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Crochet Ribbing Tutorial for Beginners

In need of some ribbing for your crochet projects? Look no further, this crochet ribbing tutorial for beginners will show you how to make 3 different ribbings for your crochet projects. These crochet ribbings can be added to blankets, sweaters, cardigans, beanies, or scarves.

The 3 types of crochet ribbings you will learn in this tutorial are half double crochet back loop, single crochet slip stitch, and half double crochet slip stitch. Each of these ribbings creates a knit-like stretchy fabric and can be incorporated into your crochet project.

easy crochet ribbing tutorial for beginners

Crochet Ribbing Stitches

Learn how to make 3 stretchy knit-like crochet ribbings for your projects. Each of these ribbings are made using basic crochet stitches. The stitches you will need to know to create these ribbings are slip stitch, single crochet, and half double crochet.

Half Double Crochet in the Back Loop Ribbing

half double crochet in the back loop crochet ribbing style

The first crochet ribbing you will learn is called half double crochet in the back loop. It’s the easiest crochet ribbing and a personal favorite of mine to use in crochet projects. All you have to do to create a knit-like stretchy fabric is make a half double crochet in the back loop.

Half double crochet in the back loop (hdcblo) – Yarn over, insert hook into back loop of stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch. Yarn over one more time and pull through last three loops on hook.

That’s it! It’s super simple and works great for a variety of different crochet projects. Take a look at the examples down below to see what this stitch looks like.

model wearing a chunky crochet scarf and slouchy crochet beanie
  1. Chunky Crochet Scarf / 2. Crochet Slouchy Beanie

Single Crochet Slip Stitch Ribbing

single crochet slip stitch ribbing, a stretchy knit-like crochet stitch

The second crochet ribbing you will learn is called the single crochet slip stitch. This ribbing stitch creates a very stretchy knit-like fabric. It’s perfect if you’re trying to achieve a knitted look in your crochet projects.

This crochet ribbing is very easy to make as you’re just alternating between single crochet and slip stitch.

Single crochet slip stitch (scss) – For the first row, make a row of single crochets (Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook), and chain 1. For you second row, make a series of slip stitches (Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through all the loops on the hook).

Continue to alternate between row 1 and row 2 to create this stretchy crochet ribbing.

Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch in the Back Loop Ribbing

half double crochet slip stitch ribbing for crochet projects

The last crochet ribbing you will learn is called the half double crochet slip stitch. This crochet ribbing is perfect for a variety of crochet projects. It’s a simple stitch that is made using half double crochet and a slip stitch.

You want to first make a half double crochet, but then finish it off with a slip stitch.

Half double crochet slip stitch back loop (hdc sl st bl) – yarn over, insert hook into back loop of stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch and all loops on hook. (click here to view the stitch video tutorial)

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on how to crochet 3 different ribbings. Let me know in the comments below which ribbing was your favorite.

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3 different crochet ribbings for beginners