The Crochet Loop Stitch is a fun way to add texture to your crochet and craft projects. It looks fantastic in a range of garments, accessories and home decor and you can either leave to loops looped or trim them to achieve a different effect.
Depending on the impact you are looking for, you can work the loop stitch as a single crochet (UK double crochet) or in another type of stitch. Though to start I would recommend working it just with a single crochet, which is what this tutorial focuses on.
Loop stitches are always worked on the wrong side of your work. They take a bit of practice to get right and are pretty tricky to explain in writing but I’ll have a go. I recommend watching the videos too to get a visual idea of how the stitch works!
How to Crochet Loop Stitch (ls)
- Insert hook into stitch
- Wrap yarn around your finger to create a loop
- Catch the strand of yarn at the back of the loop behind your finger (furthest away from you) on your hook then twist the hook around and catch the front part of the loop (the strand of yarn closest to you) on your hook
- Pull both strands through the stitch (3 loops on hook)
- Release your finger from the loop
- Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the stitch
You may find this video more helpful – you will probably want to pause and rewind it a bit to get the hang! (Note, the was made outside on a sunny day – there’s a bit of wind blowing at the start but it passes!!)
The videos show the stitch being worked double stranded. This is another option to create an even loopier texture as you see in the white loop stitch trim above.
Crochet Loop Stitch Video Tutorial
Once you have completed your loop stitch you can either leave the loops as they are or snip through the top of the loop to create more of a rug / pile effect. You can see the two options compared below.
Be prepared to do some trimming when you snip the loops, much like you would with a pom pom. Depending on the final look you are going for, ou will probably need to give it a bit of a tidy up. I intentionally have left this swatch un trimmed so you can get a realistic idea of what it looks like either brushed down or fluffed up.
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