Learn how to crochet into the back loop of your stitches using this easy, step-by-step tutorial by Claire Montgomerie.
If you have crocheted before, you may already know that, unless a pattern says otherwise, all crochet stitches are worked under both legs of the ‘V’ stitch in your row. There are variations to this where you may be asked to work into only the front, or back, loops of your stitch.
On crochet patterns, you may see ‘through the back loop’ abbreviated to ‘blo’ (back loop only) or sometimes ‘tbl’ (through back loop).
Insert your hook through the center of the stitch, and under the leg of the ‘v’ shape furthest away from you, then complete your stitch!
And there you have it! This technique creates a really lovely striped texture, and looks great when used to work tapestry crochet.
Claire is a textiles designer, specialising in knitting and crochet for over 15 years. After studying at the Royal College of Art, she pursued a career in the fashion industry, but found she enjoyed the more practical side of textiles. While creating her free crochet patterns for our Natural Spring Collection, she was inspired by the Eco Cotton, Cotton Braid, and Everyday Jute yarns, and wanted to use colorwork to show off their properties.
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