I’ve heard it all before. Crocheting makes your wrists hurt. It’s too hard to put your hook into the next stitch. Attaching pieces is a nightmare.
What if I told you that one little trick could totally change all that? And crocheting would become relaxing and easy on your wrists again?
I’ll tell you the one thing you can do! And then I’ll show you why it rocks so much!
Crochet through the Back Loop
When crocheting, there are two loops: the front and the back (highlighted with a black line in the below photo).
The standard is to insert your hook under both loops when crocheting. But it’s not the easiest way!
Let me tell you all of the amazing reasons you might want to give the back loop a try!
Crocheting through the back loop is easy
See how the back loop is just hanging out at the top? It’s easy to see and easy to stick your hook into.
The back loop is able to pull a bit of slack from the front loop, so you can pop your hook in even if you’re a tight crocheter or have a hook with a big head!
Use a Hook that’s Comfortable for Your Wrist!
I have bad wrists. Using a small hook and jamming it into tight stitches makes my wrists sore.
When you crochet through the back loop, you can use a slightly larger hook without getting holes in the fabric, because the front loop gives you some coverage.
This is especially important with stuffed animals, where you are going to add stuffing and don’t want it to show through. Many patterns tell you to use a size E hook with worsted weight yarn… that’s crazy! Talk about a recipe for sore wrists!
Make it Easy to Count Rounds
Crocheting through the back loop leaves the front loop behind to make a nice horizontal row.
This row makes it super-easy to count how many rounds you’ve done!
I’ve done three rounds since the stitch marker… isn’t that easy to count?
Read this blog post for more details on using locking stitch markers to keep track of your rounds.
Make Attaching Easy!
That lovely row of front loop stitches makes attaching easy, too!
Attaching is usually the worst part of crocheting… but not if you crochet through the back loop and follow these easy tips!
Want to give it a try?
It’ll make your crocheting life oodles easier!
Here are handy links to all the posts about working the first round of your crochet pattern. . .
- Sloppy Slip Knot – the Easiest Way to Start Amigurumi
- Magic Ring (if you must – but it’s not as easy as the sloppy slip knot) 😁
- How (and Why) to Crochet through the Back Loop
- How to Find the Second Chain from the Hook
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