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.
When 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: