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Crochet Ribbing Tutorial



Today's tutorial is on crochet ribbing. I will demonstrate in the video (at bottom of post), 3 different types of ribbing you can achieve with slip stitches, single crochet stitches & half double crochet stitches.

I personally use the half double crochet stitches most often for my brims & sweaters. I like the way it looks and partly because it works up the fastest! I really do love the look though! Basically, my go to ribbing for worsted weight yarn is the half double crochet. My preferred ribbing for bulkier yarn is slip stitches or single crochets.

Here are 3 different beanies using these 3 different types of ribbing.

Patterns from top to bottom:

Chunky Big Heart Slouch - Slip Stitch Ribbing

Crochet Fair Isle with Messy Bun Option (adaptable for any weight yarn) - Single Crochet Ribbing

Crochet Rippled Slouch (Free pattern) - Half Double Crochet Ribbing


As you can see, I love to use slip stitches for bulky or super bulky yarn. Here's another slip stitch ribbing used for my Chunky Crochet Butterfly Slouch beanie. It's pretty stretchy so it looks different when worn versus laying flat. Keep that in mind when you're trying to figure out gauge and sizing.



To achieve the ribbing effect, you simply just crochet through the back loop of the stitches in each row. Sounds easy, right? Well, that's because it is!

If you need help with the basic crochet stitches, please visit my Basic Crochet Stitches Tutorial first!

So grab your yarn & hook and let's get started!

Slip Stitch Ribbing

chain as many stitches as you want. In this example, I will use 8.

Row 1: work 1 slip stitch into the 2nd chain from the hook

work 1 slip stitch into each of remaining 6 chain stitches across to the end (count your stitches if needed or you'll end with a triangle!)

Row 2: chain 1 and turn

work 1 slip stitch into the back loop of each of the 7 stitches across


Repeat Row 2 until desired size.

Single Crochet Ribbing

chain as many stitches as you want. In this example, I will use 9.

Row 1: work 1 single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook

work 1 single crochet into each of remaining 7 chain stitches across to the end (count your stitches if needed or you'll end with a triangle!)

Row 2: chain 1 and turn

work 1 single crochet into the back loop of each of the 8 stitches across

Repeat Row 2 until desired size.


Half Double Crochet Ribbing

chain as many stitches as you want. In this example, I will use 9.

Row 1: work 1 half double crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook

work 1 half double crochet into each of remaining 7 chain stitches across to the end (count your stitches if needed or you'll end with a triangle!)

Row 2: chain 1 and turn

work 1 half double crochet into the back loop of each of the 8 stitches across

Repeat Row 2 until desired size.


I hope to add more tutorials in the near future (for both crochet & knitting). Check out my knitting tutorials as well!


Crochet Ribbing Video Tutorial


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