Loop and Nub Stitch Tutorial

When making amigurumi, it's very easy to grow weary of making all-one-color-all-sc-all-the-time pieces.  In writing my crocheted pufferfish pattern, I used a pair of pattern stitches which I think could be used to help bust out of the monocromatic blues.  Give them a try and see what you think!

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EDIT: I also have a video showing how I make the loop stitch. You can watch it here:
http://needlenoodles.com/home/node/164



Nub Stitch



For these directions, the primary color yarn is shown in blue and the secondary color yarn is shown in white.





Step 1: pull secondary color yarn forward and under the primary color yarn






Step 2: sc 1 in primary color yarn






Step 3: Pull secondary color yarn back and under the primary color yarn






Step 4: sc 1 in primary color






Repeat Steps 1 through 4 as many times as required to complete the round.  This is essentially the same as the Loop stitch described below, but without the spacer step to make a loop, or the wrapping step to lock the yarn in place.  If you're having trouble with the Loop stitch, it might help to get the hang of this stitch first.



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Loop Stitch



For these directions, the primary color yarn is shown in pink and the secondary color yarn is shown in yellow





Step 1: sc 1 in primary color yarn, pull secondary color yarn forward and under the primary color yarn






Step 2: sc 1 in primary color yarn






Step 3: wrap secondary color yarn around spacer (popsicle stick is used in photo, but a pencil or pen or anything relatively smooth, and about 1" around) and pull secondary color yarn back and under the primary color yarn






Step 4: start a single crochet stitch with the primary color yarn, but do not pull the final loop of the stitch through yet






Step 5: Wrap secondary color yarn around primary color yarn.  Be sure to keep the primary color yarn taut.






Step 6: Pull the final loop of the sc through to complete the single crochet stitch in progress






Repeat Steps 1 through 6 as many times as required to complete the round.  The wrapping in Step 5 is important, because it "locks" the yarn in place.  Without the wrap, pulling on any one loop will just take up all the slack of the surrounding loops, and you'll wind up with one big loop and no nearby loops.







If you're having trouble with the Loop stitch, it might help to first get the hang of the Nub stitch, described on the previous page.  It is bascially the same stich, but without the spacer step to make a loop, or the wrapping step to lock the yarn in place.





Tip: Check the reverse side of the fabric to see if your loops are wrapped properly.






For contrast, this is what the back of the fabric will look like if you leave out the wrapping step.

Loop and nub stitch

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2014-12-31 15:24

Thank you for sharing your tutorial. What an interesting stitch! I think it would add interest to a crochet basket. I'm going to try it!

Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2013-03-25 03:09

Really, just wanted to thank you for sharing this interesting technique. Now to find a project to make use of this stitch...

LOVE!

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2012-09-10 16:01

I adore your tutorials, I've learned so much here that's improved my crocheting! I included a link to this page for my blog post this morning - http://www.mooglyblog.com/2012/09/10/unpinning-pinterest-91012/ if you want to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing!

Nice

Anonymous   |   Tue, 2012-07-10 10:17

beautiful work. i like to knit too. Thanks for new ideas ;)

Oh, nuts! I LOVE this look!

Anonymous   |   Mon, 2012-07-09 19:32

Oh, nuts! I LOVE this look! Now I'm going to have to find a nice contrasting color, rip out my purple shawl and start over.

Lidia

Anonymous   |   Tue, 2012-01-24 19:36

Wow!! I love this pattern it's so cute!! ☺♥

Loop Stitch

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2011-11-05 02:38

Hi,

I would appreciate some suggestions as to what you would create using this stitch.

Thanks much,
Karen

What would I create with this stitch?

NeedleNoodles   |   Wed, 2012-01-25 21:52

A tutorial. :)

Just kidding, of course. I made pufferfish using this stitch:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43970259

...and, since I primarily make toys, I would probably use this for other toys where speckles or texture might be useful. (Dragon scales? Hedgehog spikes? Leopard spots?)

This is amazing! Thank you

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2011-08-31 02:24

This is amazing! Thank you for sharing :-)

Tutorials

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2011-07-16 18:56

Great tutorials. I especially like your idea to get the loop size in the second! Thx!

Tutorials

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2011-07-16 18:56

Great tutorials. I especially like your idea to get the loop size in the second! Thx!

the loop stitch is awesome!

Anonymous   |   Sun, 2011-05-15 03:58

the loop stitch is awesome!

Thanks!

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2010-12-18 17:39

Just stumbled upon this tut! Thanks for sharing it - I can't wait to apply the loop idea to some hats for my DD :-) hehehehe.

could you make a video of

Anonymous   |   Tue, 2010-09-28 13:01

could you make a video of this? I feel like I need "moving" instructions, but I looooove this idea!

Yup! http://needlenoodles.com

NeedleNoodles   |   Thu, 2012-04-26 04:23

Wow! this is fabulous, and

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2014-02-20 02:49

Wow! this is fabulous, and soooo cute :-)