will work into both of the top loops of a stitch, there are times when a pattern will call for working into the back loop [bl] or the front loop [fl]

When working a front loop, put your hook through from bottom to top, and work stitch as normal.

♥ Handy Hint : When working a back loop, put your hook down from top to bottom, through the middle of the two top loops, into the space between stitch posts, and flick your hook towards the back of your work. This will actually pick up the “3rd” loop and stop you getting “stretched” loops.

In photo 3 you can see the 3rd loop picked up by the hook.




Here you can see the difference. Working the front loop gives a smooth effect and working the back loop gives a ridge along the work, which some patterns will then ask you to work into on subsequent rows or rounds.



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