How to Crochet the Loop Stitch!

Loop Stitch Pinterest image

If you like shaggy fabric with lots of loopy texture, you’ll love crocheting the loop stitch! It might look complicated, but it’s not! It’s fun and easy! It’s easier than finding your way out of a time loop, getting your neck out of a loop, or even writing a  computer programming loop! And way more fun!

You can use the loop stitch for all kinds of nice things like handbags, rugs, pillows, vests and more. Whatever your imagination can come up with! For this tutorial, the only stitch you need to know is single crochet (sc). If you need help with single crochet, you can find help here.

Let’s start getting loopy!

Grab a crochet hook that you feel comfortable with and some yarn. Chain 25 stitches.

A crocheted chain of 25 stitches
Chain 25

Row 1: Foundation row

Turn and single crochet in each chain, skipping the first chain.

A row of single crochet stitches
Single crochet across

Row 2: Forming the loops

For this example, I used a cheap pen. One of the great things about crochet is you don’t need to use expensive tools or equipment. Depending on how large you want to make your loops, you can use your creativity and find things around the house to form your loops. You can also, just eyeball it and form your loops by leaving your yarn extra loose as you yarn-over after inserting your hook. I used a pen to make my loops a more uniform size than if I just eyeballed it. For practicing, I’d suggest something small like a pen, pencil, narrow dowel, etc.

In the picture below, some loop stitches are already made to show you how the pen (or whatever you’re using to form your loops) will sit within the stitches as you work. It can be a little awkward, but you’ll get the hang of it. Remember, the loop stitch is just like an ordinary single crochet except you’re not pulling the yarn snug when you yarn-over after inserting the hook. Instead, you’re passing it once over the pen.

Insert the hook into the next/first stitch.

Crochet hook inserted into stitch
Insert the hook into the next stitch.

Yarn over your loop form (pen in picture). Lead the yarn toward the hook.

Hook inserted, yarn over pen
Yarn over pen

Now, yarn over the hook as shown below.

Hook is inserted, yarn is over pen, yarn over hook.
With yarn over the pen, yarn over hook.

Just Act normal

Pull the yarn back through the working stitch, just like a normal single crochet.

Hook is pulling yarn back through the working stitch
Pull the yarn and hook back through the stitch you’re working.

Yarn over hook, pull yarn through the two loops on the hook.

Yarn is over hook, 2 loops on hook.
Yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Here’s how a few loop stitches will look as made around a pen.

Front of row of loop stitch
View of the loop stitches from the right side.

Below is my first row of loop stitches completed. I just need to slide the pen from the loops.

A row of loop stitches around a pen
A whole row of loop stitches around the pen

With the pen removed, you see a nice even row of loop stitches.

A row of loop stitches, a pen and a crochet hook
One row of loop stitches

The back (wrong) side of the piece looks like 2 nice rows of single crochet.

Back view of the row of loop stitches
Loop stitches from the wrong side.

Row 3: a new foundation row

A row of single crochet keeps all the loop rows on the right side of the piece. Chain 1, turn and single crochet across the row.

A row of loop stitches and a row of single crochet
The next row is single crochet.

Row 4: More loops!

Chain 1, turn and work your next loop row the same as the first loop row.

2 rows of loop stitches
2 rows of loop stitches

From here, the pattern simply repeats: alternate a row of single crochet and a row of loop stitches until your piece is the desired length.

Below you see four shaggy rows of loops and 4 rows of single crochet between.

4 rows of loop stitches
4 rows of loops!

Have fun with your loops! For a different, yet magic loop, go here!