Front and Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch [FREE Crochet Stitch Pattern]

For another stitch pattern that alternates between the back and front loop single crochet stitch, check out the Front and Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch.

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It is a simple crochet pattern that combines the front loop and back loop single crochet techniques to create lovely subtle textures.

If you are not familiar with how to crochet the back loop single crochet, we have a great step-by-step tutorial that you can find here: Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch.

We also have a tutorial for the front loop single crochet if you want to learn it. You can find this tutorial here: Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch.

The fabric this stitch creates isn’t as deeply textured as the kind that back-loop single crochet makes. However, its effect increases by working in stripes of different colors.

Or, you can create 3-dimensional texture effects like faux cables, ruffles, and layered flowers on your crocheted fabric.

In fact, by using different combinations of back loop and front loop stitches, you’ll be able to create a virtually infinite number of textures.

In addition, this stitch produces ridged and furrowed fabrics, and it is an excellent choice for making a variety of projects such as scarves, afghans, and washcloths.

It is important to note that this stitch pattern is using US crochet terms. As a matter of fact, the term “single crochet” is not used in UK crochet terms. Learn about the differences between US and UK terms in this article: Crochet Terms: US and UK Term Differences Explained.

Techniques Used for the Front and Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch Pattern

Abbreviation   
Description 

Tutorials

ch

chain     

sc

single crochet

Crochet Instructions – Step by Step

Multiple: any number of stitches.

Step 1
1.

1 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

2.

1 sc in every ch to end of row.

3.

Turn.

Step 2
1.

Ch 1 (does not count as stitch).

2.

1 sc in front loop only of every sc to end.

3.

Turn.

Step 3
1.

Ch 1 (does not count as stitch).

2.

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

3.

Turn.

Step 4
1.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3.

 

Crochet Chart for the Front and Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch

For those who prefer a visual representation of a crochet stitch pattern, here’s a crochet diagram for your reference.

Stitch Key

Symbol 

Abbreviation

ch

sc

worked in back loop only

worked in front loop only

Front and Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch Chart

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