Rainbow Waves Afghan

You Decide: Which Version Do You Most Prefer?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

186 thoughts on “You Decide: Which Version Do You Most Prefer?

  • July 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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    The first 2 of these I did in back loops only. This time I’m doing a full bed size using Caron Simply Soft, it is what my daughter choose. With this yarn back loops only left way to many open holes for my liking and since my daughter wanted this for her and the kids to snuggle under in the winter, I didn’t want those holes. So I’m doing it in both loops and it looks great. Think it depends on the colors you use to keep them from blurring together. The colors she chose are Neon Pink, Neon Orange, Neon Green with a Neon Yellow as a one line breaker in between rows of 6. I know this is different from the pattern but it is what I thought worked for these colors. I say each person needs to do what works best for them and the yarn they choose to use. Good luck

  • August 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm
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    I also prefer the back loop like. It is time consuming but so worth the effect that it creates.

  • August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm
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    I prefer using the back loops only ~~ not only when the pattern(s) calls for it, but on other patterns to give the finished item a much more interesting look. I bought a lovely ripple afghan kit with pattern from Annie’s Attic. I thought I would have a tough time because it looked like it was soooo complicated. When I read the pattern, it was NOT complicated and it used only the back loop stitches which gave it that lovely, complicated look. I’ve now made several of these, and they are always received with such awe and appreciation.

  • August 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm
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    I must confess the first time I worked on a project with back loops it threw me for a loop! But after struggling only a little while it became very simple to see that loop clearly and slip my hook right on through. I love the look it gives this afghan, gives it a ‘personality’ so to speak. Hooray for back loopers :):)

  • July 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm
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    Definitely back loops!

    When I learned to crochet as a child (at school) we always used back-loops (or rather front-loops) only. It wasn’t until some years ago that I discovered that this way is an exception to the standard rule – never to old to learn, I guess. πŸ™‚

  • June 29, 2013 at 4:11 am
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    I love using back loops. More texture, more depth.

  • June 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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    When my grandmother taught me to crochet years ago the back loops was the only way I would do a project. I never knew to go through the two loops. I really like the look of the back loops for this project.

  • June 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm
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    I think the back loops look much more distinctive. For those who prefer not to use back loops, I would suggest making the color changes noticeable.

  • June 15, 2013 at 7:33 am
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    They both look great, but, it depends on what look you are going for. With the back loops – the stitches, rows, colors appear to be more pronounced. Whereas, stitching both loops, they melt together, a sort of blurry indiscriminate way.

  • June 15, 2013 at 2:58 am
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    I love the look of the back loops! They are both really pretty, but I prefer the back loops.

    • June 15, 2013 at 8:05 am
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      I agree, the back loops. It add style to the pattern.

  • June 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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    I really like the back better for this pattern. I was one of the people who said the right side was the top one. To me, it just looked smoother. Carolyn :o)

  • June 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm
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    Love the backloop look

  • June 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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    Definitely would do this in the back loops…. but both looks are great!!

  • June 14, 2013 at 11:37 am
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    they are both equally nice for their own reasons

  • June 14, 2013 at 10:51 am
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    maybe it’s my eyes but i would need to see 2 complete samples using same color pattern to get a true measure of the look to be able to judge.

  • June 14, 2013 at 10:45 am
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    I use the back loop on a lot of projects because I like the texture it gives the project. I will do both depending on the project. Mahalo for all your tips, hints and general comments. I really love your site

  • June 14, 2013 at 10:39 am
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    I personally love the texture that back/front loop, or even back/front post, stitching gives a project. Post stitching can add time to a project, since it decreases the overall row/round height, but it is a more dramatic look than just back or front loop. I will sometimes even mix it up with some of each! It’s all a matter of preference and the look you want to achieve on the project.

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  • June 14, 2013 at 7:54 am
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    I like the back loops. This is what the pattern is all about.

    • June 14, 2013 at 8:46 am
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      love the back loops gives texture.

