How To Crochet Ribbing

Hi friends! Today I wanted to share how to do this crocheted rib stitch that’s super stretchy and perfect for so many projects. I’ve always made my crochet ribbing by crocheting through the back loop whether I’m using single crochet or half double crochet stitches. Crocheting through the back loop is a simple way to make a rib and it turns out nicely but this time I wanted more of a knit look.  To accomplish this, all it takes is knowing how to single crochet and slip stitch.  It creates a beautiful, knit like texture and stretchy ribbed fabric. I’m so excited to know how to do this crocheted ribbing so I wanted to post it to the blog in case you hadn’t tried it.

Oh! As you work this pattern, try to crochet as loosely as possible. The slip stitches can become tight and difficult to work through. Just a little tip for ya!

Let’s get started:

You will need:

A crochet hook


How To Make A Knit Look Ribbing with Crochet

Step 1:

Chain any number of stitches

Step 2:

(Row 1) Single crochet in each stitch across the row

Step 3:

(Row 2) Ch 1, turn, slip stitch in each stitch across the row

Now simply repeat steps 2 & 3 until your piece is as long as you’d like! (Note: for step 2 throughout the remainder of the pattern, you will ch 1 turn and sc in each stitch across  the row)

Above: Here I am single crocheting into the slip stitches. This is the trickiest part! This photo shows which stitches you work into.


I just finished making this hat using the rib and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

I hope you enjoy this stitch and let me know how you’ve made ribbing in the past!  If you need further help, check out this tutorial and video from New Stitch A Day! I noticed he skips the first two stitches on row 1, but I didn’t do that for this pattern.

What will you use this ribbing for? I’d love to hear!



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  1. Hello Jessica! Thank you for Your work! Hats are beautiful! Will connect to daughter! Happy New year!

    1. Hi!! You’re welcome! Thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoy the patterns. Happy New Year!

  2. I am so glad I signed up for all your occasional newsletters and look forward to each and every one. I love all your patterns and although I live by “free patterns” I have purchased most of the ones you sell on Etsy. Is your crocheted knit looking hat also offered to purchase without advertising? I am currently working on the Cascading Kimono Cardigan and LOVING IT. I love how easy it is to learn new stitches from you (even though I am 65 years old and have knit and crocheted for many years) and look forward to making this hat with your crocheted ribbing look.

    1. Hi Glenda!
      Thank you so much for supporting my Etsy shop and for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying the Cascading Kimono Cardigan! That’s a big project but it’s a fave of mine for sure! I don’t currently have plans to put this hat in my shop any time soon but if I do, I’ll let you know in my newsletter. Thanks so much again for reaching out and for all of your support!

  3. Hi Jess, thanks for the lovely patter, btw … i’m in a project making cowled sweater vest, following your tutorial … it’s so fun …
    can’t wait to get it finish …


  4. I really enjoy your beautiful website, and please know how grateful I am to you for making patterns available for free!

    I had trouble recently trying to locate the “back” loop when trying to make a hat with ribbing. (The thing turned out ugly as sin, if warm. I am wearing it until I can afford more cheap yarn!) (When did making something yourself become so expensive? It was a way to save money, when I was growing up. Now it’s a luxury I can’t afford unless someone gives me leftover yarn! Weird, but then fresh fruit and vegetables are more expensive than garbage processed food, too. World upside down.)

    Could you/would you consider a quick tutorial on the back loop method of ribbing? I had a terrible time trying to figure it out, and your photos are just excellent in their clarity as well as your talent for choosing needle and yarn position — I can tell you have great intuition and communication skills and more, to know how exactly to indicate movement, orientation, and transition in your photo series.

    Thank you, and I wish you many happy stitches and a prosperous life.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to reach out and thank you as well for your kind words! I don’t have any plans to do a tutorial for crocheting through the back loop, but I will certainly keep it in mind. I always appreciate ideas and suggestions and crocheting through the back loop is a great skill since it makes for such a simple ribbing pattern.

      Wishing you all the best and happiest crocheting to you. (And you make great points about why handmade is now so expensive compared to store bought items – it doesn’t make much sense, does it)

  5. Hi I am going to try this ribbing stitch on a crochet sweater I’m making it’s called the Viola Cardigan, I’m hoping it will look better then the FPDC/BPDC ribbing technic the pattern requires.

  6. Good morning Jessica , I was looking for a cute ribbing for a sweater I am making ( my 2nd sweater ever ) and of course it’s no surprise I ended up back here using your pattern, once again. I just love your style and the way you do techniques in crochet projects.
    《Anyhow, my question is 》**Do you do the single crochet and slip stitches IN THE BACK LOOP ONLY? Or like normal, in both loops?* It’s a silly question I know, but I seen a few others where they do the slip stitches in the ( blo) . I’m working on it now and just wanted mine to look just like yours does, so I thought I would ask. Thank you so much again for all your patterns and designs. ♡
    ♡ Kati

  7. Hi, do you have any tutorials. I’m just learning and do better with tutorials. Thank you.

  8. Lately I really like to use the hdcslst. At least that is what I am told it is called. Looks very almost exactly like this bust is done differently.

  9. Hi! Love everything you do!
    Would you share what yarn you used for this tutorial? It looks so squishy and perfectly thick. Thanks!

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