Front Loop Single Crochet How to Do Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch: Free Tutorial and Instructions Plus Free Crochet Patterns to Practice With

Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows
Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows
Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch Crocheted in Rainbow Colors
Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch Crocheted in Rainbow Colors

Front Loop Single Crochet is a drapey, lovely variation of single crochet stitch that has slightly more of a fluid feel to it than ordinary single crochet does.


Front loop single crochet is easy to work. The instructions are as follows:


Work a starting chain of any number of chain stitches.


Row 1: Work one ordinary single crochet stitch into each chain stitch in the starting chain, all the way across.


ch 1, turn.


Rows 2 and up: Skip the first single crochet stitch from the previous row. Insert your hook into the front loop only of the next stitch and pull up a loop. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull a loop through to complete the stitch. Repeat these steps for each stitch across the row. At the end of the row, work a stitch into the turning chain.


ch 1, turn.


Repeat row 2 as many times as desired to make the piece as big as you want it to be.


As you work, you’re likely to notice an appealing ridge forming on every other row. This ridge isn’t present on ordinary single crochet, and it’s one of the reasons you might choose to work this variation instead of regular ol’ single crochet.


Other differentiating factors include a different gauge (This may differ from crocheter to crocheter) and a drapier, looser feel. There are great reasons to use every variation of single crochet stitch — but, for many purposes, this variation is my favorite.

What Do You Mean by “The Front Loop Only”?

Each crochet stitch you make has at least 2 loops: a back loop, and a front loop. The position of these loops is relative to you as you crochet; so, logically, the loop closest to you as you are crocheting is the “front loop” and the loop furthest from you is the “back loop”.


You might have to tilt the work slightly to observe both of these loops; they aren’t always clearly visible when you look at the work in progress unless you shift it to look at the top of the work.


Back and Front Loops of Crochet Stitches
Back and Front Loops of Crochet Stitches

So there you have it: That’s the front loop single crochet stitch. I hope you found these front loop single crochet instructions helpful.

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This page was last updated on 1-9-2020.

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