The Crossed Ribs with Faggots Stitch takes Ribing, Cabling and Lace techniques and combines them beautifully.
The “base” of the stitch is founded in a straight-forward 2×2 Rib Stitch i.e. knit two, purl two. This ribbing is then interspersed with decreases and yarnovers to create the faggoting effect. Then on top of this, we add some cabling every twelve rows to give the ribs the impression of crossing over.
This is quite a complicated stitch with a lot going on. Even the cable four forward, involves some decreasing/increasing. While it is an advanced stitch, please don’t be dissuaded from trying it, just make sure you fully understand the instructions and techniques and take your time, to begin with.
Lets get on with it, shall we?
Cast on any multiple of six plus two stitches for your project.
Start the first row on the wrong side of the fabric and begin by knitting two. Then enter a repeating pattern of purling two together, yarnover, purl one through the back loop, purl one then knit two. Repeat this for all odd rows.
The second-row starts by purling two, then move into the following repeat; slip one knitwise, knit one and then pass the slip stitch over, yarnover, knit two and purl two. Repeat this for all even rows until row twelve
For the twelth-row begin by purling two, then keep repeating a cable four forward followed by purling two pattern. The cable four forward is a bit unusual, in that after slipping two stitches onto your cable needle, holding them to the front you should slip one knitwise, knit one and pass the slip stitch over, then yarnover. Once you have done this knit the two stitches from your cable needle.
Once you have completed row twelve, continue repeating rows 1-12 until you have the desired size.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 6, 9 & 11 (WS): k2, *p2tog, yo, p1tbl, p1, k2; repeat from * till end of the row.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10: p2, *sl1, k1, psso, yo, k2, p2; repeat from * till end of the row.
Row 12: p2, *C4F, p2; repeat from * till the end of the row.
Repeat rows 1-12 to desired length.