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The different ways crochet stitches

When you crochet it is very important how the stitches joined to stitches of the previous row. Depends on it how will look a finished fabric.

At first, let's look at the anatomy of a crochet stitch. On the picture below you can see that the stitch consists of: a front loop (red), a back loop (blue), a top of stitch (front and back loops together), a post (brown) and a space between stitches (green).

The anatomy of a crochet stitch and ways to insert a crochet hook in the stitch.

The anatomy of a crochet stitch

There are five ways to insert a hook in the stitch: under front and back loops, under front loop only, under back loop only, in space between stitches and in post of stitch. And so, let us consider in detail each method.

Method 1 - under Front and Back Loops (recommended way)

This method also called "under both loops" or "in both loops". It is as follows: when you work you insert the crochet hook under both front and back loops of the previous row.

Insertion crochet hook under both Front and Back Loops

Insertion under both Front and Back Loops

Method 2 - under Front Loop only

As the name implies, the crochet hook is inserted under the loop, which is located closer to you.

Insertion crochet hook under Front Loop only

Insertion under Front Loop only

Method 3 - under Back Loop only

In this case the crochet hook is inserted under the loop, which is located further away from you.

Insertion crochet hook under Back Loop only

Insertion under Back Loop only

Method 4 - in space between stitches

In this case the crochet hook isn't inserted in the loop. The hook is inserted in the space between stitches of the previous row, or under the arch formed by the chain stitches.

Insertion in Space between Stitches

Insertion in Space between Stitches

Method 5 - in post of stitch

You may have noticed when you make stitches with ways, which are described above, the stitches of the next row is slightly shifted relative to the stitches of the previous row. In some cases, such as when crochet in the round, it would be desirable to avoid. In this case, use the method of crocheting "in post of stitch". The crochet hook is inserted the in post of stitch (brown dot in the picture).

Insertion crochet hook in Post of Stitch

Insertion in Post of Stitch
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