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This crochet beanie tutorial is all about how to make the perfect ribbed brim for a top-down beanie. If you are like me, you love crocheting beanies or hats, lots of them.
But most of the time when you create a top down beanie, you need a quick, easy and fast ribbing that looks great. Very often, or actually most of of the time, people use the front and back post stitches.
Why do I need learn a new way to crochet a ribbed brim for a Top-Down Beanie?
There is nothing wrong with the front and back post stitches, besides that they always look a bit chunky and do not look as nice as the ribbing for bottom up hats.
Well, I was thinking recently, why can’t I combine the top-down beanie with a nice ribbing such as the ones used for bottom up hats? So, I tried it on my crochet beanie and I believe it turned out great.
So many times, crocheters tell me they do not like the bottom up beanies as they look a bit chunky on the top and almost require a pom-pom to make them look great. I believe this tutorial should solve that problem.
Now, you can make top down beanies, without having to add a pom-pom, and have the perfect ribbed brim just like the bottom up hats do. How exciting is that?
Can I use this technique for all my top down crochet beanies?
This technique truly is so easy, you just won’t believe why you have never tried it before. At least, that is what I thought when I started using it.
The fantastic thing is that you can now add this ribbed brim to any, truly ANY, top down beanie pattern. Every time, you make a top down beanie and it calls for the front and back post stitches, just substitute the those rounds with this technique.
You will not regret it. I believe you will actually thank me, because now the ribbing does not looks so chunky and looks almost knit like. I just love it.
And do not worry, this tutorial to make the perfect ribbed brim for a top-down crochet beanie includes a photo and video tutorial.
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Here you will see a very detailed step by step tutorial on how to crochet the perfect ribbed brim for top down beanies. I added a lot of pictures as well as a very detailed video tutorial for it, for the visual learners.
If you have never created a hat or beanie before, or you are new to crocheting them, please check out my guide on how to make the perfect beanie or hat no matter the head size.
Furthermore, I have also created a thoroughly described crochet 101 post where you can learn every basic stitch, even the front and back post stitches, in case you want to learn those as well.
In fact, I will be publishing a new crochet top down beanie where I used the technique to create the perfect ribbed brim. It will be available as a free pattern by the end of this week.
But if you really can’t wait for new hat and beanie patterns, you should check out my free collection of them. All of them seem to be very popular.
Let me now tell you how to crochet the perfect ribbed brim for a top down beanie.
How to crochet the Perfect Ribbed Brim for a Top Down Beanie
In order to show off exactly how to do this technique, I created a baby top down beanie. Having a small beanie for this tutorial will help you visualize it better as it seems like everything is zoomed in and more clear.
Furthermore, I changed the yarn color, so you can easily see where I place the stitches for the perfect ribbing.
Now grab your almost finished top down beanie and learn how to crochet the perfect ribbed brim on it.
Once you finished the size of the top down beanie (excluding the amount of ribbing you want to add), start going down 1.0mm in hook size and then make a chain of the length you want the ribbed brim to be. Be sure to add 1 extra chain for the turning chain.
Now, crochet 1 sc in each stitch starting from the 2nd chain from the hook.
Next, place 1 slip stitch in the next 2 stitches of the beanie. The first slip stitch is to finish the previous row and the next one is the beginning of the next row.
Now, you will start making back loop only (blo) single crochets. Ignore the 2 slip stitches you just made and start crocheting 1 sc in the blo in each stitch.
Here you can see how I ignored the 2 slip stitches and starting crocheting sc’s in the back loop only.
The second row should look like this now. Chain 1 and turn and crochet 1 sc in the blo in each st.
Keep going and repeat steps 3 through 6. Until you reach the other side again.
Now flip the beanie inside out and, slip stitch the 2 ends together. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
You have now created the perfect ribbed brim for top down beanies. That was easy, right? It is just like making the ribbing for bottom up hats, just that there are slip stitches in between.
If you still have trouble, or you prefer watching to see how I crochet the perfect ribbed brim for top down beanies, be sure to check out my video tutorial below.
I am very detailed and thorough in the video, explaining very detail you will need to know to master this technique.
Video Tutorial on how to crochet the Perfect Ribbed Brim for a Top-Down Beanie
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Now that you learned how to crochet the perfect ribbed brim for top down beanies, keep learning and check out how to crochet the perfect cable stitch every time.
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