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How to Knit Ribbing

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Ribbing forms a stretchy band and is usually found at the bottoms of sweaters, sleeves, neckbands, hat brims and mitten cuffs, and at the tops of socks. When worked as an edging, ribbing is generally worked with smaller needles than the main body of the garment to keep the edges firm and elastic.

Ribbing can be worked as K1, P1 ribbing; K2, P2 ribbing; or any combination of stitches that will be specified in the pattern.

With ribbing, you are lining up the stitches so the knit stitches always look like they are on top of knit stitches and the purl stitches always look like they are on top of purl stitches.

Knit 1, Purl 1 Ribbing (K1P1)

Step 1

Knit a stitch. Bring the yarn forward to the front of the work between the left and right needle.

How to Do Knit Ribbing

Step 2

Purl the next stitch.

How to Do Knit Ribbing

Step 3

Return the yarn to the back of the work between the needles.

How to Do Knit Ribbing

Step 4

Knit the next stitch.

How to Do Knit Ribbing

Step 5

Alternate Knit and Purl stitches until the row is finished (or for however many stitches the pattern specifies).

At the end of the row:

If you have an even number of stitches in the row, start the pattern again with a knit stitch.

If you have an odd number of stitches in the row, start the pattern again with a purl stitch.

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