Tutorial: Locked Loop Stitch

December 13, 2016

Are you new to the Loop Stitch? - Or does your Loop Stitch work fall apart? :/
Here is a tutorial that works.

The Loop Stitch is a fun stitch to do and it gives you a great different texture, that can be used with all kinds of items. You decide whether you want the loops as they are, or if you want to cut them, when you are done.

Use the Loop Stitch for a rug, a pillow, amigurumi figures OR what about a Christmas beard?

Why a Locked Loop?

I know of people that have worked for hours with a loop stitch project, before they discovered that their work fell apart. We can't have that, can we?

Loop Stitch

First: Make a row of chains (ch). To make it easier for yourself when learning, you should also do at least one row of single crochet (sc). And remember to turn with a ch before starting a new row of sc/loop stitches.

If you prefer a video: Scroll down now.

Make a Loop

  1. Insert hook into the loops of the previous stitch. (As usual)
  1. Prepare to turn the hook over the yarn in front and grab the yarn at the back.
  1. Like this: Grab the yarn at the back.

  1. Yarn grabbed. Pull through loops of the previous row of stitches.
  1. First part of the loop is done.

Finalize the Loop Stitch

  1. Optional: Fold the loop into the back of your work.
  1. Grab your loose yarn end with your left hand. (The yarn of the ball).
  1. Yarn over and pull through all loops.
  1. Secure Loop Stitch done!
Repeat all the way across your work. When you reach the end turn with a ch and make a row of sc. Turn with a ch and make another row of loop stitches.

Video Tutorial


Loop Lengths

When you are done with this tutorial, you can practice different lengths of loops. I've tried to use a pen or a stick to get even lengths of the loops. It gets awfully clumsy.

It works much better for me, if I just use my finger. I decide for a certain length and then do a couple of testing rows, before I start the actual project.

Yarn Saver Tip

If you crochet in the rounds, you will not automatically have rows of single crochet stitches (sc). Consider only making every second stitch (or row) a loop stitch. The other stitches can be sc. Particularly if your yarn is slightly fluffy, there will still be plenty of loops to make a great texture. AND you will save a lot of yarn this way.

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  1. Can you do this video, but go through the 1st steps of making the loop much slower? I am trying to learn and I'm left handed, so trying to reverse it.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Did you make it work by now? If not, I could flip the video - and make parts of it go slower. So let me know.

      Btw: Sry for the delayed answer. Somehow the comments didn't work well and I just found out.

  2. Hey StoneGnome! I have done the loop stitch many times and exactly as you explain here....but it never stays. The locking final step just finishes the stitch, it doesn't "lock" it in place...the stitches will still pull out. I've scoured the internet and have not bbeen able to find a true lock for this stitch. If you have stumbled on, or created a new way to prevent the stitch from pulling out, I'd love to know! Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Can you tell me what to pull at to loosen the loop? Because I have just tried again and I cannot loosen my loop, when done.
      The final part is where most people go wrong, but it sounds like you do that already.
      Do you insert your hook in the first hole before twisting the hook around the yarn? Forgetting this, might be a plausible cause (I haven't tried though).
      If you are able to make a video to show what you do, I would be happy to see it and see if I could give any helpful feedback. You can catch me on facebook, if you prefer that :)



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