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I'm obsessed with texture, so when I came across the crochet loop stitch I stopped everything I was doing to swatch it up. You can only work the loop stitch on one side, so I'm working a slip stitch row in between. You *can* use a single crochet row (I think that's what most patterns call for), but the slip stitch row is shorter in height, which makes the loop stitches denser. It was admittedly a little awkward at first, but I was able to get the hang of it by the end of a single swatch.