When my Aunt Nancy taught me how to crochet, one of the first questions I asked her was whether I should crochet through both loops or just one. "Doesn't matter," she replied, "you can do it either way. Just make sure to do it the same way consistently throughout a project." She then went on to explain that you could get noticeably different results depending on which loop you use.
Practice and experimentation have confirmed what she told me.
Since then, I've also come across numerous books, articles and references that have provided additional insights. The following references are helpful sources for further reading on this topic:
- The Dictionary of Needlework: An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain and Fancy Needlework by Sophia Frances Anne Caulfield and Blanche C. Saward, 1882
- The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches
Compiled by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
1986 Lyric Books Limited
ISBN# 0 7111 0028 4
- 300 Crochet Stitches (The Harmony Guides, V. 6)
1999 Anova Books
ISBN# 1 8558 5638 7
- What a Difference a Loop Makes
By Annette Petavy