Crochet Ribbing Fantasy
Crochet ribbing is perfect for cuffs and waist bands on sweaters, sock cuffs, stocking caps and more. It serves double use as both a utility stitch that provides amazing elasticity and creates a beautiful textured fabric.
You will find crochet ribbing in several of the patterns in Brenda K.B. Anderson's book, Crochet Ever After. The stunning Magic Bean Stalk-ings use the back loop only ribbing technique, worked in half double crochet, to create the body of the sock.
But the ribbing technique that most fascinated me was Brenda's blending of the Front Post double crochet and the extended single crochet. This is a gorgeous ribbing that I have never worked before.
Let's look at both the Back Loop Only Crochet Ribbing and the Post Stitch Extended Single Crochet Ribbing, and Post Stitch Ribbing.
Back Loop Only Crochet Ribbing
Back loop only crochet ribbing is a fabulous option when you want to minimize bulk. This makes it perfect for cuffs on mittens, socks, and sweaters. It also works beautifully for fully ribbed garments. While it is generally worked in single crochet, you can work this style of ribbing in half double crochet or double crochet.
To create half-double crochet ribbing, create your chain and first row of half-double crochet stitches or work a foundation half-double crochet chain. Turn and, working into the back loop only, half double crochet in each half double crochet across. Turn, chain two, and half double crochet in the back loop only of each half double crochet across. Repeat the last row until your ribbing is the desired length. It's as easy as that.
Post Stitch Esc Ribbing
This ingenious crochet ribbing gives you a similar appearance to the post stitch ribbing without the bulk. It also has fabulous elasticity, making it perfect for projects like the Deep Dark Forest Mittens.
Chain the appropriate number of stitches for your project, then, working in the bottom ridge loop, extended single crochet in each chain. On the next round, work an extended single crochet in the first stitch, front post double crochet in the next stitch, extended single crochet in the next stitch, front post double crochet in the next stitch. Continue in this pattern to the end. If you are working in the round, work a front post double crochet in each front post double crochet and an extended single crochet in each extended single crochet around. If you are working in rows, you will have to work a back post double crochet in each front post double crochet every other row to keep the post stitches on the correct side of the piece.
Post Stitch Ribbing
For a more textured and pronounced ribbing, try your hand at post stitch ribbing, also known as vertical ribbing. This is a popular technique for hat brims and accessories. As with the single crochet ribbing, this technique can be used with stitches of varying heights, but double crochet is the most popular.
Using either a beginning chain or the foundation double crochet technique, create a foundation of double crochet stitches.
Also known as vertical ribbing, this is usually worked in the double crochet stitch around the posts of stitches in the row below. Turn, chain 2, and double crochet working around the front of the post of the next double crochet. This is a Front Post double crochet or FPdc. Now double crochet around the back post of the next double crochet. This is a Back Post double crochet or BPdc. Continue alternating the use of the FPdc and the BPdc. On the following rows, you will work a FPdc on the stitches that push toward the front of the work and a BPdc on the stitch that push toward the back of the work.
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