Half Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Ribbing

half double crochet & slip stitch ribbing

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!


Written Pattern

Materials

  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Red Heart Super Savers yarn in Buff
  • tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

  • 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

Pattern Instructions

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.


Pattern Diagram

 

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Video Tutorial


Stitch Overview

Characteristics 

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.

Pros

  • 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)

Cons

  • 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!

Happy Crocheting!

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