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How to Crochet Front Loop Only Single Crochet Stitch

Learn how to crochet the front loop only single crochet stitch in this step by step tutorial. The single crochet is usually worked under both loops of a stitch. To crochet under the front loop, you will work into the loop closest to you.

The front loop sc is an easy stitch to make. You will need to know where the front loop is on a stitch. Then you’ll know exactly where to put your crochet hook.

I’ve included photos for each step of crocheting in the front loop below. This tutorial uses the single crochet stitch to show the front loop, but you can use any crochet stitch.

Yarn

The front loop crochet stitches work up fantastic in most yarns. I love how it gives the fabric a little stretch. And when you crochet the front loop stitches and pair them with back loop stitches, or even regular crochet stitches the result is amazing texture.

A little crochet tip I’ve learned is when my hook is having trouble gliding through the stitches, I can use the front loop or back loop stitch to make it easier. Just working to get the hook under one loop instead of two works like a charm.

Front loop only single crochet swatch.

What Can I Crochet With The Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch?

The California Crochet Wrap works up beautifully in self striping yarn and the front loop only single crochet stitch. This easy crochet rectangle wrap makes a perfect light shawl.

The Cara Crochet Face Scrubby features the front loop single crochet. These little crochet scrubbies make great stash busting gifts. Especially with the wrapper, you can purchase the Scrubby Wrapper PDF for printing at home for a small cost from my Etsy shop. Or join my newsletter and print it off for free from the Resource Library.

Materials

  • This stitch works with any weight yarn and compatible hook
  • For this tutorial I’m using my Furls Streamline Swirl* in Virgo size (I) 5.5mm and Vanna’s Style a #3 lightweight yarn.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

These are stitches and abbreviations I use in this tutorial. Click any of the links for tutorial.

ch-chain

flo-front loop only

fsc-foundation single crochet

sc-single crochet

yo-yarn over

st-stitch

Level

Easy

Construction

In this tutorial I’ve worked a flat swatch of single crochets using the flo single crochet stitch on each row.

The front loop single crochet can be used the same way in the round. How you crochet under the front loop does not change.

Front Loop Single Crochet Tutorial

Front loop only single crochet swatch.

How to Single Crochet in the Front Loop {flo sc}

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

Learn how to front loop single crochet in this step by step tutorial.

Materials

  • any weight yarn, I'm using a #3 light weight yarn

Tools

  • crochet hook compatible with your yarn, I'm using a 5.5mm (I) hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Foundation single crochet row.Row 1. Start with a row of regular single crochet stitches. Here I have 16 fsc, or you can ch 17, sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn. (16 sts)
  2. Ch 1 for row 2.Row 2. Ch 1 (this does not count as a st),Front loop marked. work in the front loop only-this is the loop closest to you. The front loop is marked with a line on the first stitch that has the hook in it, and the second front loop is marked with the circle.
  3. Insert hook only under this front loop, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops = 1 flo sc
  4. Row 2 complete of front loop single crochets.continue to flo sc in each st across, turn. (166 sts)
  5. Now turn your work and you'll see the back loops all lined up hornizontally across beneath the single crochets you worked into the front loops. Row 2 turned to show back loops.
  6. If you continue to flo sc in each row, you'll see the back loops line up every two rows.
  7. Front loop only single crochet swatch. It works up with a nice texture that's easy to make.

Notes

Alternatively you may consider starting and ending each row with a regular single crochet-under both loops.

You can also alternate front loop only stitches with back loop only stitches for an even more textured fabric.

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