How To Make Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing
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What is it?
Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing is another of the Post Stitch methods of making Crochet Ribbing.
Again, as indicated in the name, Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing is, indeed, made horizontally. That means we create the wales (raised ridges) and troughs (lines of lower areas) by working the fabric from side to side. The finished fabric can then be turned sideways so the ribs run vertically in the finished project.
You can see that turning the swatch sideways creates the Vertical lines of wales and troughs that we are used to seeing in ribbing. Yes, ribbing can be USED in fabric in just about any direction your creative brains can come up with… remember here, in our Technique Tuesday articles, we are talking Horizontal and Vertical in relation to how the Crochet Ribbing is MADE relative to the starting and ending working rows.
Also as the name says, the fabric is Reversible and looks, NEARLY the same from both sides. I say NEARLY because the little heart (or arrowhead depending on how you look at it) shape of the heads of the crochet stitches will be pointing a different direction on one side of the fabric when compared to the other side.
This makes sense because we know post stitches are worked around the post of a crochet stitch. The result is the head of the stitch that is worked around is raised to the front or the back of our working row depending on whether we work a Front Post Crochet Stitch or a Back Post Crochet Stitch.
Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing is dramatically different than the previous methods we have explored for making crochet ribbing… and not just because it is made horizontally in relation to the vertical ribbing rows.
With both Reversible Vertical Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing and One-Sided Vertical Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing, the posts of the crochet stitches are what stand out from the surface of the finished fabric to create the wales and troughs we know as Crochet Ribbing.
In Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing, it is the heads of the crochet stitches that creates the raised wales and the posts create the lower trough areas.
Did you catch that last bit? It is the POSTS that create the troughs between the HEADS what create the wales.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc: the taller the stitch (i.e. hdc, dc, tr, dtr, etc…), the further apart the heads (wales) will be.
I wonder how this will affect the final Crochet Ribbing fabric… hhhmmmm
Why Use It?
Texturally, and visually, the fabric we create with Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing is very smooth and tidy looking. The bent over heads of the crochet stitches create these neat little rows of stitches that stack up on each other in an unbroken line when turned so the ribbing is aligned vertically. These sharp lines create bold raised detailing that stands out strongly from the surface of the fabric.
The difference in fabrics comes when we work post stitches of different heights. In our AHA!! moment above, we discovered that the taller the posts of our stitches, the further apart the heads of our stitches are. As the posts become taller, the troughs become wider and the wales are farther apart.
Pay very close attention to this as you are making your two swatches today!
How does the height of the stitches post affect the distance of the wales and, therefore, affect the finished crochet fabric?
How does that affect on the finished crochet fabric influence why and where you will use this technique for making Crochet Ribbing?
Here were our observations and answers to those questions:
The fabric we made with Front Post Double Crochet stitches was wonderfully chunky with bold graphic details because of the wide troughs between the wales. This technique for creating Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing created a solid, very firm finished fabric. We have used this technique for making edgings on hats, wrist warmers, and along the bottom edges of garments where we wanted the bold graphics of ribbing without the binding that can come with ribbing.
The fabric we made with Front Post Half Double Crochet stitches was equally as bold graphically, but because of the shortened posts, the wales were much closer together and we found the fabric to be very dense but more elastic that its Front Post Double Crochet counterpart. For this reason, we use this stitch where we want more snap back or memory in our finished fabric.
To Make Today's Swatch
Here's a list of materials we used to make today's swatch. You should, of course, experiment (as we have) with different yarn weights and hook sizes to see what kinds of FAB fabrics you come up with. These materials listed are what we recommend you use for your learning swatches.
Worsted Weight, 100% Pure Wool
H-8/5.00mm Crochet Hook
Foundation Half Double Crochet (Fhdc) – How to make the Foundation Half Double Crochet Tutorial
Foundation Double Crochet (Fdc) – NOTE: the tutorial for how to make the Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch will help you with this stitch… just make a Double Crochet instead of a Half Double Crochet
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) – How to make the Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial
Front Post Half Double Crochet (FPhdc) – see photo tutorial below
Break It Down
Swatch #1: Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Half Double Crochet Ribbing
Here is the pattern for Swatch #1: Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Half Double Crochet Ribbing
Row 1: Fhdc 20, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, FPhdc around first st, FPhdc around each stitch to end of row, turn.
Row 3–16: Repeat Row 2.
15. And the beauty shot of the Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Half Double Crochet Ribbing swatch.
It's a beautiful thing… check out those wales and troughs… HUBBA HUBBA!
Swatch #2: Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Double Crochet Ribbing
Here is the pattern for Swatch #1: Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Double Crochet Ribbing
Row 1: Fdc 20, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, FPdc around first st, FPdc around each stitch to end of row, turn.
Row 3–12: Repeat Row 2.
12. The beauty shot of the Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Double Crochet Ribbing swatch.
Remember, we don't block these swatches in our tutorials because we want you folks to see exactly what you will be holding in your hands when you finish your swatch.
A Few Final Important Words
The first few times you practice this technique, we suggest using two colors of yarn just like we did so you can see which stitches go where more easily AND you can compare your work to our tutorial photos more easily. After that, of course, you'll probably want to work in all one color… or not… it depends on how you are going to use them. Right?
And, as always with ANY new skill, all it takes is practice for new techniques to feel natural and easy for you.
We recommend stitching up a few quick swatches like ours and, using our photo walk through to compare your stitches, to make sure your stitches are lining up correctly. And, hey, if you aren't happy, rip 'em back out and go again! You'll get it!
Finally, PLEASE DO EXPERIMENT and PLAY with these techniques for creating crochet ribbing. NONE of our Technique Tuesday tutorials are meant to be the stopping point for your stitching. To the contrary, they are all meant to be a starting point where you experiment and play with with different yarn weights and hook sizes to see what kind of fabric you can create. Once you get the basics down and can create a swatch that looks like the ones pictured, STITCH ON! and create your own fabric variations.
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