You can create new pattern stitches using the same basic stitches you’ve already learned by simply changing what loops you crochet into. As you explore more advanced pattern stitches, you will find some that tell you to work into a specific loop. Give them a try and practice these versatile and important techniques.
front loops and back loops
Single crochet ribbing For a ribbed pattern, crochet every row by working into the back loops only. Although you can work in any basic stitch, it looks best in single crochet (shown here) and half double crochet. This pattern stitch has a lot of stretchiness to it, making it the perfect choice for a neckband, collar or cuff.
Half double crochet worked in front loops and back loops To make a pattern stitch with subtle horizontal lines, alternate working into the back loops of one row, then into the front loops of the following row. Half double crochet is shown here, but you can use this technique for any pattern stitch with equally nice results.
Half double crochet worked in front loops and back loops across row Create a rich crocheted fabric when you alternate working into the front loop, then the back loop across the same row. This pattern stitch looks best when worked in either single crochet or half double crochet (shown here).