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

This crochet ribbing resembles a lot knitting ribbing knit 1, purl 1.
It’s stretchy and reversible, looking 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.

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

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UPDATE Febr. 2020: I have made a short no-sound VIDEO TUTORIAL showing you how to crochet the yarn over slip stitch back loop only!
You can watch it below!


How to crochet Knit-Look Ribbing with the Yarn Over Slip Stitch Back Loop Only (yo-slst-blo)

If you can't see the video right above, you can Watch this Video on YouTube!

For the picture tutorial I have used  following supplies: Red Heart Chunky Soft, colorway “Seafoam” (yarn weight: bulky 5) and a 10 mm crochet hook.
( Sure you can use the yarns and hook sizes of your choice!)

Stitches, Terms (US) and Abbreviations used:
- ch: chain

- back bump of chains. See picture tutorial.

- slst: slip stitch

- blo: back loop only

- st: stitch

- yo: yarn over

- yo-slst: yarn over-slip stitch (shown in this tutorial)

- yo-slst-blo: yarn over- slip stitch back loop only (shown in this tutorial)


How to crochet knit-look Ribbing with the Yarn Over Slip Stitch Back Loop Only

Start with a foundation chain of your desired length. Add 1 ch to turn. The ch1 at beg of rows will not count as a stitch!

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 only,yo-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!

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

I hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial and that you'll have fun with this awesome stitch and crochet ribbing!

I have used this kind of ribbing in many of my free crochet patterns, such as:

1) "Go with the Flow" Hat

2) Unicorn Bricks Baby Blanket

3) Side2Side Hat

4) Side2Side Cowl

5) Chic Aran Cardigan

6) Chic Aran Headband

7) Chic Aran Boot Cuffs

8) Chic Aran Cowl

9) Chic Cable Beanie

10) Ribby Legwarmers

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Written Instructions and Pictures Copyright © 2016 Kinga Erdem
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  1. I have been looking for a ribbed crochet stitch that looks like a knit stitch on both sides for a while. Thank you for posting your stitch as it is exactly what I was looking for.

  2. I can't find the video for this, there appears to be no link for it. The only thing that happens, is the pics come up. But I will try with the written instructions, and muddle the best way I can.Thank you so very much for all your hard, and free, work and time,I am learning a LOT.With my OMA's(Grans) , and your help, I am hookin happy. I am 13 and love the crochet. Summer

    1. Hi Edith, you can watch the video by clicking on that picture with the arrow on it. I have also updated the post with the link to the video on YouTube. Please check out again. Thanks and happy crocheting! :) Kinga