This is an easy How To video on how create a double crochet decrease, also known as dc2tog.
The double crochet decrease is abbreviated as dc2tog in most patterns. However, some designers will simply say “dec” or “dc dec” – these are all the same stitch! It can be confusing for sure, but as long as you learn it, you’ll remember for the next time you pick up a pattern.
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I love all crochet bags, well…most of them! Some can be too bulky or too loose. I wanted to design a functional market bag – but more than market bag – with beautiful color changes and most importantly, durable. A bag that you can take to the beach, the market, or on a long walk at the park. A bag that will hold *all* the stuff and not let it fall out!
If you like to design crochet garments of any kind, crochet ribbing is a necessary skill to add to your crochet repertoire. Crochet ribbing consists of a combination of simple stitches, usually worked in the back loops only or using front or back post stitches to create ridges. All of these work beautifully, but I have a favorite…because not only does it looked knitted, it has a great stretch, like ribbing is intended to do.
Crochet ribbing doesn’t always come in traditional crochet style – check out my Tunisian crochet ribbing pattern and see if you like that one too! Tunisian crochet is a technique that reminds me of knitting, but it’s done with one hook and creates a thick fabric. Despite the pattern being a koozie…you can use this Tunisian crochet ribbing for garments too!
In this post you will learn 5 different Ways to Crochet Ribbing…
I’ve compiled 5 different crochet ribbing techniques – I hope you learn something new and can use them on all your beautiful projects!
Single Crochet Ribbing
Double Crochet Ribbing
Combo Half Double Crochet & Single Crochet Crochet Ribbing
Single Crochet & Slip Stitch Crochet Ribbing
Front Post Half Double Crochet & Single Crochet Combo – Crochet Ribbing Combo
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Let’s get to it! Grab your crochet hooks and some scrap yarn. Practice makes perfect and I believe you will find a favorite of your own.
5 Simple Crochet Ribbing Patterns | How to Crochet Ribbing
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
blo – back loop only
FPhdc – front post half double crochet
3rd loop – third loop
These instructions are for working flat back and forth rows. Ribbing height can vary from hats to sweaters, so it is up to you how many chains you make to start. When you finish, you will join the ends together and stitch them up.
Note: When creating the ribbing, the first st of each row is made in same as turning chain unless otherwise indicated.
X = the number of rows or stitches in your project.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across, ch 1, turn.
Row 2 – Sc (BLO) in each stitch across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 – X: Repeat Row 2 until your ribbing is the length you’d like.
Half Double Crochet Ribbing
Note: When working the half double crochet – the last stitch of the row likes to hide ~ so remember to count your stitches. If you are short by one stitch – find that hiding last stitch and pull up the loop 🙂 Also, half doubles have a “3rd loop” – here is a pictorial on how to find the third loop of a half double crochet.
Row 1: Hdc in each chain across row (if you started with a foundation hdc row, you’ll work these into the 3rd loops), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Hdc (3rd loop) entire row, ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 – X:Repeat Row 2 until your ribbing is the length you’d like.
Half Double Crochet & Single Crochet Crochet Ribbing Combo
Create your foundation chain using chains or foundation single crochet (fsc). To learn how to create a foundation single crochet, check out this tutorial.
Row 1: Sc in each stitch or chain across (if you started with a foundation single crochet row, you’ll work these into the back loops only), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Hdc (BLO) in each stitch across, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc (3rd loop) in each stitch across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 4 – X:Repeat Rows 2& 3 until your ribbing is the length you’d like.
Single Crochet & Slip Stitch Crochet Ribbing
Note: Make the slip stitch very loose, as this ribbing tends to bunch up. Also, remember to count these stitches – or place a stitch marker on the first stitch. The last stitch of the slip stitch row will seriously hide from you!