Learn how to crochet the loop stitch with this fun and unique technique that creates a lovely loopy texture, perfect for adding interest to any crochet project. In this post you’ll learn how to crochet this stitch with a free step by step pattern and video tutorial. Whether you’re making a cozy blanket, a stylish scarf, a textured cushion, or amigurumi to create a lovely fur effect. The crochet loop stitch is a fun and versatile technique to add to your crochet toolbox.
Get creative and use a variegated yarn or switch colours to give your loop stitch projects more depth. Now this stitch can be a bit tricky to master, but once you’ve got the hang of it, creating the long loops is super fun! I’ve included lots of photographs to help you learn and don’t forget to check out the video tutorial at the base of this post.
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MATERIALS & TOOLS NEEDED
- Written in UK terms.
- Adapt your loop size by holding your tension finger in different positions. Closer to the work for a smaller loop and further away for a bigger loop.
- To adapt the density of the stitches you change the amount of rows in-between loop stitch or change the stitch in-between the loop stitches for example: instead of a double crochet, work a treble crochet row OR you could work 3 rows of double crochet in-between the loop stitch rows.
- Please note that I do say I am using a 4.5mm hook in the video, however it is a 4mm
CROCHET TERMS and abbreviations
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.
Loop Stitch (LS): Insert hook into stitch, wrap yarn around index finger and keep finger at the desired length for the loop. Wrap hook clockwise around the yarn (yarn under) laying in front of the index finger and then grab the yarn laying behind the index finger. Pull yarn through stitch (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining loops. Remove finger from loop.
LEFT HANDED INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOOP STITCH:
Insert hook into stitch, wrap yarn around index finger and keep finger at the desired length for the loop. Wrap hook anti-clockwise around the yarn (yarn under) laying in front of the index finger and then grab the yarn laying behind the index finger. Pull yarn through stitch (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining loops. Remove finger from loop.
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loop stitch PATTERN
Chain to width of project plus 1 for turning
Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn.
Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as st), LS in each st across. Turn.
Row 3: Dc in first st and across. Turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you reach your desired height. Finish on a row 2 and tie off.
step by step images: loop stitch
- Insert hook into stitch.
2. Wrap yarn around index finger and keep finger at the desired length of the loop. Take the hook under the yarn, lying in front of the index finger (yarn under).
3. Grab the yarn lying behind the index finger (yarn over) and pull back towards the stitch.
4. Pull yarn through stitch (2 loops on the hook).
5. Slip the loop off the finger then yarn over the hook.
6. Then yarn over the hook, pull through two loop and continue until the end of the row.
in-between the loop stitch rows
Working with the right side of the work facing you, you’ll work a row of UK double crochet/ US single crochet (see step by steps below) or if you want larger gaps in-between your loop work a UK Half Treble or Treble shirk is a US Half Double or Double. See images below for a UK Double Crochet.
- Inset the hook.
2. Yarn over, pull through (2 loops on the hook).
3. Yarn over pull through both loops on the hook.