Knitting Tip of the Day:

July 15, 2015

Knitting Tip of the Day:

How to Rib: Ribbing is great for a lot of things in knitting. It can be used to hold parts of garments closer to the skin - like the cuffs and necks of sweaters or at the tops of socks, it can be used to make stretchier fabric, or it can just be used for a bit of texture in a garment.

Ribbing is simply the alternating of knit and purl stitches. As a simple example, for 1 x 1 ribbing, the first row is knit 1, purl 1. Then for the next row, you knit the purls and purl the knits. So if you have an even number of stitches, the pattern is k1, p1 each row.

If you're knitting your ribbing English or throwing style (this is how most people in the US knit), you'll want to bring your yarn between the needles and towards the front of your work before purling and bring your yarn between the needles and towards the back of your work before knitting.

Happy Knitting!



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