FLO and BLO – where else you can insert the crochet hook?

Amigurumi is made almost exclusively using single crochet stitch. In a previous post, I showed how to make this stitch. The first step was to “Insert the crochet hook under both loops of the previous stitch”.

However, sometimes in the instruction you may come across the phrase BLO or FLO.

BLO

BLO means back loop only. While making a given move, we do not insert our hook under both loops of the previous stitch (as shown above). Instead, we use only the back loop, i.e. the one further from us. The remaining steps of making a single crochet stitch (or any other stitch for that matter) remain the same.

Inserting the hook under back loops only produces a horizontal stripe on the surface of the work.

FLO

FLO means front loop only. While making a given move, we do not insert our hook under both loops of the previous stitch (as shown above). Instead, we use only the front loop, i.e. the one closer to us. The remaining steps of making a single crochet stitch (or any other stitch for that matter) remain the same

Inserting the hook under front loops only produces a horizontal stripe on the wring side of the work.