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How to Crochet the Back & Front Loop Half Double Crochet

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In celebration of National Crochet Month, every Friday during March I am sharing a brand new crochet stitch tutorial with you! That is 5 new crochet stitches for your repertoire. This is week #2, if you missed last week’s stitch you can find it HERE.

This week’s crochet stitch is a variation on the half double crochet. I have done a little polling in my Facebook group (which you should probably join because its fun!) and the half double crochet seams to be alot of crocheters’ favorite stitch. Is it yours?

The Back and Front Loop Half Double Crochet is a simple variation on a typical half double crochet stitch. Instead of working the stitch through both loops of the stitch across the row, you will alternate between working in the back loop and front loop.

Back and Front Loop Half Double Crochet | Tutorial by The Unraveled Mitten

Working the stitch this way creates a really great texture… and if you’ve been here awhile, you know my love for all things textured. I already have some plans to use this stitch on a couple different projects.

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Back & Front Loop Half Double Crochet

In todays tutorial I am using:

-#4 Worsted weight yarn (it was an unlabled skein in my stash but I am almost 100% sure it is Red Heart Super Saver)

-6mm crochet hook

As always please feel free to use any hook and yarn combo you want


-Ch(s): Chain(s)

-Hdc: Half Double Crochet

-BLO: Back Loop Only

-FLO: Front Loop Only


-Ch 1 does not count as a stitch

-Work the first and last stitch of each row through BOTH loops.

-If you aren’t familiar with working in the back or front loop of a stitch I have made a handy graphic for you so you know where to insert your hook. If you want further help check out this video tutorial.

Back and Front Loop Stitch Placement | The Unraveled Mitten


back and front loop half double crochet row 1 | The unraveled mitten

Row 1: Ch an odd number of stitches. I chained 27 in this sample. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn

back and front loop half double crochet row 2 | the unraveled mitten

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in same st as chain 1. *Working in BLO, hdc in next. Working in FLO, hdc in next. Repeat from * across until 1 st remains. Hdc in last st. Turn.

back and front loop half double crochet repeat | the unraveled mitten

Repeat Row 2 until your piece is the size you want.

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  1. Juliana Taper says:

    What a great little change up that gives a soft, cushiony fabric with a lovely pattern. It is simple enough to keep your eye on the TV, but it looks great too!

  2. Helen says:

    Love the pattern & want to try it but was wondering how many sts at the end of each row. Many tks.

    • Heather says:

      Just chain any odd number of chains and the stutch pattern will work out. I chained 27 for my sample, which left me with 26 stitches at the end of the row.

  3. Helen says:

    Tk u for your quick reply. When I try a pattern I like to know how many sts at end of each row so I know I am on the right track. Will certainly try this for sure. I love the way it looks. Again, many tks to take the time out of your busy schedule.

  4. Bettie Brechtel says:

    I love your ethusisum and willingness to share your talent knowledge and encouragement. I’m 71 yrs old and am self taught and need the kinds of help u offer. May God bless you royally. .A new recruit. Bettie in Screven Ga

  5. Evelyn says:

    In your notes it says to SC in 1st and last stitch of each row. It doesn’t mention this in the pattern. It says hdc in last stitch so is that the next to last stitch if you SC in last St.

    • Heather says:

      It says to work the first and last stitch through both loops rather than just the back or front loop. You are only using hdc in this pattern, just changing which loop you crochet into. 🙂

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