Category Archives: Rib Stitches

The Ribbed Cables Stitch

Description

The Ribbed Cables stitch is a great "twist" in the Rib Stitch family.

The stitch uses an increase/decrease combo to create a mock cable rib effect, which sits on a Reverse-Stockinette Stitch backdrop.

On first look, the increase (k1bfb) seems intimidating, but if it's new to you, try a few practices on a test swatch, and we're sure you'll pick it up pretty quickly. This increase adds an extra two stitches to your row, which are then decreased a couple of rows later using a k3tog.

As you would expect from a rib stitch, it is super-stretchable meaning it is a perfect candidate for those fitted areas such as collars and cuffs. While it is not reversible in the strictest sense i.e. it produces two mirror image sides; the wrong side gives an extremely attractive broad stockinette stitch rib effect.

Keen to get started? Then lets get started with the instructions below...

Instructions

Cast on multiples of five plus four stitches for your project.

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The 2x2 Rib Stitch

Description

The 2x2 Rib stitch is a straightforward, rugged looking and reversible member of the Rib Stitch family.

This stitch, like most rib stitches, produces a reversible fabric which is stretchy, making it particularly suited for any projects that are fitted or specific areas of projects such as collars, cuffs, and hems that require a more shape-forming stitch pattern. It's pretty hardy, rugged looking nature lends itself well to those chunky winter knitwear projects such as scarves.

So, what is the 2x2 Rib Stitch? The stitch is relatively straightforward consisting of only the knit and purl stitch techniques. These stitches are consistently repeated in a 2x2 pattern throughout the entire project. Ready to give the 2x2 Rib stitch a go? Then join us at the written and chart instructions below.

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Instructions

Cast on the required number of stitches in multiple of 4 + 2 additional stitches for your project (if you want to start and end with knit ribs, you can omit the last two stitches if you wish to end on a purl rib).

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The Shaker's Rib Stitch

Description

The Shaker's Rib stitch is very airy, light and extremely stretchy member of the Rib Stitch family.

This stitch, like most rib stitches produces a reversible fabric which is extremely stretchy, considerably more so than other rib stitches making it an ideal choice for hats. However, as like most rib stitches it is readily applicable to any part of most projects but especially lends itself to fitted areas or projects due to its ability to expand/retract and keep its shape.

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The Broken Rib Stitch

Description

The Broken Rib stitch is a very simple yet rather beautiful Rib Stitch.

Unlike the majority of Rib Stitches, the Broken Rib is not reversible - at least not in the sense that you will see the same pattern on both sides of the fabric. You could argue that the Broken Rib is, in fact, two stitches in one as the reverse that is created is a beautiful raised dimpled text similar to the Moss Stitch or Seed Stitch. This reverse is sometimes referred to as the Rice Stitch.

So, what is the Broken Rib Stitch? The Broken Rib Stitch requires mastery of the two basic stitch techniques, knit and purl. These two stitches are combined in right side (odd numbered rows) by simply alternating between them - knit one stitch then purl one stitch and repeat throughout the row. This repeating pattern is "broken" by knitting every stitch in the wrong side (or even rows).

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Instructions

Cast on the required number of odd stitches for your project.

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