Where is the Back Ridge of a Chain in Crochet?

By Rachel Choi – 15 Comments

There are a few ways to crochet into your foundation chain. The most common way is to insert your hook under the top loop on the front of the chain. However, you may want to insert your hook in the back ridge of a chain instead. Where is the back ridge?

Here is a picture of the front of several chains.
crochet chain
Here is a picture of the back of the chains. The back ridge is the small “hump” on the back of the chain.
back ridge
Why crochet into the back ridge?
Symmetry – the beginning of your work will look more like the end of your work. The 2 loops of the chain that look like the front and back loops of a stitch will appear at the beginning of your work.

Do you have a question about the back ridge of a chain stitch? Or do you have info you would like to share? Leave a comment!

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15 Comments

  1. Bethintx1 says:

    Another cool thing about working in the back loops of the chain is, if for some reason, you want to remove the chain, you just slip out the tail and pull and the chain will unravel even with stitches in it.
    This is a technique knitters often use.

  2. Janice says:

    To: Bethintx1

    Why would you be removing the chain with stitches in it? Won’t that cause those stitches to be unstable and loose? I’m not sure why you would do this. :) Please give an example of when this might be done. Please explain. Thanks.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE your site!!! I’ve crocheted a couple of small projects (scarves), but was never really taught all the ins and outs. I always wondered where to poke my needle into the foundation chain. THANKS!!!

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