The double crochet rib stitch is a gorgeous, easy stitch to crochet. This beginner-friendly stitch uses only the double crochet stitch and the slip stitch. Let’s learn how to crochet the double crochet rib stitch today!
Double Crochet Rib Stitch Tutorial (Knit-Look)
The gorgeous new Lori Poncho features this stunning Double Crochet Rib stitch. The vertical lines it creates are slimming, and the overall feel of the fabric is divine.
You can use this stitch set for garments and other wearables such as sweaters, shawls, or scarves, or for household items such as crocheted blankets, etc.
There are a few tricks that make this stitch easier or work up faster, so grab your hook and let’s get started!
Follow along with the VIDEO tutorial for this stitch below…
About the Double Crochet Rib Stitch:
This stitch is very simple to learn. We are alternating double crochet rows with slip stitch rows.
Start with ANY multiple of chains. The first row will be a foundation row using the double crochet stitches. In this example and in the video below we start with 12 chains which makes for 10 double crochet stitches.
Because the double crochet rows all run the same direction there is a definite right side and wrong side of the fabric. I love that all of the pretty parts face the same direction. It looks amazing!
This stitch’s abbreviation is simply dc and sl st. We will alternate those two rows.
Do not ch (chain) when making the slip stitch rows. Because these rows are intended to be very short, we do not need that chain to start the row. On the double crochet rows, you’ll chain two as normal with double crochet.
What kind of yarn can I use?
You can use any kind of yarn to crochet this stitch. Because the slip stitches need to be on the loose side, you may find it easier to go up a hook size or two.
Can this technique be used with any other stitch?
Yes! You can use single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), or treble crochet (tr) in place of the double crochet rows. The shorter the stitch, the more knit-like it appears. For example, if you want a very knit-look, you’ll want to use single crochet, and if you want an open, breathable fabric you’ll want to use the taller stitches like the treble.
Tip: This makes for a great single crochet ribbing for cuffs and borders as well!
Types of Crochet Ribbing:
Ribbing in crochet can come in many forms. It could be the front post/back post stitches (abbreviated as fpdc and bpdc) or in the Back Loop Only (blo) using single crochet or half double crochet. This is a different way of achieving a knit-look cuff or edging on your next crocheted piece.
Double Crochet Rib Stitch Instructions:
1. Start with a foundation chain and double crochet stitches. For example: chain 12, double crochet in the third chain from the hook and in each chain to end. You should have 10 double crochet stitches.
2. Turn your work (I find that turning to the left looks best, as shown in the video tutorial below). Do not chain when starting the slip stitch rows. Loosely slip stitch in each double crochet to the end of the row. You should have the same number of slip stitches as you did double crochet stitches in row 1.
Tip: It may be helpful to go up a hook size when making the slip stitch rows only.
3. Chain two and turn, then dc into each sl st across.
Note: I find it helps to insert the hook into the first slip stitch of the row BEFORE turning your work (as pictured below). It’s just easier to both find those loops and to work into them this way.
Repeat these two rows over and over until the piece is as tall as you like.
See the difference between the “right side” and the “wrong side”? Lovely!
When the piece is as tall as you like, end with a double crochet row.
I can’t wait to see all of these gorgeous ponchos, and this stitch is such a great way to rock your crochet skills! Make sure that you are on the email newsletter list (sign up below) so that you’ll be notified when that FREE pattern is published. ♥