Crochet Ribbing and Sweaters

My bowless Big Bow Cardigan created with crochet ribbing.

My Big Bow Cardigan

What do you use crochet ribbing for? I love crochet ribbing for cuffs on mittens, hats, and fingerless gloves. It’s perfect for cuffs and bottom bands for cardigans and pullovers, but there are so many more possibilities.

My first introduction to crochet ribbing was actually the Big Bow Cardigan in 2010. Rows and rows of back loop only stitches create a cardigan with incredible visual texture and elasticity. I fell in love. This cardigan is crocheted entirely in simple ribbing. The finished piece is very flattering, and I have received so many compliments on my sweater.

Other designers have used crochet ribbing to create deep cuffs and bottom bands that go beyond the utilitarian to become eye-catching design elements. The London Tunic by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and Freesia Pullover by Kimberly K. McAlindin both combine a simple crochet fabric and bold silhouette with deep ribbing to create timeless designs.

All of these crochet garments highlight what is possible with crocheted ribbing.

Clockwise from top left: Big Bow Cardigan by Julia Vaconsin, Freesia Pullover by Kimberly K. McAlindin, London Tunic by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, and Aslant Skirt by Annastasia Cruz

And have you seen what Annastasia Cruz has done with colorwork and ribbing with the Aslant Skirt? An asymmetrical design creates a stunning high-low skirt. A second section of ribbing fashions a ribbed side band that is the perfect design choice.

Jump in and explore crochet ribbing with any one of these beautiful crochet garments, and for more innovative crochet ribbing techniques download Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby’s Crochet Ribbing 7 Ways video workshop.

Best wishes,

P.S. Let us know in the comments your favorite place to use crochet ribbing.

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