Waffles and Ribs

I grew up in Sparks, Nevada. Although the lines between Reno, Nevada and Sparks, Nevada are hazy and Sparks is often the proverbial step-child to Reno, Sparks is a distinct and vibrant city unto itself. Sparks was founded by the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) in 1903-04 when the railroad realigned its tracks for a more efficient route, moving their hub from Wadsworth, NV to what is now Sparks, NV. “The town was variously called East Reno, Glendale, and Harriman. The towns folk finally named the new city ‘Sparks’ in honor of then sitting Nevada Governor John Sparks. The Governor threw a barbecue for all at his Alamo Ranch south of Reno.” I learned all of this and more from the Sparks Museum. It is worth the time (and the $5 for adults) to go into the museum. But, if you want to read a quick history of Sparks this article from Nevada Magazine is a quick and informative read.

Sparks has few claims to fame but the best known is the Best In the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, fitting given how Sparks got its name. The Rib-Cook off began in 1989 and now hosts almost half a million people. I have heard that it is the largest out-door barbecue festival in the world (but I didn’t know if this is true). The Rib-Cook Off was one of my favorite events to attend during my childhood; it signalled the ending of summer, and brought in food from around the country.

With the addition of the Marina, the Outlets at Legends and the Shops at the Galleria/Sparks Crossing, Sparks today looks like a veritable mecca of food, shops and entertainment as compared to the Sparks of my youth. I remember celebrating when the Outback opened. Hallelujah, there was one more restaurant in Sparks. (Notice that it is a barbecue-style restaurant). One of my favorite Sparks restaurants today is the Great Basin Brewing Co. opened in 1993, which makes them Nevada’s oldest operating brewery. I have recently become a Yelper. https://chelseahahn.yelp.com/

But this post is not entirely about food, it is also about crochet. Last week, I explained how to make front-post and back-post double crochet. Today I want to show you some of the fantastic patterns that you can create with front- and back-post double crochet, Rib Stitches (see what I did there) and Waffle Stitches (I know that it is traditionally Chicken and Waffles, but there is no chicken stitch in crochet).

Single-Side Ribs

Double crochet is one of the stitches that I use most often, but there are times when I want add just a bit of texture to my project. I do this most often with what I call Single-Side Ribs. Single-Side Ribs are composed of double crochet, front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet. I tend to space my ribs with two or three double crochets between the front-post and back-post double crochets.

To create Single-Side Ribs, like I show in my example, you need to chain a multiple of three plus two chains. Count two chains (CH) as first double crochet (DC), then double crochet into the third chain from your hook. Double crochet across each chain. If you need a refresher on how to create a double crochet, review this post. When you count your double crochets you should have a multiple of three. You lose the plus to to the creation of the first double crochet (DC). After creating the first row of double crochet stitches, chain two and turn.

Row two will start will a double crochet, then you will create a front-post double crochet (FPDC). If you need to review how to make it, review my post on front-post and back-post double crochets. Then crochet two double crochets, then a front-post double crochet (FPDC) across your pattern for as many multiples of three as you chained. You will end with a double crochet. You will use back-post double (BPDC) crochet in row three.

To make this you will need:

Materials:

Yarn: Medium (4) Weight Yarn- Here I have used Vanna’s Choice
Hook: The recommended hook size for the yarn- Here I used a Boye- J-10/6.00MM
Yarn Needle/Darning Needle
Scissors

Stitches & Abbreviations:

CH- Chain
DC- Double Crochet
FPDC- Front-post Double Crochet
BPDC- Back-post Double Crochet
REP- Repeat
( )- Total Stitch Count at the End of the Row

Foundation:

Chain multiples of 3+ 2

Notes:

I use 2 Chains to create the first Double Crochet on every row.
Every row ends with a Double Crochet.
Make only one Stitch in the Stitch below unless specifically instructed to create more than one Stitch.
I do not crochet in the slip knot at the beginning of the chain row.

Pattern:

CH 17. Turn
R1: Count 2 CH as first DC, DC in 3rd CH from hook. DC in next 14 CH. (15 DC total) Turn.
R2: Ch 2 (Count as first DC). FPDC. 2 DC. FPDC. 2 DC. FPDC. 2 DC. FPDC. 2 DC. FPDC. DC. (15 Total)
R3: Ch 2 (Count as first DC). BPDC. 2 DC. BPDC. 2 DC. BPDC. 2 DC. BPDC. 2 DC. BPDC. DC. (15 Total)
Repeat (REP) R2 and R3 until your work is as long as you want it to be.

Rib(bed) Stitch

One of the easiest front-post double crochet (FPDC) and back-post double crochet (BPDC) patterns to create is the Rib Stitch or Ribbed Stitch.

You can see that I made this scarf in a Rib Stitch. This is a super scarf, it is very wide and very long, but not very heavy. I love when I can make a scarf so large it can substitute as a blanket, but it doesn’t feel like a weight around your neck. To make this scarf I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Icelandic (the variegated yarn) and Dark Grey.

To make this you will need:

Materials:

Yarn: Medium (4) Weight Yarn- Here I have used Vanna’s Choice
Hook: The recommended hook size for the yarn- Here I used a Boye- J-10/6.00MM
Yarn Needle/Darning Needle
Scissors

Stitches & Abbreviations:

CH- Chain
DC- Double Crochet
FPDC- Front-post Double Crochet
BPDC- Back-post Double Crochet
REP- Repeat
( )- Total Stitch Count at the End of the Row

Foundation:

Chain an even number.

Notes:

I use 2 Chains to create the first Double Crochet on every row.
Every row ends with a Double Crochet.
Make only one Stitch in the Stitch below unless specifically instructed to create more than one Stitch.
I do not crochet in the slip stitch at the beginning of the chain row.

Pattern:

CH 16. Turn.
R1: Count 2 CH as first DC (here and throughout the pattern), DC in 3rd CH from hook. DC in next 13 CH (14 DC). Turn.
R2: CH 2. FPDC. BPDC. (REP 5 more times). DC in last stitch. (14)
R3: CH 2. BPDC. FPDC. (REP 5 more times). DC in last stitch. (14)
REP R2 and R3 for as many rows as you would like.

Waffle Stitch

The Waffle Stitch has a few variations, find one that you like, this is the one that I like.

To make this you will need:

Materials:

Yarn: Medium (4) Weight Yarn- Here I have used Vanna’s Choice
Hook: The recommended hook size for the yarn- Here I used a Boye- J-10/6.00MM
Yarn Needle/Darning Needle
Scissors

Stitches & Abbreviations:

CH- Chain
DC- Double Crochet
FPDC- Front-post Double Crochet
BPDC- Back-post Double Crochet
REP- Repeat
( )- Total Stitch Count at the End of the Row

Foundation:

Chain an even number.

Notes:

I use 2 Chains to create the first Double Crochet on every row.
Every row ends with a Double Crochet.
Make only one Stitch in the Stitch below unless specifically instructed to create more than one Stitch.
I do not crochet in the slip knot at the beginning of the chain row.

Pattern:

CH 18.
R1: Count 2 CH as first DC (here and throughout the pattern), DC in 3rd CH from hook.. DC across. (16 DC)
R2: CH 2. 2 FPDC. DC. (REP 4 more times). (16)
R3: CH 2. 2 DC. FPDC. (REP 3 more times). 3 DC. (16)
REP R2 and R3 as many times as you want.

 

Do you like to eat waffles or ribs? Have you made crochet projects in the waffle or rib stitch? Let’s talk.

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