How To Crochet: Loop Stitch

By Robin Beers – 11 Comments
The loop stitch also called the fur stitch or the boucle stitch is a really fun stitch once you get the hang of it. You can make loops of any size on just one side of your work or both sides if you wish. Use it to make loopy pillows, scarves, hats or rugs. The possibilities are endless!

There are a few methods to create this stitch. The method I chose for this tutorial is the easiest. The secret is how you hold the yarn in your left hand so look closely at the photos below.

Note: If you are left handed, just put your mouse over the photo for a left-handed view.

Start with a row of single crochet as a foundation.

Insert hook in next single crochet holding yarn around finger from back to front in a loop approximately 2 inches.

Grab left side of loop with hook, then right side of loop and draw both strands through stitch.

You now have 3 loops on the hook.

Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on the hook.

Your loop is now made on the opposite side of the work. Continue on across the row with loops as described above.

When finished with the loop row, if you want to have loops on only one side of the work, make a single crochet row across. Otherwise make a loop row every row for loops on both sides of work. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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  1. cowgrlw says:

    Thanks so much for explaining it, Robin! Now to get out a pattern for a poodle or a sheep to make with this! : )

  2. Jazmyn says:

    I learned to do this MANY years ago when my daughters were very young (almost 40 yrs!!!) and I made a baby size white cardigan sweater with this loop stitch and it was absolutely gorgeous!!!

  3. Robin says:

    That baby sweater sounds really nice, Jazmyn. Cowgrlw – that’s a great idea – maybe a stuffed animal for a child.This stitch makes me want to make a pillow. 🙂

  4. Angie says:

    I learned this stitch last Christmas for a pillow I made for my in-laws. It came out so pretty and she loved it. Thanks for the post. It is a fun stitch! 🙂

  5. melissa says:

    I can’t tell you have fabulous of you it is to show the left handed version as well. I can generally figure something out with the written instructions, but I can never follow the pictures !

    Thank you so much for that thoughtful “extra”.

  6. Erin says:

    I just saw a bear using this stitch today. It was cute. I’d like to use it for a rug or pillow. Or both!

  7. elisa says:

    thank you for the easy explanation of the loop stitch. This is so much easier for me to understand, with your picture tutorial.

  8. Sue says:

    Thanks so much for this!!! My grandmother used to crochet baby bonnets, sweaters & booties using this stitch. She taught me to crochet even though I’m left handed & she wasn’t. I had not learned this stitch from her before she passed and have always regretted it. Am so excited to be able to continue her legacy of the baby outfits now!!!

  9. Terri says:

    How do I close off at end or if I were to make rounded how do I join together?
    Thanks in advance.

  10. Patti says:

    I love this stitch. I made my children bonnets, sweaters, and booties. I wish I could find a pattern to make them for my friends. If anyone has a free pattern, please let me know. Thank you.

  11. Francisca says:

    I would like to have a pattern of crocheted loop cap and swirl
    Thank you

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