Crochet Ribbing

There are two basic ways of working crochet ribbing. One uses single crochet (UK double crochet) and produces a nice stretchy welt and is worked sideways.

The second rib stitch uses a long stitch, usually trebles (UK double trebles). This produces a bulkier and less stretchy welt, but is quicker to work and is nice to use on an aran style garment as crochet aran stitches are produced in much the same way.

Single Crochet Ribbing

First, make a length of chain approximatley the width you want your welt to be.

Work one row of single crochet (UK double crochet)

One the next row and all subsequent rows, work single crochet into the back loop only.

Keep working until your piece is the length you want it when stretched a little.

You can either sew the welt in place, or, what I prefer to do is to crochet straight onto the lenth of it as in the photo above.


Ribbing using Long Crochet Stitch


This ribbed effect is done by working what is known as a raised stitch

RTF = raised treble forward -make a treble (UK double treble) but  insert the hook around the stem of the stitch on the side facing you instead of into the stitch.

RTB = raised treble backwards - make a treble (UK double treble) but insert the hook around the stem of the stitch at the side facing away from you

Unlike the last version of crochet rib stitch, this edging is worked as a continuation of the rest of your work.

You can use any long stitch such as double crochet (UK trebles) trebles (UK double trebles) or double trebles (UK quadruple trebles)

First work a row of double crochet (UK trebles)

On the next row, work alternating RTF and RTB

keep alternating front and back all along thw row. This will have the effect of pulling the posts of the stitches forwards and backwards, raising them up in ridges.

On the next row, if you worked an RTF on a stitch on the previous row, work a RTB this time, and vice versa.

Continue doing this until your ribbing is the length you want it




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