If you are looking for a beautifully textured stitch pattern that is identical on both sides of the fabric, and doesn’t curl at the edges, cartridge belt rib is a good option to consider.
The fabric formed by this stitch pattern looks very much like the fabric formed by brioche stitch – same distinct ribs and luscious texture – but without yarn overs and knitting “into a stitch below”. These stitches often make brioche confusing, especially when we want to fix a mistake that happened a few rows or rounds earlier.
Cartridge belt rib has better structure than brioche. It holds its shape well, and that makes it perfect for scarves and blankets.
But the most attractive feature of this stitch pattern is the fact that it is built only by knits, purls and slipped stitches. No special skills required. Relaxed, mindless knitting for any crafter.
Let’s see how we can form this beautiful fabric when we work back and forth and in the round.
If you use this stitch pattern to make a seamless project, you will see that thanks to the slipped stitches, the fabric does not have any visible jog. The texture is even and looks the same along the whole circumference of the project.
It is a great bonus if you plan to add cartridge belt rib to a hat or a cowl, as I did when I designed Helsinki hat and collar.
If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:
“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book
Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.
“Neat Side Edges” Book
Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.
Dealing with Unfinished Projects
Dictionary of Knitting Symbols and Abbreviations – E-Book
Eastern (Russian) Knitting Simplified
How to Shape Neckline Without Binding Off Stitches – E-Book
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