Don’t Let Diagonal Ribbing Make You Grimm!

At first glance, the crochet ribbing on the Grimm Hat in the Winter 2018 issue of Interweave Crochet can look a little daunting. Once you pick up a hook and get started, though, I have full confidence that you’ll get the hang of this technique quickly.

In fact, in order make it as easy as possible, I’m going give you a few tips that I hope will help you work the band for this hat quickly and easily.

Tip 1: After chaining the number given in the pattern, slip stitch in the back ridge loop of the 2nd chain from the hook and in each remaining chain across. The back ridge loop is the ridge that runs up the middle of the chain (see photo).

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Tip 2: At the end of this row, you’ll drop the color you’re working with. For this pattern, whenever you drop a color, you’ll drop it to the FRONT (right side–RS). After dropping the color to the front, you’ll pull up the color you haven’t been working with from behind. After pulling up the new color, pull the loop of the old color tight, but leave the loop of the new color loose—you’ll use this to make the chain 1 for the next row (see photo).

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Tip 3: Make sure the second stitch on Row 2 (and the Row 2 repeats) is worked loosely enough that you’ll be able to get your hook underneath both loops instead of the back loop only. This will come in handy when you actually have to work underneath both loops on the following row (see photo).

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Tip 4: Make sure you work the correct stitch. If you’re anything like me, it’s easy for you to turn a slip stitch into a single crochet, and I actually found myself doing that a few times while working on the band for this hat (see photo).

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Tip 5: Make sure you don’t work too many stitches when working into Row 3 (and the Row 3 repeats). Row 3 actually has more places to work into than needed, and if you’re not paying attention, you could work extra stitches, which could mess up your hat (see photo).

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After the band has been worked, all you’ll need to do is follow the Body instructions, and you’ll have a hat that is sure to keep out the winter chill no matter how cold the wind blows. Now the only question is: what colors will you use to make yours? Let us know in the comments! We can’t wait to see what you choose!

Happy stitching!

Give Crochet Ribbing a Try!

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