  • June 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm
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    Definitely back loops- I love the texture!!!

  • June 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm
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    Back loops only. No depth on both loops.

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm
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    I like both, but the back loop way is the way to go for this afghan.

  • June 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm
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    I like it better with back loops

  • June 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm
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    Back loops, it makes it more of a wave, I have done many things in back loops I don’t understand how it is a pain for some.

  • June 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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    To be honest I like the raised look and the back loop used. Keep up the fantastic work. LOVE THIS BLOG. THANKS

  • June 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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    Working into the back loop is a bit of a pain, but oh so worth the effort in the end!

  • June 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm
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    Bask Loops definately

  • June 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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    I like the one using the back loops, gives it texture. Will you be making a video for this pattern? I have had the written pattern for years, but had trouble doing it.

  • June 13, 2013 at 10:43 am
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    Back loops πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2013 at 10:27 am
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    I think the back loops looks more elegant, but with that being said, I would probably have to decide based on the colors I was using as well as who the afghan was for. It seems as though the back loop causes each row to stand out on its own, but working it both loops tends to “blend” the colors more. I don’t know, that’s just me. I don’t have problems working either way.

    • June 14, 2013 at 5:48 am
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      I still. Think the back loop would stand more. It works even better with different colors used.

  • June 13, 2013 at 9:35 am
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    Good idea, Angel. The back loops remind me more of how the lead part of a wave looks coming onto shore. Having them all like that is a little too much and not like nature. How about one back loop followed by at least four or five both loops…

    • June 14, 2013 at 5:51 am
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      That would be something to try.

  • June 13, 2013 at 9:30 am
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    back loops

  • June 13, 2013 at 9:29 am
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    I think I am with every one else, I love the back loop one.

  • June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
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    I like the back loops too, gives it more dimension and texture.

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:50 am
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    back loops- It really gives it dimentions of waives flowing… imagine seafoam green with light and dark greens and running into a mixture of browns that would look like waves crashing on the beach

  • June 13, 2013 at 7:46 am
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    I like the Back Loops. Gives it more dimension. Love your Afghan. I’m working on one right now. Your going to LOVE the colors I chose. Enjoy.

  • June 13, 2013 at 5:53 am
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    I would do both incorporate it into the overall pattern. Flat then raised…flat then raised…gives it some oomph but all raised is just too much IMHO.

  • June 13, 2013 at 4:17 am
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    I’m going to give this a real shot.. It will be back loops for me!

  • June 13, 2013 at 2:40 am
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    I think I would try pillows each way before I moved on to something bigger. I also like the idea of trying it as a scarf.

  • June 13, 2013 at 2:35 am
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    I prefer the back loops

  • June 13, 2013 at 2:22 am
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    I like them both. I think it depends on the wool & how you’re feeling at the time you’re doing it

  • June 13, 2013 at 12:51 am
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    To be honest, I do like them both, If i where to make either my choice would depend on the project. Thank you for sharing x

  • June 13, 2013 at 12:28 am
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    I like the back loops and the only difficulty I had with them was that sometimes they would get a bit loose, but overall I love the dimension it gives.

  • June 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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    I personally like the smoother look. It looks more like the smooth waves of the ocean, and will feel softer too.

  • June 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm
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    Back Loops for sure!

  • June 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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    I like the texture of the BLO.

  • June 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm
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    I prefer the flat stitch. I think the color transition is more subtle.

  • June 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm
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    Definitely BACK LOOPS!!!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm
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    I like both of them but I prefer the regular stitch. I think the project will last longer with the regular stitch. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm
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    Back loops I love the extra texture look it gets πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm
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    I like the back loop look..Regular stitch is too boring for me.

  • June 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm
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    My opinion, both, a group of the colors both loops, next group back-loop-only, group both loops, group back loops, ending with group both loops.

  • June 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm
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    I am not sure what back loops are as I am still learning but I like the top picture much better.

  • June 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm
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    Back loop has more depth.

