Ribbing is a wonderful stitch pattern, but it has one significant drawback – the side edges of a fabric formed by any type of ribbing look like an unsightly mix of bumps and crooked stitches.
It is not a big issue when an edge is hidden in a seam, but it becomes quite an eyesore on scarves, blankets and other projects with visible side edges.
There are a number of ways to make the side edges of our projects neater (some of them are described in the “Neat Side Edges” book), but there is one method that looks remarkably well with ribbing.
It is a variation of the tubular edging method, and it forms a beautiful fully reversible frame for 1×1, 2×2, 3×3 and other types of ribbing.
Let’s see how this method works step by step.
Because we slip the first and the second last stitches of each row, the edging is not as stretchy as the ribbing pattern. It is elastic enough to let the ribbing stay relaxed, but it won’t let it stretch out as you start to wear this project.
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #7. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (282 pages!) with this and 37 other tutorials included in the collection.
You will also receive three e-books and one knitting pattern as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊
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
Knitting Collection #7