Tuesday, October 25, 2016

(Faux Knit) Crochet Ribbing Tutorial - Yarn Over Slip Stitch Back Loops Only (yo-slst-blo)

This crochet ribbing resembles a lot knitting ribbing.
It’s stretchy and it looks great on both sides of the work, the only difference is that on the right side the ridges/arrows formed by the stitches are pointing down and on the wrong side they are pointing up as seen in the picture below.

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( Faux Knit) Crochet Ribbing Tutorial - Yarn Over Slip Stitch Back Loops only  (yo-slst-blo)

I have made a step by picture tutorial to show you how to crochet this knit looking ribbing.

Stitches, Terms (US) and Abbreviations used:
- ch: chain
- back bump of chains. See my picture tutorial
- slst: slip stitch
- blo: back loop only
- st: stitch
- yo: yarn over
- yo-slst: yarn over-slip stitch
- yo-slst-blo: yarn over- slip stitch back loop only

Now let’s see how it works!

Crochet Ribbing with the Yarn Over Slip Stitch Back Loop Only (yo-slst-blo)

Start with a foundation chain of your desired length.  

Row 1: 
(Note: I work the first row inserting the hook into the back bump of chains. This makes a pretty edge.)
a) First stitch:
- Yarn over (yo) and insert the hook into 2nd chain from hook

- Yarn over and draw the yarn through the chain.
- You have now 3 loops on the hook, the same as when you’ll work a half double crochet.

 Stop! Do not yarn over again to complete a half double crochet! Instead go the the step below.

- Having the 3 loops on hook, pull/slip the first loop on hook through the next 2 loops on hook to complete a Yarn Over Slip Stitch (yo-slst).

b) Work the same for the next stitches: 
*- yo and insert the hook into next chain (or stitch for the next rows)
- yo and pull through the chain/ stitch.
- You have now 3 loops on the hook. Pull the first loop on hook through the next 2 loops on hook to complete the stitch.*

Repeat across from * to* to end of foundation chain.

This is how the first completed row will look like!

If you pay attention to the stitch, you’ll notice that there are 3 loops: two top loops (front and back loop) and a loop below the front loop as seen in the picture below (at row 2)!

Important! To create the ribbing pattern you’ll work all the next rows inserting the hook into the back loop only (blo) of each stitch across.

Row 2:

Ch1 tight (this is to prevent the ribbing to overstretch on the edge), turn;
Working in back loops onlyyo-slst into first st (as described at point b. above) and yo-slst-blo in each stitch across the row.

Yarn over- slip stitch - back loops only

Below you can see the 2nd row completed. The first ridge it's already there.

Repeat as row 2 for the next rounds.

Turn your work 90 degrees clockwise and admire your knit look crochet ribbing!

I hope you enjoy my tutorial and that you have fun with this awesome stitch and crochet ribbing! Stay tuned! I will publish soon the free pattern "Go with the Flow Hat" using this crochet ribbing.

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