Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ribbing: Knit 1, Purl 1 - Knit 2, Purl 2 - Knit 3, Purl 3

In the photo to the left, I've knit ribbing in K1, P1 then K2, P2, and finally K3, P3. You can knit ribbing any way you like. Try K2, P4 or K3, P2 or whatever you feel inspired to do. One thing to remember about ribbing is that it tends to pull in, so take that into consideration when designing your project. You can use the pull to your advantage for some light waist shaping of sweaters; 2x2 ribbing is the most stretchy, and is good for cuffs, necks, and the like. Below are instructions for 1x1, 2x2, and 3x3 ribbing; don't be afraid to try other combinations though. You are only limited by your imagination! And if it doesn't work out the first time, it's only yarn. Rip it out and try again.

Knit 1, Purl 1 Rib:
Cast on an even number of stitches
Row 1: *Knit one, Purl one*
Repeat for desired length of ribbing
(You may also work this ribbing as *Purl one, Knit one*)

For 1x1 Ribbing using an odd number of stitches:
Row 1: *Purl one, Knit one*
Row 2: *Knit one, Purl one*
Repeat these two rows for pattern

Knit 2, Purl 2 Rib:
Work with a multiple of 4 stitches (4, 8, 12 and so on)
This will result in a fabric that has 2 knits along one side edge and 2 purls along the opposite side edge
Row 1: *Knit two, Purl two*
Repeat for pattern

If you would like your fabric to have 2 knits along both side edges -
Work with a multiple of 4 + 2
Row 1: *k2, p2; rep from *, end k2
Row 2: *p2, k2; rep from *, end p2

Knit 3, Purl 3 Rib:
Work with a multiple of 6 stitches (6, 12, 18 and so on)
Row 1: *Knit three, Purl three*
Repeat for pattern
(You may also work this ribbing as *Purl three, Knit three*)

Here are videos for each of the rib stitches above.


Red said...

I love ribbed stuff, it's always so pretty. Ribbed edges make just about anything better. =D

Hey which yarn is that? The colors are gorgeous! Is that the newest stuff you just got? Or something you've had a while?

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

This is the Ty-Dy yarn from Knit One Crochet Too that I have had lying around for ages and still don't know what to do with! It's called Blueberry Field.

Red said...

Ohhh, ok lol/ You've gotten so many pretty new yarns lately I wasn't sure. :p

Unknown said...

let's say i wanted to make a hat with larger purl stitches than knit stitches, for example k4 p6. how many stitches would i have to cast on? how do i calculate that on my own in the future if i wanted to do a variety of knits and purls?

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

I can't tell you how many stitches you would need to cast on. It depends on the number of stitches per inch you knit using whatever yarn and needles you use, and the size of the hat you plan on making. You have to do your gauge search and then figure out the number of stitches from that.