When I first started crocheting I made scarves, pot holders and dish clothes all made of single crochet. If you are anything like me, then you know that this gets a little monotonous crocheting the same stitch all the time. The second stitch I learned was the single crochet rib stitch which is a variation of single crochet stitch. I was so excited with the texture of this stitch because with a slight alteration in the single crochet, I had worked an entirely new stitch. That was the first time I realize that crocheting was such a versatile art form with many facets I had yet to explore.
This is why this week I have decided to do a tutorial on the “Single Crochet Rib Stitch. I have seen this stitch called ” the front and back loop“and “the front and back porch” but I think I like the Single Crochet Rib Stitch name best. After all it is the most common.
You will see this stitch in many patterns but the most common are hats, scarves, bottoms of sweaters, cuffs and even occasionally on the ripple afghans.
The stitch turns a single crochet into a texture stitch with little ridges with hills and valleys. When you use this stitch, it will cause the yarn to puff up which actually helps holds in heat. This makes your crochet items warmer to your user than the regular crochet stitch. So as you can see it is a very useful stitch to master. So I will pause right here and let you go and get your yarn and crochet hook then we will get started on our step by step tutorial.
Single Crochet Rib Stitch tutorial:
The most common mistake that people make when crocheting this stitch is they do not consistently go into the back or front loop. When crocheting this stitch make sure which loop you are going into. If you are unsure take the time to learn to identify your front and/or back loop. (picture below)
First you will want to chain 26:
Row 1: (Right Side) Single crochet (sc) in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (picture below)
Note: Loop a short piece of yarn or use a marker to make this last row as the right side.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn; sc in Back Loop Only (BLO) of each sc across. (Picture below)
Repeat row 2 until the piece until it is the desire measurement. (Picture below)
When you have crocheted at least 6 rows you should notice that your ribs should appear in vertical lines.
There should also be an even pattern of hills and valleys in appearance.
I hope you enjoy working with this stitch and until next week keep those hooks flying.