Where do I Insert My Crochet Hook?

I have had some people express an interest in knowing where you insert your hook when you are crocheting. For the people who has been following my blog for a while, this will be a subject that we have covered before to some extent in a previous post. To make this subject topic easier to find and for clarification purposes I have decided to give it a post of it’s own.  This way I can place a link for it under the tutorial’s.

Up until this year I would have told you that five different spots you could actually work into a stitch. There is the front loop, back loop, the top of the stitch, in-between the stitches and around posts. If you do not know where to find these spot, I have included a picture diagraming each one below.


This year brought an experience that proved that I will never stop learning new things when it comes to mastering crocheting.  When I was crocheting the an afghan square (Split Single Crochet) I discovered split stitches. When working a split stitch you take your crochet hook and insert the hook between the post of the stitch. (pictured above)  After researching the stitch I discover that this technique is done with all the basic stitches.

So where do you insert your crochet hook when you are crocheting?  To make this as simple as I can, when you are crocheting a regular stitch, you will insert the hook through both loops at the top of the stitch. There will be stitches where you insert the hook in only the back or front hook, but this is what is known as a speciality stitch and is always stated specifically in the pattern. The rule I always follow is that I insert the hook though the top two loops, unless otherwise stated in the pattern.

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and if there is any subject topic or stitch you would like to see a tutorial on please ask. I would love to help you alone your path to becoming a better crocheter.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.






About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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4 Responses to Where do I Insert My Crochet Hook?

  1. Love the way you made this available! I have learned this slowly on my own but for new crochet students this will be very helpful on catching on and leaving out the guess work!

  2. Thanks for the words of encouragement. It was area that I learned through trial and error. I really want to use my blog to help crocheter’s not to make the same mistakes that I made. Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Agothtale says:

    So useful, thank you so much !

  4. I am so glad you found the post useful, thank you.

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