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This Crochet Ribbing Technique Will Blow Your Mind!

I’ve always been partial to top-down crochet beanies but I never loved the go-to ribbing options most crocheters use. Here’s my favorite technique for a crochet ribbing that rivals the beauty of knit. 

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Crochet brim technique for top down beanies ribbing crochet alternative to front post TL Yarn Craft TLYCBlogWhen I was on the hunt to add just the right elements to design the perfect slouchy beanie, a snug ribbed brim was a must. I’d seen many ways ribbing was done in crochet, but they all ended up looking very obvious or bulky to me. I poked around Pinterest and found a lovely ribbing technique that gradually attached itself to the bottom of a top-down beanie using slip stitches. I am far too lazy to slip stitch a hat with 70+ stitches on the bottom, so I opted for single crochet stitches.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! This crochet brim technique is absolutely perfect for beanie, but you can also use it for the ribbing on sweater hems, cuffs, and necklines. It’s super easy, lays flat every time, and and looks beautiful. But I can show you better than I can tell you. Here’s a tutorial from TL Yarn Crafts TV on YouTube showing my favorite ribbing technique, step-by-step:

It’s just so good, I couldn’t stop using it! Here are some of my favorite TL Yarn Crafts designs featuring my favorite ribbing technique:

Mega Pom Beanie TL Yarn Crafts Crochet Pattern

Mega Pom Beanie


Veronica Cardi Cardigan crochet pattern from tl yarn craftsVeronica Cardi


Bubble Wrap Slouch by TL Yarn Crafts slouchy puff stitch beanie hat pattern

Bubble Wrap Slouch


Park City Beanie Pom Pom hat tl yarn crafts design yellow hat instagram

Park City Beanie

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  • Reply Marti

    I absolutely love the quality of your work! Your tutorials are enjoyable to listen to & interesting for those that have crocheted for years. Well done. Thank you for sharing your talents!

    September 18, 2018 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      You are so very kind, Marti! I love crochet so much and want others to also. I’m so honored to share the craft from my perspective 🙂

      September 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Barbara Urbano

    love it

    September 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Nika

    OMG! This this is what I’ve been needing. I have always hated the rim options. I’m crocheting hats for women in a homeless shelter for this winter season. Everyone will have this nice and snug rim. Thank you for taking the time to create, video, and share this with us.

    September 20, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so very glad this tutorial was helpful. It really is my favorite way to do brims on hats and it looks great on everyone. Have fun!

      September 24, 2018 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! I only like doing top down hats as well but love the look of a ribbed brim. I hated creating a brim first then trying to fit stitches around in the rough edge. It always looks messy and has gaps or holes. I actually had thought of trying to do what you’ve shown but when I tried I got very confused lol. I’m so glad I came across this on Pinterest. I was working on a shell beanie tonight and was going to do several blo sc rows to finish but it was too tight. Then I remembered this video so going to give it a try. Your hats are simply gorgeous! I can’t wait to browse around and try a few. 💖

    September 21, 2018 at 12:01 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad you found this tutorial at the perfect time! I’d love to know how it turns out! Feel free to tag me on Facebook and Instagram – @TLYarnCrafts. Happy hooking!

      September 24, 2018 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Mysti

    Thank you soooo much for this video tutorial , I made a pair of baby pants and got to the point of the waste band and could not figure it out . I looked for a video to explain how to do this tho of stitch it and just couldn’t find anywhere , I gave up on the pants and made something else .. so thin you so much for this video it has helped immensely , I love your patterns and work.. so neat.. thanks again☺️

    September 21, 2018 at 11:02 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad you found the tutorial – it would be perfect for a waistband! 🙂

      September 24, 2018 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Darla

    I love this technique! I was seriously considering learning to knit ribbing or paying my niece to to it for me. I’ve seen the blo sc ribbing before, but not as the finishing to the piece. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for making the video.

    September 22, 2018 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Betsy

    Love this! It looks so easy. Can’t wait to try it out sometime soon.

