Ribbed Half Double Crochet Stitch by Janice Jones
If you thought that you could only create ribbing with knitting, you haven’t discovered how to create a fabric that resembles the knit rib with a basic crochet stitch that is worked slightly differently. This tutorial will look at the half-double crochet stitch and how to use it to create ribbing.
You might also be interested in the single crochet rib stitch. You can actually make ribbing using other methods including the double or even treble crochet stitch. The choice is yours depending on how wide you'd like your ribbing to be.
Typically, when working the half-double crochet stitch, we insert the hook into the top two loops of the stitches below.
If we insert our hooks into the back loop only, we create a ribbed textured fabric that works great for cuffs, edges, and other decorative details. It’s very easy to master as long as you know how to work a half-double crochet stitch.
Just as a quick refresher, here is how the half-double crochet stitch is created.
In crochet patterns you will see the back loop half double crochet is abbreviated:
Typically, the ribbed half double crochet stitch is used in a place where ribbing is desired. This could be the on sweaters or cardigans, the brim of a hat or a long jacket.
I am currently working on a turtleneck dog sweater that is created with half double crochet stitches and the collar or turtleneck is created with the half double crochet stitch working in the back loop only.
Here is a beginner-friendly review of how to make the half double crochet stitch. You can find more information on the half double crochet stitch on our beginner tutorial pages.
When we crochet, we have some choices where we insert the hook. In a typical half double crochet stitch, we insert our hook under both loops of the stitch from the previous row. (see photo below). But there are several ways to create this stitch. Here are a couple of examples where we can place the hook.
1. In the front loop only of the next stitch (Hdc-flo)
2. In the back loop only of the next stitch (hdc-blo)
3. In both loops of the next stitch (hdc)
4. Around the post (from front to back) (Fphdc)
5. Around the post (from back to front) (BPhdc)
6. Between the stitches
You will be making the ribbed half double crochet stitch as if you were making a typical half double crochet, but rather than inserting your hook into the top two loops, you will only insert your hook into the back look.
For this tutorial, I cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1: Insert hook into the 3rd chain from the hook and work a half double crochet stitch. Work one half double crochet stitch in each chain across row to end of row. (18 hdc). Turn.
Row 2: Chain 2. Work half double crochet stitches by inserting hook into the back loop only. (hdc-blo). Work across row.
Repeat row 2 until you have reached your desired length.
The half double crochet stitch is one of the basic stitches that all beginners master, but there are more than one way to create this stitch.
In this tutorial we explored how to create the half double crochet stitch by working in the back loop only to create a fabric that resembes a rib such as you might see in knitting.
It's a great solution if you are searching for a crocheted rib stitch to use in your next project.