Crocheting with ribbon is definitely a first for me, but hopefully not a last. It was fun, easy and so soft to work with. However, even with all the ups there was a definite downside too. Yarn is a lot more solid. Ribbon slides. You can always find out for yourself exactly how that can affect your particular pattern. For mine, I would say it just gave me a challenge I could manage.
Crocheting with Ribbon: Did I Lose my Mind?
It happens, we all end up running out of tools. At some point you might say, “I don’t have any yarn”. In these situations, you need to find things that you do have. Ribbon works just as great as yarn in certain cases. All you need is a little creativity.
This is what happened in my case. I didn’t lose my mind. In fact, I gained it. Being able to grab the initiative to use something I had on hand (instead of running to the shops), were enough to make me feel energised and powerful. I can accomplish anything if I think out of the box. But enough about me, here is what I did:
This ribbon mat was made in a very simple, ordinary way. It is quick and easy to make for those who need either a quick birthday present or just want something new for the house without much effort.
The pattern is just a simple write up, and does not explain how to slip stitch or how to make a double crochet stitch. If anything is unclear, ask away.
Base: Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to make your circle. Chain 1.
Row 1: Single crochet twice into every chain stitch. Slip stitch to finish the row and chain 2.
Row 2: Double crochet (DC) in the back loops only. You will crochet like this: DC x 2 into the first single crochet, DC x 1 into the next single crochet, continue with this pattern until you slip stitch to finish your row. Chain 2.
Row 3: DC in the back loops only. You will crochet like this: DC x 2 into the first single crochet, DC x 1 into the next single crochet, DC x 1 into the next single crochet and then DC x 2 into the stitch after that. Continue with this pattern until you slip stitch to finish your row. Chain 2.
You will continue doing more single DC in the stitches for every new row you make.
The Trick of Working with Ribbon
There is really no trick. I worked with it as normal. The only trick is to know your own mannerisms. How tight do you work? What crochet hook will be best? You can read more about choosing the right hook here. If you are at a comfortable crocheting level, then you should have no issues. If you are inexperienced, this will offer a good chance to learn.
Working with ribbon is definitely something every crocheter should try at some point in time, as you get experience working with different materials. Any ribbon can work for any project, but you need to be sure about the effect you want.
If you want a tablecloth that falls nicely, you cannot use a hard type of ribbon – smooth and silky would be the way to go. Whereas, you could make a nice cushion cover with a harder type of ribbon, as they can create wonderful textures.
I recommend working with ribbon at least once, as it is fun and nice to work with, but be sure of what you want. You can practice and find your own way of working with ribbon. Remember: imagine it, design it and make it. If you have worked with ribbon before, share your thoughts on it below!