As part of my exploration of crochet ribbing, I decided to try out this half double crochet and slip stitch variation. Scroll down to see the written pattern, diagram, and my very first crochet video tutorial for this stitch!
- 5mm crochet hook
- Red Heart Super Savers yarn in Buff
- tapestry needle
- Work all but the first and last stitches of a row into the BLO.
- Work the last stitch of each row into both loops.
Abbreviations (US terms)
BLO hdc – back loop only half double crochet
BLO sl st – back loop only slip stitch
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch
Row 1: ch 12, skip first 2 ch, 9 hdc, ch 1, turn (10)
Rows 2-3: skip first st, 8 BLO sl st, sl st, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 4: skip first st, 8 BLO sl st, sl st, ch 2, turn (10)
Row 5: skip first st, 8 BLO hdc, hdc, ch 1, turn (10)
Rows 6-7: skip first st, 8 BLO sl st, sl st, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 8: skip first st, 8 BLO sl st, sl st, ch 2, turn (10)
Row 9: skip first st, 8 BLO hdc, hdc (10)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
This stitch lends a little bit of texture and stretch. I think that the texture is a bit more interesting than a simple single crochet ribbed stitch. It seems to lay flatter than a single crochet rib as well.
- lays flat (not ‘corrugated’ like a single crochet rib) making the stitch good for the edges of garments.
- fun texture to work with & look at (in my opinion)
- chaining 2 at the beginning of each row leaves an unsightly gap
- slip stitch rows can sometimes be more difficult to keep track of
Let me know if you have any questions about this pattern, or if you’d like to see a particular type of crochet ribbing explained!
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