  • June 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm
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    I like the back loops best!

  • June 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm
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    Back loops.

  • June 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm
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    I love the back loops when using multiple colors, it looks great. But when you used just one color in various shades. it looks more like a painting that just flows together.

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm
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    The back loops pattern looks amazing but the regular stitch is beautiful as well πŸ™‚ I would most likely use the regular pattern as I am a newbie and want to work on something that I can complete fairly quickly. Thank you for a wonderful idea!

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm
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    I would like to see the wrong side before I decide πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm
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    I would go with back loops if I had time, if I wanted something quick go through both loops.

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm
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    It depends on the project and who for. I have done all row back loop, all row front loop, all row in both. I have also done alternating front and back to force ridge to one size (RS or WS). I am the artist so I decide as I start, or change up in middle.

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm
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    BACK LOOPS !!!!!!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm
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    I like them both but practically speaking I think the flat version is better. I have dogs and I think their nail would catch in the back loop version.

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm
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    Back Loops, didn’t have real issues on the Ocean Wave Pattern. Thought it was fun to work with. As what has been said it gives it a real nice look.

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm
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    I really like the back loops…….gives it more depth.

    • June 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm
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      Back Loops πŸ™‚

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm
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      So do i πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm
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    I would personally go through both loops because I am not a patient person and back loops does slow you up. I’m not getting any younger. I have to use up all this yarn. LOL I do think it looks nice but it also looks nice using both loops. Folks should do whatever pleases them.

    • June 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm
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      If that’s ,what works for you. I still like the back loop better. It’s worth the time.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm
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    I think the back loops looks gorgeous and is worth the drama

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm
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    The version worked using the back loops really pops, especially with those gorgeous colors. But if you were to do it in a solid color, using the back loops would still make the piece pop. Back loops it is!

    • June 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm
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      Back stitch,works better

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm
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    I love the back loop, looks more like a 3D blanket/pattern.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm
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    I like the back loops better as well, but I hope this isn’t going to be the July challenge because it is just so much like the ocean waves challenge. I love the stitch and might like to try it sometime, but I think, for me at least, it’s just too soon.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm
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    I like the afghan using the back loops. The regular way just seems to look ordinary to me. I really like the back loop look! Thanks for listening to my opinion!

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm
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    I prefer back loops. But looking at the blue i think it depends on the colours that are being used. The blue looks like an ocean and horizon they seem to blend in together better doing both loops. Whereas the pinks/coral look better back loops as it looks more like a sunset or desert scene.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm
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    Back loops. GIves texture and depth. Colors stand out better.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm
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    the back loops look better it makes the waves stand out more

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm
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    Like the back loops better!

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm
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    Back loops for sure. I love the dimension you get from doing in the back loops.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm
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    Backloop definitely gives the blanket more texture and 3 dimensional appeal. I prefer the backloop. If I thought it would be left on my bed, I would definitely use it there.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm
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    I go with the back loops myself. It adds dimension and character to the piece. I wish I’d know it before I finished the baby blanket I did a couple of months ago. Next time tho.. LOVE this pattern..

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm
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    I always prefer the back loops as it gives a nice dimension to the piece you are creating….and is much prettier………….I see no difference in the speed whether u work back loops or not….just saying…

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm
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    Back loops are always fun, but both are just fine. If I need to pick one, back loops it is.

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm
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    Back Loops

