Regarding Ribbing

albert's picture

I would be very interested to know what you folks prefer in your ribbing. For instance, 1x1 twisted? 1x1 regular? 2x2? Do you reduce the number of stitches for your ribbing, or use a smaller needle or both? How many inches of ribbing do you prefer? Any and all opinions are welcome.

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New York Built's picture

Try this cast-off for 2X2

Try this cast-off for 2X2 ribbing that I've written about earlier...

Very smooth finish, like a cut edge. I prefer this more than the crochet-like edges on other cast-offs.

For a double rib, beginning with K2;

Knit two, pass the first knit stitch over the second knit stitch. [Bring the yarn forward. *Transfer the stitch from the right needle to the left needle. Purl two together. Repeat from * once. Carry the yarn back. ** Knit one, pass the first stitch on the right needle over. Repeat from ** once.] Repeat between [] to the end of the row.

Works well modified to other stitch counts, just follow the pattern described and modify as stitch is presented.

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YarnGuy716's picture

I kinda agree with NYB, it

I kinda agree with NYB, it depends. I like a K2P1, but sometimes a K2P2 works better. For socks I knit the first row then connect it in a circle by knitting together the first and last stitch and starting my rib pattern. Sometimes K1P1 works best, but I'm not crazy about how it looks. So yeah, it depends.

ronhuber's picture

According to EZ, 2x2 is the

According to EZ, 2x2 is the only elastic ribbing there is and you should do 30 rows of it. I follow her advice and I can agree.

New York Built's picture

According to EZ, if you find

According to EZ, if you find something that works well for YOU, do it. There is no Knitting Police. (though I think Homeland Security has plans in the works.)

Also, she was the first to admit being hard-boiled in her opinions and often hard-pressed to adopt something better, even when it clearly was. Ya gotta love her, though...Savior of Knitting Civilization and all...and I'm being serious. No folk art historian/artisan has had a broader impact than she has had to my knowledge.

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ronhuber's picture

She certainly never said

She certainly never said that you should do a 2x2 ribbing. She only said that a 2x2 ribbing done for 30 rows was the only elastic ribbing there is. I tend to agree with her as I said. I think her favourite ribbing was a purl 1 x knit one back. In fact, she preferred to avoid ribbing and often used hems and garter stitch.

YarnGuy716's picture

Personally if EZ had been a

Personally if EZ had been a member of our knitting guild she would have been the old lady I would have yelled at every meeting.

"Elizabeth, go have a cookie and some coffee and sit your butt down and shut up until we're ready to start program."

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I often use the smaller

I often use the smaller needles for transitioning to main body also. My preference is for 2x2 ribbing and I'm looking forward to trying Mark's suggestion of slipping the knit sts in the first row. [I wonder how that will translate when knitting socks top down?] I often reduce the sts when going to ribbing - or increase after ribbing - depending on the direction of the project. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bill's picture

"I do the last row in the

"I do the last row in the main stitch with the smaller needles I will use for the ribbing."

"I slip the knit stitches in the first row of ribbing and purl the purls. Gives a much more refined transition between the main stitch and the ribbing.>

I like that...very refined...will try it soon.
Thanks!
Bill

mrossnyc's picture

I like those suggestions as

I like those suggestions as well!

steve kadel's picture

1x1 smaller needle and

1x1 smaller needle and sometimes reduce sts
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New York Built's picture

Dear Albert: I guess I am

Dear Albert:

I guess I am less purist and more adventurer. I'm no expert, but the number of ribbing stitches and combinations and such is very large. You are asking a rhetorical question, like, "What kind of sunrise do you prefer?" Depends.

I get bored easily, so the challenge of learning something new or seeing a different way is great...for me. But in answer to some of your questions...

I do the last row in the main stitch with the smaller needles I will use for the ribbing. I use smaller needles because the ribbing pulls in better and I like tighter ribbing. That being said Brioche ribbing is luxurious, and cable ribs are fun, and 3x2 is almost architectural, and 1X1 appeals to my Shaker, Yankee sensibilities. Depends. I lost count of ribbing variations at around the fiftieth example.

I slip the knit stitches in the first row of ribbing and purl the purls. Gives a much more refined transition between the main stitch and the ribbing.

If the yarn is limp, or linen, or cotton, or has little "spring" like alpaca, I twist the knit stitches every other row. I like bind offs that look like ribbing just stopped, as if cut, not ended as if crocheted off.

But that's just me.

"Think...then write...then rewrite...THEN publish."
- Mark's bathroom mirror sticky note to himself.