Since I started crocheting I’ve had a sort of fascination with ribbed stitches. I love the plush texture and elasticity they provide to crochet accessories and garments. This year I’d like to explore all the possibilities of crochet ribbing and create a resource for crochet pattern designing. Every week I’ll be exploring a different crochet ribbing stitch. I’m really excited to experiment and play with different stitch patterns!
I’m starting out with the most basic ribbing, the first one I’d ever learned, the single crochet ribbing stitch. This stitch requires (almost – more about that later) every stitch to be worked in the back loop only.
~scroll down for a crochet diagram, written pattern, and photo tutorial of this stitch~
- 5mm crochet hook
- Red Heart Super Savers yarn in Buff
- tapestry needle
- Work all but the first and last stitches into the BLO.
- Begin each row with a ch 1, skip the stitch of the row below. This counts as a stitch.
- Finish each row with a single crochet in both stitches.
BLO sc – back loop only single crochet
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
Row 1: ch 11, turn, skip first ch, 10 sc (10)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 8 BLO sc, sc (10)
Rows 3-10: ch 1, turn, 8 BLO sc, sc (10)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
- ch 11
- turn, skip first st, sc
- sc across
- ch 1
- skip the first stitch of previous row, 8 sc in BLO
- sc in both loops of the last stitch of the row
- repeat from row 4 until you reach the desired length
This stitch results in a fluffy, somewhat stretchy, somewhat knit-like fabric. My swatch looks a lot like a fuzzy Triscuit.
- works up quickly
- quite squishy
- looks great on larger scale crochet items (blankets, scarves)
In my opinion, other ribbed stitches just look nicer & have more elasticity.
Let me know if you have any questions about these patterns!
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