Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch [FREE Crochet Stitch Pattern] |

Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch [FREE Crochet Stitch Pattern]

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Another variation on the basic single crochet stitch is the Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch.

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It is an essential stitch that you can use to create lovely ridged texture on the fabric with relative ease. You can easily tell the stitch by the ridges it creates.

The ridges that this stitch creates are helpful if you want to add ribbing to hems or cuffs when doing crocheted sweaters. In addition, you’ll frequently encounter this stitch if you do amigurumi.

Compared to the front loop, the back loop single crochet stitch has more pronounced ridges and closed fabric.

And if you’re going for a really textured style, why not try alternating the front loop and back loop with every stitch.

If you are not familiar with how to crochet the single crochet, we have a great step-by-step tutorial that you can find here: Single Crochet: Learn How To Single Crochet.

This Stitch looks more difficult to work than it actually is.

In addition, it varies from the single crochet stitch in the way the hook enters the center of the stitch and exits underneath the back loop, instead of inserting it under the entire stitch.

This stitch is particularly effective when worked in blocks of varied colors. In fact, it is ideal for making pillows or scarves, especially with its lovely ribbed appearance.

This stitch pattern is using US crochet terms. As a matter of fact, the term “single crochet” is not used in UK crochet terms. You can learn more about the differences between US and UK terms in this article: Crochet Terms: US and UK Term Differences Explained

Techniques Used for the Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch Pattern






single crochet

Crochet Instructions – Step by Step

Multiple: any number of stitches.

Step 1 Row 1

1 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Step 2 Row 1 Continuation

1 sc in every ch to end.



Step 3 Row 2

Ch 1 (does not count as stitch).


1 sc in back loop only of every sc to end of row.



Step 4

Repeat Step 3.


Crochet Chart for the Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch

For those who prefer a visual representation of a crochet stitch pattern, I have included a crochet diagram for your reference.

Stitch Key





worked in back loop only

Back Loop Single Crochet Chart

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