Learn how to crochet three different ribbings for your crochet projects. These crochet ribbings are great for blanket borders or garments.
Combine simple stitches to create three unique styles of crochet ribbing. Crochet ribbing is perfect to use for blanket borders or use it any crochet garment piece. The three different ribbing styles all be showing you today are all beginner-friendly. Each of these ribbings uses either slip stitch, chain, single crochet, and half double crochet.
3 Crochet Ribbing Styles
Today’s tutorial will include three different styles of ribbing. Each of these ribbings is easy to learn and requires only a few stitches. The stitches that you will need to know for these ribbings are slip stitch, chain, single crochet, and half double crochet. Check out this post here, if you need help with any of these stitches.
The three crochet ribbings you will learn today include the half double crochet in the back loop only, slip stitch single crochet, and the slip stitch half double crochet. Each of these ribbing would be perfect for blanket borders or garments.
2 Quick Crochet Tips
- Make sure your tension is even for these three different crochet ribbing styles. If your tension is not even, the crochet swatches might turn inward or your stitches might not look the way they are supposed to.
- Choose a solid color yarn when making these ribbing swatches. It is a little bit easier to see your stitches when choosing a yarn that has just one color.
Alright, let’s get started!
Half Double Crochet BLO Ribbing
The half double crochet back loop only, also known as hdcblo, is one of my favorite crochet ribbing styles. I use this stitch in a lot of different projects. What’s great about this stitch is that you can use it as a border, but it also looks good as a stand alone. Check out the free Highlands Scarf for a close up look of this stitch, using different colors of yarn. This stitch would also work good for different crochet garment designs.
To make this stitch: chain any number amount, it does not matter if its odd or even. For this example, I chained a total of 13. First make a row of normal half double crochets. You do this by yarning over, insert your hook into chain, yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through last 3 loops on your hook. With row 2, you want to chain 1, yarn over, insert hook into back chain (only one loop, not both), yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through the last 3 loops on your hook.
That’s it, it’s a super simple ribbing stitch and works well for a lot of different crochet projects!
Slip Stitch – Single Crochet Ribbing
The slip stitch, single crochet border is a ribbing stitch that looks like knitting. This crochet ribbing is perfect for when you want to achieve a knitted look in your crochet projects. It’s a stitch similar to half double crochet in the 3rd loop, just slightly different. You’re creating one row of single crochets, followed by a row of slip stitches.
To make this stitch, chain any number amount, it does not matter if its odd or even. For this example, I chained a total of 13. Start by creating a row of single crochets. To make a single crochet, insert hook into chain, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through last two loops on hook. For row 2, you want to make slip stitches. So chain 1, as your turning chain. Insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull through all the loops on the hook.
For this ribbing style, you want to continue repeating rows 1 and 2.
Slip Stitch – Half Double Crochet Ribbing
The slip stitch, half double crochet ribbing style is a fun sturdy border perfect for blankets. I think this ribbing style is perfect for blanket borders. All you are doing is creating a half double crochet with a slips stitch. So instead of completing a full half double crochet, you finish it by creating a slip stitch.
To make this stitch, chain any number amount, it does not matter if its odd or even. For this example, I chained a total of 13. First make a row of normal half double crochets. You do this by yarning over, insert your hook into chain, yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through last 3 loops on your hook. With row 2, insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through and pull through last two loops on your hook.
Continue to repeat this method for the ribbing stitch pattern to form.
I hope you enjoyed this quick ribbing style tutorial and don’t forget to let me know which style was your favorite in the comments below!
More Crochet Stitches to Learn
Learn how to crochet the granite stitch with a guided video and photo tutorial. Stitches you need to know are chain and single crochet.
Crochet Level: Easy
The puff stitch pattern comes with a step-by-step photo tutorial. This stitch is perfect for adventurous beginners who want to spice up their crochet stitch dictionary. Stitches used for this pattern include chain, double crochet, and puff stitch.
Crochet Level: Easy+
Other Helpful Links
- Full List of Crochet Stitches
- Beginner Crochet Stitch Guides + Video Tutorials
- Highlands Crochet Scarf Pattern – Using Half Double Crochet BLO