Suuuuuper cheesy pic because it's my first blog post - hopefully of many! - and I'm super excited to jump in. Joining this dynamic and crazy prolific online maker community has me feeling pretty amped. If you're here right now, first let me just say: thank you!! I'm totally tickled that you would take a second out of your busy day to stop by.
Anyway! I just wanted to throw up a quick tutorial to kick things off. It's a brief video explaining how to create a ribbed look with crochet. Note the ribbed lapel edge and hem of the sweater in the photo. That's my SOC Sweater (Seasons of Celebration), which was my first *ever* pattern and I'm still so freaking proud of it. You can find it here if you want to make one for yourself. I promise, you'll want to live in it. But back to the subject at hand...
Quick story: I learned to knit before I learned to crochet, and one of my favorite things about it was the ribbing. I don't know why, but I was just fascinated with that process. Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1... and then you get this fun, textured, stretchy stuff. So cool. But then I found crochet and fell in LOVE. I was totally liberated by the move from two needles to one hook. With that one hook and a ball of yarn, I felt like I could go anywhere and create anything. To my beginner brain, knitting felt so linear. Limited. Constrained. A crochet hook can go wherever the heck it wants. Circular rugs... gently curving necklines... even the wavy contour of a slipper sole. I became a total crochet addict. But! Anytime I would see something with a ribbed cuff or a ribbed brim on it, I'd have this bummer reaction, thinking, "Man, that's so obviously knit. I wish I could make it with crochet."
Guess what?? You totally can. My crazy creative sister-in-law showed me this method a couple of years ago and it was a total "EUREKA!" moment. Oh, the possibilities now! You CAN have ribbed crochet items! Hats with brims! Sweaters with cuffs! I've used it anywhere and everywhere since.
If, like me in my beginner days, you've been wishing or wondering if you could achieve a ribbed look with crochet, I created a little video to show you that you can and just exactly how easy it is.
I hope you find the video helpful and feel inspired to make something new with some squishy, stretchy, oh-so-cute ribbing. Insider tip: the actual instruction starts at 2:18 and goes through 6:00. There's some intro and explanation stuff on either end. ;)