Many crochet patterns speak of certain loops, such as the front loops, the back loops, or it is described that both loops should be crocheted. Depending on the patterns, different stitches are given and occasionally you will find the patterns as an abbreviation blo (back loop only) or flo (front loop only).
But where are these loops exactly? Here in this article we will show you the different types of the loops, where they are exactly and how to crochet into them or how to crochet the different techniques such as flo or blo.
If you look at the crochet stitches from above, you'll see that they look like a cross V. The arm of the V that is in front is the front loop and the arm of the V that is in the back is called the back loop. By the way, this fact doesn’t change for left-handers, no matter which direction you crochet, inside stays inside and outside stays outside. You will notice that in this case we can insert our crochet hook into a wide variety of loops in a stitch.
Why is that important?
In most cases, the stitches are crocheted through both loops, or rather the crochet hook is inserted through both loops, respectively through both arms of the V, yarn is pulled and a stitch is crocheted.
That only the back loop is used could be due to the following reasons.
By crocheting in the back loop, you get a different stitch pattern, keeping the front loops in front creates an interesting "line" at the bottom of the stitches, giving your project that certain something.
Another possibility is that by crocheting into the back loop, a certain shape is achieved, as is often the case with amigurumi. This results in different “corners” and “edges”.
The last variant why only the back loop is crocheted is that the front loop is still needed later. For example, a different colored yarn is docked into the front loop and crocheted a dress for your amigurumi doll or a collar for your bunny.
How to crochet the back or front loop step-by-step
Insert your crochet hook into the back loop of the stitch, or rather the back arm of the V.
For the Stitch Flo you have to insert your crochet hook in the front arm of the V.
Bring the thread through this stitch.
You now have two loops on your crochet hook.
Get the thread again and pull it through both loops.
Your stitch "Back loop Only" is ready
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