Stretchy Crocheted Ribbing Tutorial

Ever wondered how to create stretchy crocheted ribbing? Ribbing is usually a feature of knitted items, but it’s just as easy (if not easier) to do with crochet! Follow the simple instructions below and learn how to add a stretchy ribbed edge to any crochet project!
Stretchy Crochet Ribbing Tutorial
When I taught myself to crochet, I learned the basics. I learned how to do simple crochet stitches and how to manipulate them to create certain shapes. For some reason, I never explored the different stitches and what I could do with them. It had never occurred to me that I could create a stretchy crocheted ribbing the same way I could do with knitting. I was clearly missing out on some great techniques. Starting with today’s post, I hope to share not only how to create the stretchy crocheted ribbing, but also a bunch of other fun and different crochet stitches! Be sure to keep up with new posts by subscribing and you’ll also get the free ebook: The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet. For now, though, let’s get on to the lesson!

Stretchy Crocheted Ribbing Tutorial


What You’ll Need to Know:

For this tutorial, there are a few things you need to know how to do. If you don’t know these, don’t worry. You can always learn from either the videos that will be linked or from the ebook.
  • Creating a foundation chain (VIDEO)
  • Working double crochet stitches (VIDEO)
  • Front- and Back- Post Double Crochets (both of which I’ll show you how to do below!)


1. To begin with, create a foundation of as many chains as your project requires. It’s easiest to work with an even number so you don’t get mixed up when turning. If your pattern calls for an odd number, just add one more and decrease one  after the ribbed section. Work one row of double crochet (DC).

2. Turn the work and yarn over (YO). Now we’re going to work a Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) to create the part of the rib that stands out.

Insert your hook into the first space between the DC, just before the second DC. You want to insert your hook from the front to the back of the work…

Then, bring the hook back to the front by going behind that second DC and through the next space, from back to front. You should have the stitch in front of the hook now.

Yarn over (YO) and pull the yarn through from behind the DC so that you have 3 loops on the crochet hook. With those three loops, you can work a DC stitch as you normally would: YO, pull yarn through 2 loops, then YO and pull yarn through the remaining 2 loops. The next few pictures will break it down step-by-step.



There’s the first FPDC!

It won’t look like much yet, but this is going to create the raised part of your ribbing. The next step is to create the recessed part, which is very similar.

It won’t look like much yet, but this is going to create the raised part of your ribbing. The next step is to create the recessed part, which is very similar.

3. For the recessed part, you’re going to work a Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC), which is just the reverse of the stitch we just learned. YO and insert your hook into the next space between DCs, this time inserting the hook from the back to the front.


Then, go across the front of the DC and insert your hook into the next space by inserting your hook from front to back. The picture below shows you how it should look.

YO, and pull up a loop. You should again have three loops on your hook. Work the rest of the DC as you normally would.


That is the completed BPDC!

Again, it doesn’t look like much with only two stitches completed, but it starts to take shape as you work more stitches.

4. For the rest of the row, alternate between 1 FPDC and 1 BPDC until you reach the end. Then chain 1, turn and repeat across the row. Continue working in the pattern until your ribbing is as tall you want it to be, and you’ll start to see the pattern emerge after 3 rows.

Look how stretchy it is! This is only with a starting chain of 10!


I hope this helped you guys learn how to make a crochet rib. The pattern itself is SUPER simple, and it’s written out again below, but the majority of this post was to teach you how to do two new stitches: FPDC and BPDC! This was really a 3-in-1 lesson, I think 😉

Ribbing pattern:

Start with an even numbered chain.Row 1: DC across all stitches

Row 1: DC across all stitches
Row 2: *FPDC, BPDC*, repeat across all stitches. Chain 1, turn.
Row 3: Repeat row 2 until the ribbing reaches the desired height.

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This ribbing can be used anything that needs a little stretch to it, but I think it’s most useful for making hats. In the picture above, I used it to make the ribbing of a child’s basic hat pattern that I have ready to go. But because it’s spring and so nice out, I’m going to hold on to that post until the weather gets a little chillier.

I really hope you found this post useful and informative. Soon, I’m going to be posting more about different stitches for crocheted and knitted, so stay tuned for that. Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of this post for weekly post updates and you’ll also get access to the resource library!

See you soon 🙂

  • Great tutorial; It’s so easy to follow! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

  • Love this DIY! I'm getting some new crochet hooks and can't wait to learn how besides the string I can make lol 😉 Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party!

  • Thank you, Tammy!

  • Tammy @ Posh Patterns Blog

    Great tutorial and pictures! Visiting from That DIY Party link up. 🙂

  • Thanks! I hope you give it a try!

  • Crochet Hooks

    great tute! thanks for sharing how to make a stretchy crochet ribbing!

  • Aw, thanks, Jess! I'm glad you enjoy them 🙂

  • You always make this look so easy! I always save all your tutorials! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  • Thank you! I do try to explain as best as I can so it means so much to me that it comes through. You have a great weekend, too 🙂

  • Kreativk Net

    Hi Shehla! This is a very detailed tutorial you're showing here! I haven't crocheted in years, but I think I'd be able to give this a try after some practising maybe and with your great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #4! Have a lovely weekend!