Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Ribbing. It's made by knitting one or two stitches, and alternating with purling one or two stitches. You make it at the cuff of hats, sleeves, socks, or mittens. It is very elastic, and helps to keep them snug. Ribbing is also fully reversible- the fabric looks the same on both sides. The photo above shows ribbing made by alternating knit two, purl two over a multiple of four stitches.
What happens if you make a mistake, and accidently or on purpose leave out a stitch so that you have a multiple of four plus three stitches? You can still knit two purl two across, but you have to end up with a purl 1 stitch. The result is called mistake stitch, and looks like this:
This is one of my favorite stitches for dishcloths like the ones shown above. They are just nubby enough to scrub well, knit up very fast, and are reversible. These were also made at a critical width so that the colors in the yarn bounce back and forth joyfully. I used Peaches & Creme cotton yarn, size #6 knitting needles, and 35 stitches.
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