Making super stretchy crochet ribbing that looks like knit? It's easier than you might think! Here's how to crochet slip stitch ribbing!
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How to Crochet Slip Stitch Ribbing - Right Handed
How to Crochet Slip Stitch Ribbing - Left Handed
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Slip stitch ribbing is very simple to make, using only the most beginning stitches - chain and slip stitch! But anyone who has tried to crochet into a slip stitch before knows it isn't quite that easy! The thicker the yarn, the easier it is, but it can still be a frustrating stitch to make!
The basic pattern is this: chain to the desired width of the ribbing, plus 1. Skipping the chain closest to the hook, slip stitch in the back loop only of each chain across. Then for each following row, chain 1 and slip stitch in the back loop only across. As long as you keep your stitch count, you're on your way!
But there's the rub - how to work into the previous slip stitches! Often, slip stitches are so tight that getting a hook in there is a real struggle. The key to opening up those slip stitches is to pause just a moment when you are at the point where you have two loops left on the hook. Maybe wiggle your hook a little. Then go ahead and pull that first loop through to complete the stitch.
It's amazing how much this trick helps! And the result is being able to make this gorgeous, super stretchy crochet ribbing. It has a knit look and stretch, but it's made with simple crochet stitches and bit of know how. I hope you've enjoyed this video and tutorial - thanks for watching!