HOW TO CROCHET A SLIP STITCH RIBBED BRIM FOR A CROCHET BEANIE
A Guest Post by Katie Clary, of Salty Pearl Crochet. Be sure to check out the free XO Textured Toque beanie pattern to practice crocheting the slip stitch ribbing technique you’ll learn in this post!
Can I make a confession? I’m a diehard crochet addict, but I just LOVE the look of knitting. So when I designed my latest hat, the XO Textured Toque, I knew I wanted to add a knit-look ribbed brim for it. After a little experimentation, I’ve decided that the crochet slip stitch ribbed brim makes the closest imitation of a knit ribbed band. I know you’ll love it, too!
MATERIALS NEEDED TO CROCHET A SLIP STITCH RIBBED BRIM:
Crochet slip stitch ribbed brims can be added to any top-down hat pattern. To get started, you will need:
A crochet hook. For this pattern, I used the same size hook as I used for the body of my hat, and a loose tension. You may prefer to size up one hook size if you crochet on the tighter side. I highly recommend using a comfortable, ergonomic crochet hook! This will help you relax your tension and be able to find that last slip stitch in the row more easily.
A top down crochet hat that’s been worked until just before the ribbed brim, with the working yarn still attached. Note: for this photo tutorial, I’ll be working into a gauge swatch.
Let’s get started!
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SLIP STITCH RIBBED BRIM:
Make a row of chain stitches. For the XO Textured Toque, you will need 8 chains for a 7 stitch wide slip stitch ribbed brim in the child or adult size, but you may make the brim as wide or narrow as you like!
Slip stitch in the second chain and continue across.In the last chain of the row, insert your hook into the back loop of the final chain AND the next stitch of the hat, as you can see below. Then yarn over and complete your last slip stitch by pulling through all the loops on your hook.
Slip stitch into the next stitch of the hat to take the place of your turning chain, and turn your work. Working in the back loops only, slip stitch across your row.
Chain one, and turn. Working in the back loops only, slip stitch back, stopping before the last stitch.
In the last slip stitch of the row, insert your hook into the back loop of the final stitch, AND the next stitch of the hat. Yarn over and slip through all loops of your hook. Now that you have a third row forming, you can see the little “V” shapes that imitate the knit stitching!
That’s it! Now just continue the slip stitch ribbing around the brim of your hat.
You’ll be repeating steps 4-8 around the remainder of your crochet hat brim. Here’s an idea of how the slip stitch ribbing looks on my swatch after finishing:
Can you see the “knit” stitches? You’d never guess it was crochet if I hadn’t left my hook attached, would you? This crochet ribbing technique does pull the fabric together, but the slip stitch ribbed construction is VERY stretchy, especially if you have maintained a loose tension throughout. You can see in my XO Textured Toque that the brim can fit both my young son’s 20″ head, and my 23″ head. (He typically fits in Teen or Small adult sized hats, whereas I prefer to wear adult Large sizes.)
FINISHING THE SLIP STITCH RIBBED HAT BRIM:
After crocheting the slip stitch ribbed brim around the whole hat, you’ll need to seam the ends together. Cut your yarn and sew the two ends of brim shut with your yarn needle. I used a simple running stitch which left a barely noticeable seam. If you prefer to slip stitch both ends together, that looks quite tidy as well.
Weave in all ends with a finishing needle, and your hat is ready to wear!
Katie is a busy mom to two kids (and the world’s fluffiest border collie) and proud wife of a U.S. Marine who swept her away from their Midwest roots to the faraway coasts of the East China Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and lately Tampa Bay.
When she’s not combing the beach for seashells, she’s using yarn to send her love back home like a message in a bottle to her loved ones who stayed behind.
You can find more of her free, beach inspired crochet patterns on her blog, Salty Pearl Crochet.