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Single crochet as you know makes a very flat, smooth, and nonstretchy fabric. You can make a more textured, looser, and stretchier fabric, with raised ridges across it, by inserting you hook under only the back strand of the V at the top of each stitch - the strand farthest away from you (You'd get similar results by crocheting into the front strand of each V). This stitch is called a rib, and it is sometimes used, sideways, for the cuffs at the bottoms of sleeves and sweaters. It also makes fabric that's somewhat stretchier than regular single crochet. Crocheting through the back loops leaves a nice little ridge on the front of your work, while crocheting through the front loop leaves a ridge on the back.
TAKEN FROM SNB HAPPY HOOKER BY DEBBIE STOLLER
Judi - WAHM to Dakotah 3.5 years (9-19-05) and Joshua 5 months (11-03-08)