Am I crocheting inside-out?

Am I Crocheting Inside Out? - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World and FreshStitches

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Am I crocheting inside out?

I’ve been getting asked this question a lot recently… and when I get the same question more than once, I know it’s time for a blog post!

right side of crochet work

It’s pretty common for folks on discussion boards to say that you have to crochet with the right side facing out. This makes beginners feel very anxious when they are crocheting with the right side on the inside of the work.

Good news! There’s no right way to crochet, as long as you know which side is the right side and turn your piece appropriately before you are finished.

So, today, I’ve created a little video for you about crocheting inside out. (click on the rectangle in the lower right corner of the video frame to watch in full screen)

I hope the video has shown you the two possibilities, and convinced you that ‘crocheting inside-out’ isn’t a big deal!

16 COMMENTS

  1. What I like about crochet is that for most stitch patterns, there is no right nor wrong side. Crochet is more forgiving than knitting, IMO.

    • Dottie SAYS...

      Totally agree. If you drop a stitch in knitting, it’s a trick to fix but not so with crochet. So you go back a few stitches = much easier to figure out. IMHO

  2. Dennis SAYS...

    Why do I start crocheting on the right side, but in the middle of the foundation chain I have ribs, meaning I’m somehow flipping the side. I start off with the braid look, but then I continue and somehow in the middle of the chain the braid becomes the ribbed wrong side, and if I continue I can sometimes get the right side back up again. I’m not altering my hands. It just happens for some reason. Why is this? And how can I stop doing it? Please send me a response to dennismichaeltiffany@rocketmail.com. I’m frustrated. 🙂

    • Hi Dennis!
      It sounds like you’re rotating your chain as you crochet, which happens because foundation chains can be curly. It might help if you block (wet, lay flat and let dry) your chain before you start your first row!

  3. BelleAndrew SAYS...

    I think the best way for me to learn which was the correct way (which especially makes a difference when you are told to use back loop or front loop only)…is to think of your project like a cereal bowl and you are crocheting around the top lip of the bowl– if you are going clockwise, it is “correct” and if you are going counter-clockwise, it is “incorrect”.

    Prior to being told that, it was always just confusing..even though both ways look nice, there are times when it needs to be correct for future steps to work in the pattern.

    • Thanks for writing in! There’s no ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ way… both ways of crocheting are completely normal and which you do is just a matter of personal preference. I often crochet ‘inside out’ and turn it just before attaching.
      It’s true that there is a right side to the work, but as long as you know where that right side is, you should be able to continue on with the pattern- and crochet in your preferred way.

  4. Sally SAYS...

    Fantastic tip for beginners 🙂
    Sometimes, depending on how small the piece is & how long it’s gonna end up being, it’s actually easier to crochet ‘inside out’ then your yarn & your fingers & your opposite side stitches don’t get in each other’s way !
    As you say, just then turn it so the right side’s out when you finish.

  5. Thanks Stacey! I’m just a beginner to crochet – so it was great to see this video – as I wasn’t sure what was the right side myself. I have a question for you – how do you hold the yarn correctly to get the right tension on your crochet? I am taking your Craftsy class on Amigurumi: Woodland Animals – which is fantastic by the way, and was wondering how to hold the yarn to keep the tension (as mine looks quite uneven!). Thanks! Love your work and the podcasts with Abby too!

  6. Jodi P SAYS...

    For fifteen years of crocheting, I could never crochet a HAT without it looking like a flying saucer…..until I accidentally held my work inside-out……AH-HA!! Now I love making hats, and I often try inside-out for anything that needs to have a good shaping starting out. As long as you can turn it right side-out at some point, you’ll have success. Right now I’m making Stacy’s walrus, and the flippers and snout I started inside-out.

  7. Your ideas and patterns are great. I started a afghan and/or could possibly be used as a rug, which has 29 sections, each section has many just a few. You pick the the colors and is single crochet. Have never completed it. Hopefully I will, if I can get my arthritic fingers to work.

  8. Lynda SAYS...

    THANK YOU!!! I am a beginner and I WAS freaking out – just got the hang of it when I saw that the pattern said I needed to be working right-side out. Thank you for making this so easy to understand (my very first amigurumi – a wee mouse – thanks you too) 😉

    • So happy to hear it, Lynda! 🙂

  9. melody SAYS...

    That looks more like back loop crochet.

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