Wednesday, September 4

crochet 101 :: crochet in front loop part II

Crochet 101 is a series of crochet tutorials where I will teach you how to complete the basic stitches needed to crochet.

Hi :) 

Yesterday we learned how to crochet in the front loop only of our stitches.

Today's lesson is:

Let's get started!
You will need:

In this post, I show you where to look for what type of hook you will need for your yarn.
In our previous lesson, we stopped at our last stitch of the row (the turning chain):
This is what your work should look like at this point.
Let's move on!

Step 1:
Turn your work so that the turning chain is facing you.

 We will be inserting our hook into the front loop of the top of the turning chain, just like the rest of the stitches in the row (shown in the picture above with the needle).

So, continue as you normally would with a double crochet:
Step 2:
 Yarn over.

Step 3:

 Insert your hook into the front loop only of the top of the turning chain.

Step 4:
 Yarn over.

Step 5:
 Pull through.

Step 6:
 Yarn over.

Step 7:
 Pull through 2 loops. 2 loops left on your hook.

Step 8:
 Yarn over.

Step 9:
 Pull through the last 2 loops on the hook.
Your row of double crochet in the front loop only is finished!
(The bumpy ridge should be on the back side of your work.)

Below are 2 videos I made to show these steps in action. I have slowed the videos down so that every step is seen. I have also added music to the video because I filmed these videos with my phone and I have no idea how to mute the background while recording. Feel free to mute if piano is not your thing lol

*This first video shows you how to locate the top of the turning chain (shown with the needle), which loop to insert your hook into (shown with the needle), and how to continue with your stitch into the turning chain to finish up the row.

*This second video shows you how to move on to row 3 of working into the back loop only; starting with your chain 3, turning your work, and continuing on with the first couple of stitches in the row.

At the end of the second video, I show you what the front side and back side of your work should look like:
The 'ridge' created by crocheting in the front loop only will always be on the back of your work facing you when you are working in the back loops only.

 This is what the back side looks like after row 3. Every other row will have these ridges from crocheting in the front loop only which make your stitches almost look 3D.

I hope you had fun learning this technique. If you are having a hard time with anything, please let me know!

See you back here tomorrow for a regularly scheduled post :)

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