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Today we’re talking about crocheting in the third loop. This technique is great to achieve a ribbed look and it comes with a free pattern for a chunky, warm and cozy cowl.
First, let’s talk about Crochet in the third loop! or rather, let’s visualize how to accomplish it, step by step!
1. First you’ll need to make 1 round of plain old Half double crochet
2. Take a look at your work. From now on, you will not be crocheting the next round as usual. Instead you will use the third/side loop as marked in blue
3. Just to emphasize, you will not crochet at the top loops as you would normally do.
4. Now wrap the yarn around your hook as you would for normal HDC and then insert the hook into the third loop
5. The top view looks like this
6. Finish your stitch as usual, wrapping the yarn around the hook once more and pulling it through all remaining loops. You are now done!
Now let’s go for THE PATTERN!
For this I used 2 skeins of super bulky yarn and a 12 mm crochet hook, plus 2 buttons 3/4″ in size
make 56 chains
HDC in each stitch, starting at 2nd chain from hook
chain 1, make 1 hdc in the third loop in every stitch
Repeat for another 13 rows. You will now have 7 ribs in your cowl.