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.
Row 1: Foundation row
Turn and single crochet in each chain, skipping the first chain.
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.
Yarn over your loop form (pen in picture). Lead the yarn toward the hook.
Now, yarn over the hook as shown below.
Just Act normal
Pull the yarn back through the working stitch, just like a normal single crochet.
Yarn over hook, pull yarn through the two loops on the hook.
Here’s how a few loop stitches will look as made around a pen.
Below is my first row of loop stitches completed. I just need to slide the pen from the loops.
With the pen removed, you see a nice even row of loop stitches.
The back (wrong) side of the piece looks like 2 nice rows of single crochet.
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.
Row 4: More loops!
Chain 1, turn and work your next loop row the same as the first loop row.
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.
Have fun with your loops! For a different, yet magic loop, go here!