If you've made the Sweet Striped Crochet Arm Warmers or matching Hats, or the All Grown Up Arm Warmers or matching Slouch Hats, you're already familiar with the way I made my crochet ribbing for brims and cuffs when they come at the end of a pattern. There is a video tutorial for working in the BLO, but there's a little more to making the brim/cuff, and it can be confusing. So here's a video of the first few rows, to help make it a little clearer!
How to make the Crochet Ribbing for Brims and Cuffs featured on Moogly Patterns:
The way I write this portion of the pattern varies a little bit in stitch/row count, depending on what is being made. Arm warmers have longer cuffs, so you start with more stitches, but they're smaller around, so there are fewer rows. But there's a sort of generic formula to it, as follows:
Row 1: Ch length desired, plus 1. Working in BLO, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch, working back toward the set-up row (previous horizontal row). Sc2tog in the next 2 set-up row sts. This is the “securing st” that attaches the vertical brim rows to the horizontal setup row. Do NOT ch, turn.
Row 2: Skipping the securing st, sc in the BLO evenly. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in BLO evenly. Make securing stitch. Turn.
Row 4 – number equal to however many sts you had in your setup row: Repeat Rows 2 – 3.
Sew the brim together using the whip stitch, joining first and last rows. Be sure to work into the BLO of the last row to maintain the ribbed look.
I hope that clears up any confusion! Be sure to snug down that securing stitch - it helps keep the ribs nice and lined up. I love this crochet ribbing technique, because I think it looks a little more polished than crocheting into the side of the rows, and because if you make the hat the right size leading up to it, then the brim will automatically be the right size as well! Plus it's got great stretch but holds it's shape. I hope you like it too!
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