Taking a Little Crochet Ribbing

Mar 21, 2013

I am always looking for crochet stitches and techniques that lend a touch of elasticity to the finished crochet fabric. Fabric with stretch creates great shaping, especially around the waist, and is imperative for crochet patterns that require stretch to stay in place, like socks and hat bands.

Lauren Sweater with single crochet ribbed collar.

Crochet ribbing is perfect for cuffs and waist bands on sweaters, sock cuffs, stocking caps and more. The new updated Crocheter's Companion offers several options for creating crochet ribbing. Here are two of the most common.

Single Crochet Ribbing

When working vertically and sewn onto jackets and sweaters, single crochet ribbing makes wonderful bands for cuffs, necklines, and hemlines.

  • Working into the back loop only creates a ridge on the front side of the work.
  • Working into the front loop only creates a ridge on the back of the work.
Single Crochet Ribbing

Make a foundation chain the desired length.

Row 1: Work 1 sc in second ch from the hook and in each ch to end. Ch1. Turn (fig1).

Row 2: Work 1 sc in back loop of each st. Ch 1. Turn (fig 2).

Repeat row 2 for desired length.

Post Stitch Ribbing

Also known as vertical ribbing, this is usually worked in the double crochet stitch around the posts of stitches in the row below.

For this sample, chain 16 for foundation chain.

Row 1: Work a dc in the fourth ch from hook and in each chain across. Ch 3. Turn.

Clarity Cardigan with post stitch ribbing waistband.
Post Stitch Ribbing

Row 2: Sk first dc *work a FPdc around the post of the next dc (fig 1), work a BPdc (fig 2) around the post of the next dc. Repeat from *, ending with dc in turning ch. Ch 2. Turn.

Repeat row 2 for desired length.

-- The Crocheter's Companion

You will also find step-by-step written instructions and illustrations for basic crochet stitches, embellishments, and advanced techniques like Tunisian crochet and broomstick stitches. Order your copy of the revised Crocheter's Companion today!

Best wishes,

P.S. What do you use crochet ribbing for?

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CheriW52 wrote
on Mar 21, 2013 3:05 PM

I like to add knitted ribbing to crochet body work.  I think it is stretchier than crocheted ribbing.  Conversely, I sometimes like to put crocheted edging on knitted pieces that tend to curl.  I think I get the best of BOTH worlds doing this.  That's just my opinion.

Cindy Weaver wrote
on Mar 21, 2013 4:39 PM

I use ribbed crochet on mitten and glove cuffs, sock cuffs and hat rims mostly.

becky72 wrote
on Mar 22, 2013 8:07 AM

I read your articles and have found information I can use, thank you.  I really like your clear instructions and diagrams of stitches.  I could use a print button so I can print these items and add them to my 3 ring binders.  

Char55 wrote
on Mar 22, 2013 9:11 AM

I had a pattern for a child's cardigan from Leisure Arts that used crochet ribbing for cuffs on sleeves, bottom of cardigan, etc. The ribbing was worked onto the finished garment by slip stitching it to the end stitch of each row of the body as you worked the ribbing. It was really neat and meant I didn't have to sew it on.

Char55 wrote
on Mar 22, 2013 9:32 AM

Leisure Arts still has the pattern if anyone is interested.


barbroeder wrote
on Mar 23, 2013 2:50 PM

I just finished a dog sweater that i used the ribbing around the neck/collar area so that there was enough stretch to fit his head.

on Mar 12, 2014 11:59 AM

Lauren Sweater with single crochet ribbed collar. A recent blog on knitted ribbing has prompted questions