How to work back loop double crochet

In one of our recent crochet tutorials, we learned how to change the spot where you insert your crochet hook, a good example of this is the basket weave pattern that we also taught you a few weeks ago.

Today we are going to see how to work back loop double crochet. By changing the spot where we insert our crochet hook we can get very different textures than we are used to with traditional stitches.

How to work back loop double crochet

If you like stitches with texture, you’re going to love today’s video, because it creates a horizontal row of chain stitches that go through the rest of the stitches, creating a chunky, padded, and dense fabric, perfect for crocheting winter cowls or adding details to sweaters.

And, it’s really, really easy to do! You just need:

Any number of stitches + 2 extra stitches on the foundation chain. This crochet stitch can be used on both sides.

Row 1: Double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook. Work one double crochet in each chain until the end of the row. Turn your work.

Row 2: Chain 2 and skip the first double crochet, you will insert your hook into the second double crochet. Now, *work a double crochet inserting the hook from right to left behind the double crochet from the row below, and finish as usual*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, finishing with a double crochet through the back loop of the 3 skipped chains at the beginning of the fist row. Turn your work.

Row 3: Chain 2 and skip the first double crochet, you will insert your hook into the second double crochet. Now, *work a double crochet inserting the hook from right to left behind the double crochet from the row below, and finish as usual*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, finishing with a double crochet through the back loop of the 2 chain stitches of the row below. Turn your work.

Repeat row 3 until you acheive desired length.

Follow the steps in the video to learn how to crochet back loop double crochet:

Use your imagination to crochet anything you can think of with this stitch!

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