How to crochet a Ribbed Brim

ribbed edge crochet tutorialCrochet a ribbed Brim

The ribbing stitch is a crochet stitch that almost looks like knit fabric. This stitch is perfect for the brim of a hat, the ends of gloves or the sleeves and bottom of sweaters. I think it gives a nice, finished look to wearable projects and it’s pretty easy to learn. My most favorite part of this crochet trick is that the fabric becomes stretchy. Keep reading for the tutorial on the Ribbing stitch worked two ways!

There are several methods to adding a ribbed edge to your project and I want to show you what I do to get this look. I mainly use the ribbing stitch for hats so in this little tutorial I will show you how to add a ribbed edge to a crochet hat.

Note: I like to work the brim with a hook that is half a size smaller than the hook I will use for my hat (I love my Tulip Etimo hook set. For a comprehensive hook review see this post!. I wrote this tutorial with standard crochet abbreviations. Go to any of my patterns (like this hat) for a list!

Starting your hat with a crochet ribbed brim

I do this for hats that are worked from brim to crown.

Hint: Most Messy Bun Hats are worked like this!

Skip below the pictures for the written instructions.

crochet ribbed brim tutorialFigure out how long you would like your brim to be (I usually will work 10 to 12 ch + 1) Now figure out how many stitches around your hat will need to be sized correctly.

Work a starting ch of your desired length (for example 10 + 1) sc in second ch from hook, sc to end, turn

ch 1, *sc in back loops to end, turn, ch1, repeat from* until your edging has reached the desired size, match up your two ends and slst together, do not fasten off as you will use your brim color for your transition as well (I used white as a guide in the picture).

Optional: I like to use this optional step to really make sure my transition from brim to body is neat. Loosely (!) work one slst per edging row around the brim. I like to use a bigger hook when working slst. This step will help guide your stitches for the transition between brim and hat body.

Work a round of sc into the v formed by the slip stitches, if you used this step. Otherwise crochet right into the side of your brim (one st per row of sc ribbing stitch).

Adding a crochet ribbed brim at the end

ribbed edge crochet tutorial

This method is usually for crochet hats that are worked from the crown to the brim.

Work your hat until it has reached the desired size (minus the length of your edge!). Do not fasten off unless your brim will be in a different color.

The ribbed edge will be worked in rows.

Ch the desired length of the brim (I usually will ch 10 + 1)

sc in the second ch from hook, sc to end, *slst into the next st of the hat, slst in the next st of the hat, sc in back loops of your edge stitches to end, turn, ch1, sc in back loops to end, repeat from * until you have worked all the way around the hat, slst the two edges together, fasten off

ribbed edge crochet tutorial

Note: As you may have guessed you can easily do this with hats worked from bri to crown as well. Simply work your foundation chain and work upwards. At the end, slst your ribbed edge brim to the bottom loops of the foundation chain!

The ribbing stitch can also be worked as a hdc or even dc. Just adjust your stitches accordingly.

I hope this helped you give your projects a more finished look. It also will make your hats fit a larger size variety of heads now (it’s stretchy!) if you are a little lazy about sizing (like me! 🙂 Please let me know what you think in the comments and happy crocheting!


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  1. I make my Lion Brand Homespun big blankets with the ribbed stitch sideways with the ribs running lengthwise (going into the back loop like your hat brim). It makes the blanket nice and stretchy so you can wrap it all around and snuggle up in the winter. I like to make cotton washcloths alternating front and back loops, it gives a bumpy texture that’s good for scrubbing up in the shower. Kinda helps exfoliate the rough skin spots.

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