If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the loop stitch pillow I made like five years ago, before we moved to Denver. Well, it’s taken a while (and for no good reason — it’s super straightforward), but the pattern is actually coming soon! Before we get going on our pillows, I want to make sure y’all know how to crochet the loop stitch. Keep reading for a photo and video tutorial.
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Loop stitches are an easy, high-impact way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects. I’ve seen them on blankets and pillows, at the tops of baby booties, in amigurumi (especially loopy animals like sheep), and adorning sweaters. The best part is that they’re super easy to do! If you can single crochet (sc), you can loop stitch. No, really! They’re just single crochets with a big loop on the front. 👍👍
- You can use any yarn/hook and any number of starting chains.
- There’s no crochet abbreviation to remember, so if you see it in patterns, it will just say “loop stitch.”
- To make sure all the loops are on the same side of your work, rotate between rows of sc and loop stitches.
- You can cut your loops to create hair or straight fringe
- For this tutorial, I’m using Caron One Pound yarn (#4 worsted weight) and an H-8 5.0 mm crochet hook from Furls Crochet (Camwood Streamline).
Loop Stitch Video Tutorial
In the video, you’ll see two different ways to crochet this stitch. The traditional way (hook in right hand and yarn in left) and the way I crochet (both hook and yarn in right hand).
Begin by chaining your desired length of starting chain (+1 for the turning chain) and crocheting a row of single crochets (sc). In my example, I’ve already crocheted three rows — sc row, loop stitch row, and sc row.
After the row of sc, ch 1, turn, and start the loop stitch row.
1. Insert hook into sc from previous row
2. Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook, but keep your finger in the new yarn as you pull through.
After pulling through, you should have two loops on your hook. Do you see how I’ve kept my finger in the yarn? You could also use a knitting needle, marker, or popsicle stick to ensure that all your loops are the same size.
3. Yarn over and pull through both loops
That’s it! The back of your stitch should look exactly like the back of a single crochet, and the front should have a loop hanging off it.
To finish the row, loop stitch across. There’s no need to alternate between single crochets (like with the bobble stitch), unless you want a lower density of loops on your project.
Now you can go forth and add loopy texture to all your crochet projects and patterns.
Were you eyeing my crochet hook? It’s a Camwood Streamline from Furls Crochet. I love using it! You can get your Streamline hooks here.