    October 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      This method completely changed how I crochet. I really hope you love it!

      October 4, 2018 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Cynthia Sitek

    This is amazing! Thank you so much!! You have literally rocked my crochet world!!! Blessings to you!!! Cyn

    October 6, 2018 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Michelle Waite

    Thank you so much for your tutorial! Such a simple idea, but really makes a difference in the look of the hat. I will keep this technique in mind on my next hat. You are such a lovely person to listen to and your explanations are very clear!

    October 13, 2018 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Gaetane Lauzon

    Wow!! was goin to try something like this today…my husband has a knitted hat his Mom made for him years ago…its his favorite….still fits around the head but keeps coming up over his ears….she passed 6 yrs ago so she can’t make him another one…i’m more of a crochetter so i was goin to add a ribbing to lenghten the ribbing so his fav. hat fits again…TYSM!!!

    October 21, 2018 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Crystal

    Ok. Now I want to unravel any brim I’ve ever made and redo it like this. You’re right; it is so stinkin’ cute!! Great work.

    November 10, 2018 at 10:46 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thank you soooo much Crystal! This technique changed my crochet life forever. I’m so glad you like it!

      November 11, 2018 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Karla

    I love this! I was debating what to do with the border on a top down hat and this was SO EASY!

    November 23, 2018 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      So so sooooo glad this was helpful. It’s my favorite technique – I use it all the time now 🙂

      November 26, 2018 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Lr

    OMG! I’m going to start following you right now. I stopped crocheting hats because of the brim.😀

    November 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Yay! I’m so glad this is helpful. You’ll never want to stop making hats now!

      November 26, 2018 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Angela

    You are so talented! This is a smart way to do it. I can’t wait to give it a try.

    November 26, 2018 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I hope you love it! I tried it and just couldn’t keep this technique to myself. Let me know how it goes!

      November 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Mimi

    Love this awesome technique……that you so much for sharing!🙏

    December 1, 2018 at 11:35 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      So glad it’s helpful! Thanks for dropping by!

      December 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm
      • Reply Dianne

        Such a good tutorial Toni. Thank you!!! I will be using this technique on beanies I’ve been making for a couple of charities.

        July 10, 2019 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Delecia

    Thank you!!!! I’ve used several different ribbing patterns but this one is now my favorite! It turned out beautifully.

    December 7, 2018 at 11:16 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad it was helpful! Thanks for checking out the post!

      December 12, 2018 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Gail

    Just what I have been looking for to finish my beanies. Thank you, you have gained a new fan.

    December 8, 2018 at 10:30 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Awwwww, yay! Thank you so much! I’m really glad the tutorial was helpful 🙂

      December 12, 2018 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Xillennya

    Beautiful hat and very profesional, well done video. Thank you for taking the time to teach us. Making this time of profesional videos is too much work. I have tried and it is not easy.

    December 12, 2018 at 2:58 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thanks so much for your kind words and understanding! It is a lot of work to make these videos, but so fun! 🙂

      December 12, 2018 at 9:12 am
  • Reply hyc

    Very very helpful video. Thank you very much!!!

    December 25, 2018 at 3:40 am
  • Reply hyc

    Very helpful video. Thank you very much!!

    December 25, 2018 at 3:41 am
  • Reply Robin

    This is amazing. Love the brim effect but hated doing the brim first. So hard to get the right number of stitches. This is so cute and easy. Love love. Thanks so much. Glad I found you.

    December 27, 2018 at 11:36 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so very happy the tutorial is helpful, Robin! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

      December 29, 2018 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply GLENDA

    Thank you so much for sharing. I haven’t crocheted in awhile, but now I feel the need to make hats. Great tutorial.

    February 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply A Secoy

    Thank you for posting. I had found your video in YouTube then from Pinterest to this blog. I actually did sc instead of the slip stitch in between the blo sc. It just felt natural to me. I believe this will be my favorite as well. I made a skirt with it and next is a pair of pants. Thanks again!

    March 17, 2019 at 12:14 am
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