Ribbing is one of the most popular knitting stitch patterns. We use it to make all kinds of bands, necklines and cuffs. But sometimes we wish that ribbing wasn’t that stretchy, the texture was richer and the stitches were more uniform.
All these wishes come true in a stitch pattern that looks like a more refined version of the Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing. It is a fully reversible stitch that is moderately stretchy, is formed by neat lines of twisted stitches and has an amazingly rich puffy texture.
There is another benefit – when we work this stitch back and forth, there is no purling. The pattern is formed by knit stitches and yarn overs.
Let’s see how this beautiful alternative to 2×2 ribbing is knitted step by step.
When you are ready to move to a different stitch pattern or to bind off stitches, follow the instructions for the Finishing Row to get rid of the additional stitches while keeping the pattern consistent.
As you see, it is much easier to work this stitch pattern back and forth than to work it in the round. But if you want to give special treatment to your cuffs, seamless hats or headbands, the lovely puffy texture formed by this stitch pattern is definitely worth the effort. This stitch is a great alternative to the usual Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing.
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #5. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (336 pages!) with this and 46 other tutorials included in the collection.
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