Are you wondering what it means to work into the "front loop only", or FLO, of your crochet stitches? Let me show you! We'll take a detailed look at the anatomy of the stitches. I want to start out by telling you that this technique is the same for all of the basic crochet stitches. This includes: chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and so on. The portion of the stitch that we are working into will always be in the same position.
To find the front loop of your stitch, look closely at the "v" along the top loops of the row (or round). The front loop is the part of the "v" that is closest to you. It's at the front of the stitch, relative to you. To work into the FLO, begin your stitch as usual. Then, insert your hook under the portion of the "v" that is closest to you. Push the hook out through the middle of the "v". Complete your stitch as usual.
We use this technique to create variations in the fabric. What happens when you work into one half of the "v" is that the unworked portion of the stitch gets pushed back. This creates a ridge of sorts. This can be used to create dimensions in the fabric. That can be really helpful if you're working on a basket or similar 3D project. Finally, if we work each row into one half of the "v" it creates an interesting pattern in the fabric.
- Any yarn
- Corresponding crochet hook