I just learned how to do loop stitch! It takes a little practice, but the results are so fun. And since mornings are still chilly (spring appears to have gone back into hiding), it will be perfect for a much-needed rug next to my bed.
I started with Planet June's excellent loop stitch tutorial on YouTube, which is available in both right-handed and left-handed versions. I did the bottom half of the swatch shown above using her method.
This definitely took me a few tries to get right. Controlling the length of the loops to keep them uniform was especially tricky at first but it did get easier as I went along, and I love how the loops stand almost straight up from the base fabric for a really dimensional look.
This method is simpler and results in loops that lay a bit flatter against the base fabric. I'm not sure how well you can see the difference between the two methods in the first picture (this method is used in the top part of the swatch), so here is another view from the side.
The loops on the left are the Simply Crochet method, the loops on the right are the Planet June method. Both were done with the same yarn (Álafoss Lopi), same sized hook (5.5 mm), and as much as possible, the same sized loops (although I need a bit more practice with that!). l like both methods, but I think whichever one you choose for a given project will depend on project itself and the look you're going for. I would like to experiment more with different sized loops and am even wondering what this would look like felted - so many possibilities!