I originally started this blanket wanting to work front post double crochet stitches. This makes a VERY squishy fabric. It also eats through yarn like crazy. You can see my start using this stitch in the photo above. I might revisit it using a different yarn. We’ll see. For now, though, I switched gears and went with back loop half double crochet instead. It gives a similar effect in that it produces a slight horizontal ridge, but it goes faster and uses less yarn. Win.
When you work crochet stitches through the back loop only, it causes the stitch you’re working through to appear to tilt forward, so the top front of the stitch is visible on the side of the fabric facing you.
If you crochet, you know how the tops of stitches look somewhat like sideways “V”s or the > symbol when viewed from above. To work through the back loop you would be inserting your crochet hook and working only through that top arm of the stitch (instead of through both arms of the stitch). It’s a simple way to change up a basic stitch.
I could have used 3 skeins of the Feels Like Butta® Bonus Bundle®, but since I’m holding the yarn doubled it was easier to have 4 skeins. I’ll pair the leftover partial skeins with another yarn (I’m thinking maybe Winter Nights…) for another blanket.
Foundation Row: Half double crochet (hdc) into the second chain from hook and each chain to end – 85 hdc
Row 1: chain 2, hdc through the back loop (tbl) of each stitch to end of row – 85 hdc
*I never count my turning chain as a stitch for blankets. I like having a more solid edge, so my chain is only to turn and then I begin counting stitches.
Continue working row 1 until the blanket measures 45″ or desired length (larger blankets will need more yarn!)
Work a round of single crochet around blanket (3 stitches in each corner!)