The crochet loop stitch can be used as a decorative edge or other decor in a variety of crochet patterns. The stitch is very easy to make once you have mastered the art of crochet.
The loop stitch is very similar to a single crochet stitch, only a loop is formed at the back of the work. The loop itself can be formed by wrapping the yarn around one or two fingers, a knitting needle or any other circular object that you might have on hand. The stitch is then worked in a similar fashion as a single crochet, except that you have an extra loop on the hook.
To make the loop stitch, insert the hook into the stitch indicated in pattern, wrap the yarn over the hook once, then working above the crochet hook, push the yarn back away from the work with your finger or knitting needle (this forms the loop). Then with the crochet hook pick up the strand of yarn on top of the finger and pull both strands on the crochet hook through. You should have three loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all three loops to secure the loop. Watch the video below for clear instructions.
The downfall of the loop stitch is that it can crawl through to the other side of the fabric during washing. Therefore, it is best to wash the projects by hand in order to avoid having to fix the loops. The good thing, however, is that even if the loops come out to the wrong side of the work, the crochet design itself does not unravel because the loops are secured in each stitch.