Crochet teacher and author Edie Eckman demonstrates how the technique of crocheting into the back bump can add texture and dimension to a decorative border.

Working into the back bump (sometimes called the “third loop”) of a single crochet forces the top two loops of the single crochet forward. This creates a series of horizontal Vs along the top surface of the border. It adds a nice dimension to the fabric and closely resembles a surface chain stitch.

Here’s a video tutorial to help you get a handle on how crocheting into the back bump is done.

You can see this technique at work in the yellow row of border #21 from my book, Every Which Way Crochet Borders, below:

Photo by John Polak, excerpted from Every Which Way Crochet Borders

To create this border yourself, simply follow the instructions — or the corresponding stitch diagram — below.

Base rnd (blue row, in photo), each side: Any multiple.

Begin 2 sts to left of corner st.

Rnd 1 (green row): Ch1, sc in each st around, placing 3 sc in each corner st, join with slip st to first sc.

Rnd 2 (yellow row): Ch2 (counts as hdc), hdc in back bump of each sc around, placing 3 hdc in each corner st, join with slip st to top of ch-2. Fasten off.

Rnd 3 (outermost green row): Slip st in each hdc around, join with slip st in first slip st. Fasten off.

Border 21 Every Which Way Crochet Borders

Border #21 diagram by Karen Manthey, excerpted from Every Which Way Crochet Borders

Edie Eckman

Edie Eckman is the author of Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, The Crochet Answer Book, and… See Bio

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