A Knitting Journey….Part 5
The Single Rib Stitch
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The Single Rib
Now that you have practiced the knit and purl stitches you can use them together to make the Single Rib pattern! When knit and purl stitches are alternated within a row this creates a rib pattern.
There are many variations on this pattern – the first and simplest being the Single Rib!
If you are still need to learn or practice these two stitches you can still do so here: The Knit Stitch & The Purl Stitch
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The Single Rib:
Single rib is created by alternating knit and purl stitches across an even number of stitches in a row. When you turn the work and knit back the other way you are knitting into the back of a purl stitch and purling into the back of a knit stitch. This makes a vertical pattern of ‘stacks’ of the same stitches. The knit stitches protrude on the right side of the fabric and the purl stitches are recessed.
Because a little bit more of yarn is used to alternate the stitches this makes the fabric horizontally more stretchy, which is why you will often find this ‘ribbing’ around the cuffs and lower edges of garments.
Cast on the required number of stitches – making sure that the stitches are even and that the interlocked row beneath the needle has an even texture. Place the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand to begin knitting.
Cast on an even number for exp: 20 stitches
Step 1: The pattern is formed by alternating knit and purl stitches. Begin the row with a knit stitch and then a purl stitch – Make a knit stitch by placing the tip of the needle under the stitch on the left-hand needle from left to right
Step 2: Take the yarn under and around the needle and pull the yarn back through the stitch to form a new stitch on the right-hand needle. Slide the original stitch off the left-hand needle.
Step 3: Bring the yarn to the front of the work and slip the needle under the next stitch on the left-hand needle, from right to left to make a purl stitch.
Step 4: Take the yarn to the back of the work and make a knit stitch – continue in the pattern of K1, P1 until you reach the end of the row.
Because of the even number of stitches you will always begin with a Knit Stitch and end with a Purl Stitch!
Step 5: Continue to work rows repeating the K1, P1 pattern and you will be able to see the pattern of the row quite clearly as you work, as vertical columns of knit and purl stitches to form
BEGINNER’S STITCH GUIDE:
Single rib will often be referred to in a pattern as K1, P1 rib and the instructions will be as follows:
ROW 1: *K1, P1; repeat from, * until end
An instruction will then be given for the number of rows to knitted in this way, which will determine the length of the rib pattern.
Sometimes Single Rib will sometimes be knitted with smaller needles then what is used for the rest of a garment – this makes the elastic effect even greater.
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