  • June 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm
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    I like back, but I like the one in the back loops better.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm
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    I picture this done in shades of blue only with alternating random widths of back loop and both loop construction. Would look like real waves rolling in on the beach!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm
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    I love them both, I prefer the back loops, but just gives me reason to make more than one afghan with this pattern, one each way with different color combinations. Keep the patterns coming, and thank you so m uch for all you do!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm
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    It does seem to pop more in just the back loops, which must be the reasoning behind it. I favor the POP of color vs. ordinary! Love it all Mikey!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm
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    I agree with Tina. They are both beautiful, and it depends what type of project you want. You could incorporate a few rows at beginning & end for a border type. Or throw in a color you want to POP with the edges…I think I have a project brewing!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm
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    I like it both ways, but since I get bored if something takes me too long, I’d do it with the regular stitches. πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm
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    I think each should decide for themselves as it’s an individual expression.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm
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    Honestly? I asked myself “which one would you put on your bed”…and I’d choose the one without the back loops. It looks so much nicer.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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    Also could Diva Dan give us some color combos? πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm
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    Both look great…but if I had to pick one, I am liking the back loop pattern better. And to me, nothing great in life ever came easy. The best looking crochets out there are the ones that look hard. Let us not get intimidated by “hard” stuff.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm
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    I tend to like the one with the back loops also……it’s just so different!!!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm
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    I like the Backloop..it looks like the waves rollin’ in. Love it.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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    I like both but the one with back loops would be worth any extra work. It is so beautiful!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm
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    I think it looks just fine in both loops. You don’t have that texture but I plan to do it with both loops. The person who receives it will never know.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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    I too like them both – and can see both being done for different projects, whether you wanted a softer look or the more definited textured look.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm
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    I love the 3D textural look of using the back post. But if it was a project that didn’t need that look the other would be fine.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm
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    I like both ways their beautiful-but the back loop makes it really look amazing!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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    I think they both look great, it all depends who you are making it for and how long you have to make it πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm
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    I LOVE texture & don’t find any significant difference in working through the back loops πŸ™‚ This is beautiful & I look forward to making it πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm
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    I like the back stitch better, for this pattern. Yes,it is slower,but in the end. It’s worth it.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm
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    I like the look of the back looped.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm
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    I am not a big fan of working in the back of loops but I see how it gives it that layered look so to speak but my preference is not going in the back of loops. I am going to play around with this for a scarf, good way to use up those scraps you may have laying around.

    • June 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm
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      I was thinking the same thing! Do 4-6 rows and voilΓ , a geometric scarf. Will work well as a skinny scarf too.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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    I like the back loop one. It is a beautiful afghan and hope I can make it. Had no luck with the Waves……… And I thought I never give up!! Could it be my “old age”? And lack of patience? It’s OK because I used the yarn to make dishcloths. LOL!!!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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    Both look good, but I actually like to do the back loops as it makes the pattern “pop”.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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    Shantierfranklin said it! This pattern looks great both ways and seems like it would be lovely in darn near any color combinations you choose- how versatile!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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    Back loops.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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    I like them both but the back loop really gives the afghan texture and character

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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    I like the back loops!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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    I prefer the one that uses the back loops. Have added this to my ever growing pile of patterns I want to crochet.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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    backstitch version

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm
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    I love the raised look of the back loop version.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm
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    Is this worked in double crochet in the back loops can’t wait. Until the tutorial comes out

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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    I like the back loop one a whole lot better with this pattern. The pattern stands out much better.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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    I like the back loop. It makes the project go faster no matter what it is.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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    They both are nice, however I don’t have a problem with the back loops on other projects. I have not worked this one yet. I am still working on the latest one called the juicy fruits…I am just using different colors. I have also done the ocean wave. Is there a place I can find the pattern for this one?

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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    I like the top one.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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    I like the look of working in the backloop.Gives it a raised up look.. Of course ask me the same question after I have been working the pattern for a few rows, might change my mind. lol

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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    I like using the front and back stitiches. I really don’t like the back only stitch.

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm
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    Going strictly on looks, I prefer the one with back loops. But if the other one is much easier, I would probably for for that version. πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm
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    I like the movement that working in the back loops creates. This is the way I would/WILL do it πŸ˜‰

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm
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    I would back loop it as that is what really makes the blanket imo!! πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm
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    I personally like the raised pattern, in back loops. Haven’t worked this yet, but I find it different. πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm
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    Definitely prefer using the back loops for the finished product even though it is not a technique I like to do!

  • June 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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    I like the look of back loops. It makes it stand out more!

