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Parts of a crochet stitch

Are you wondering what exactly does it mean when a pattern instructs you to crochet into front or back loops only or around the post of a stitch? Then read on.

In this post I will talk a little about the parts of a crochet stitch and show different ways you can insert your hook through a stitch. Because amigurumi is usually crocheted with single crochet stitches (double crochet in UK and Australia), I will use it as an example here, but the rules apply to all crochet stitches.

NB! All stitches are crocheted as usual, the only difference is where you insert your hook.

Parts of a crochet stitch

Each crochet stitch consist of a post (sometimes called the stitch or vertical bar) and two loops on top of it.

crochet basics

Crocheting through both loops.

This is how amigurumi is usually crocheted  and unless the pattern says differently, all crochet stitches should be crocheted around both loops on top of the stitch, inserting the hook under the two loops.

1. Insert your hook under the two loops on top of the stitch.

crocheting in both loops

2. This creates a nice even fabric, that doesn't stretch too much and is perfect for amigurumi.

crocheting amigurumi

Crocheting through front or back loops only.

Crocheting through front or back loops only can be used to shape your work, create a lighter fabric or leave a row of loops you can later work into.

a) Crocheting in front loops only

1. Insert your hook under the loop towards the right side of your work.

crocheting in front loops only

2. This leaves a row of loops on the wrong side.

 

b) Crocheting in back loops only

1. Insert your hook under the loop towards the wrong side of your work.

crocheting in back loops only

2. This leaves a row of loops on the right side.

front loop crochet

 

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Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

 

 

Crocheting around the post of a stitch.

Stitches can also be crocheted around the post to create texture or shape your work. Depending on whether you go under or over the post, it is called front or back post crochet stitch.

a) Front post crochet stitch

1. Insert your hook on the right of the post, from front to back.

 front post crochet stitch

2. And go under the post, bringing the hook back up on the left of the post.

front post single crochet

3. And then complete the stitch as you would normally.

crocheting around the stitch

 

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Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

 

 

b) Back post crochet stitch

1. Insert your hook on the left of the post, from back to front.

back post single crochet stitch

2. And go over the post, bringing the hook to the back of your work.

back post crochet stitch

3. And then complete the stitch as you would normally.

 

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Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

 

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