Working into the Back Loop

Standard term:  Working into the Back Loop

Standard abbreviation: BL

BLO - Back loop only
tbl - Through back loop

A method that can be used with any type of stitch. Instead of working under both bars of the stitch of the row below as usual, the stitches are worked into the back bar only, leaving the front bar unworked.

This creates a less stable, more flexible fabric and when working in rows, differs from working in the front loop by leaving a slightly larger ridge (the unworked stitches) on the front of the work.


  1.  This example shows a treble (USA - double) crochet being worked.  Instead to inserting the hook into the stitch in the normal way, lift only the back section and leave the front part unworked as indicated.
 2.  Wrap the yarn around the hook and then insert the hook under the back bar of the stitch only.
 3.  Pull the yarn through the back loop.

  4.  Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook.
5.  Wrap the yarn around the hook again and pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook to complete the stitch.