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm
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    I like the textured look myself.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm
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    I like them both! One gives you a textured look, the other shows the pattern very nicely. Both of them will work real well with rainbow, monochromatic, secondary, triadic or tonal color schemes.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm
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    I love the way it looks using the back loops. Even tho it may take more time to complete, it gives a really pretty texture to the afghan. I’d like to do this as a lapghan for charity in the near future. πŸ˜‰

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    I think I would make this with the back loop. The raised stitch gives the afghan a good amount of texture and definition that is lost with just the regular stitch.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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    Would probably back loop it. It would have a different look. Love the colours by the way. I also have to make this!

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm
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    i really love both of them but i think that the back loop is more beautiful
    and the raised texture look is much better than the regular one

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm
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    I like the raised 3d look myself

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm
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    I always use back loops. I like the look of the texture and projects have a more dimensional effect.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm
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    Actually, I like both, but doing only the back loops makes it more of a challenge. I like to challenge myself now and then just to keep my brain working. I feel that as long as I do this, I’m keeping my brain working, senility can be halted for a while. No, I’m not senile yet, but who knows?

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm
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    I am only seeing the version using the back post stitches, where is the comparison?

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      Duuuuhhhhhh, I see it now, I should have looked harder, I like the side with the back posts better, there is more definition in the stitching.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm
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    I like them both, but I like the look of the back loops better. It gives a little more to the afghan!

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm
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    Though I’d prefer the ease of not having to utilize the back loops, I do prefer the raised texture look that constructing in the back loops gives this pattern. I vote for the back loops.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm
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    I didn’t mind doing the back loops on the ocean wave. I just needed to remember to do them or to keep doing them while in the middle of that particular row. I would go with the back loops on this one. It just makes the colors that you used stand out more.

    Thank you Mikey for sharing your talent with us. Everything you have done to promote the art of crochet is greatly appreciated.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm
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    I like the one that you make it looks bit better and dose not look all over the place

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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    OKAY WHERE IS THE PATTERN FOR YOURS

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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    I honestly can’t really notice a difference, so I would go the easier route by not using the back loops. I am thinking the BLO would give it more stretch?

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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    I kind of like the texture of the back loop portion. I know it’s a little bit of a pain to do, but I like the payoff.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm
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    Back loops – looks great!!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm
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    I really prefer the backloop version of your afghan. It really defines each row of different colors. πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm
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    I like it both ways!

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm
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    Love the back loop, anything worth doing, you know….

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm
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    I prefer the back loops version, it’s more textured and looks more interesting.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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    The back loop makes it very much nicer!

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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    i love the textured look…and i really don’t think back loops are that hard…but that is just me. I LOVE this pattern super fun modern and would look fab as a scrappy afghan! can’t wait to see your videos!!

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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    From the perspective of the “user” of this afghan, I would prefer the no-BLO stitches. You still get the effect of the waves, but it’s not lumpy and bumpy when you snuggle up under it.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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    back loops for sure, it has more texture, I am not crazy about back loops most of the time, but sometimes it is just necessary to use them.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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    I like the back loops look much better, gives it a little more interest. thanks for showing both versions.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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    I think the back loops gives it a better look and adds texture you wouldn’t get other wise. Back loops are a slower process but i would think it worth it to get the finished product.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm
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    I haven’t tried this but I think using the back loops makes it much more interesting. Of course since I haven’t tried it I might change my mind when actually working with it. But I tend to enjoy crocheting something that has some texture and interest.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm
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    I prefer the back loops. Sure it’s a pain at times, but nothings better then getting good at a stitch you used to hate. I had to do so when I was making a alpaca AMigurumi once, and it was almost 90% Loop stitches, took four weeks to make my first one, but now it’s only two hours and I use loop stitches on everything xD.

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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    I like the texture of the back loops

  • June 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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    I love the look of the back loops only……….and will most likely do that one because of the unique textured look………..with that being said, I like both afghans and will probably do the pattern both ways!

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