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How To Knit Ribbing

Knitting used to be the preserve of old ladies, sat at home or on park benches with their needles clicking and clacking away. But this is no more. In part the rise of the internet is responsible for the increased interest in this hobby.

It is so easy to share inspiration and creations via a blog or an image that everyone is becoming interested in knitting. You can even generate an income through online stores such as etsy or ebay!

You might also be interested to note that research suggests that knitting has an array of health benefits. These include lowering your stress levels which allows your body to function better and even improving your self-esteem through the praise you get from others and the satisfaction of completing an item.

There are many types of knitting and an array of knitting yarns for you to become familiar with, this guide will help you get to grips with ribbing:

Getting Started

The rib stitch will allow you to create a vertical stripe which is either textured or raised, or both, from the rest of the item. This is especially useful when creating garments, although it can be used for virtually anything.

To start you need to understand there are three different styles of rib stitching:

1 x 1

You need your yarn and two needles. Knit one standard stitch followed by a purl stitch. Continue this pattern until the desired length has been reached and then continue down the rows, keeping the stitches in line.

2 x 2

This is very similar except that instead of doing one standard followed by one purl you do two standard then two purls. The result is wider stripes down the garment.

Again you’ll need to continue this across the needle and replicate it across the rows as you proceed.

This gives the item more stretch and can be beneficial when making clothes, particularly ones which are pulled over your head.

The Mix

You don’t need to stick to a standard pattern. You can create a single vertical line in something by placing the purl stitch in the middle of the garment. Or, you can do 5 standards and one purl to create a narrow raised strip against wide flat ones.

There is really no limit to the possibilities with ribbing; the aim is simply to break up the item you are knitting with a raised line, or more than one!

It is advisable when first attempting this stitch to use an even number of stitches and to remember that a standard stitch is V-shaped while the purl looks more like a bump. As you advance you can even tie a second color in although this is not advisable when starting out!

The key is to make sure that all the purl stitches line up, this will ensure the vertical line is smooth and connected, counting the right number of stitches is essential or you will end up frustrated!

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