A few weeks ago we discussed a stretchy cast on that is perfect for “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing. It is known as the “Italian cast on” or a “long tail tubular cast on”. The best part about this type of cast on is that it does not create a ridge. That makes it perfectly stretchy.
In addition to that, the stitches are cast on in a sequence of one knit and one purl stitches, so when we start working in a “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing pattern, the ribbing seems to grow from nowhere just like the ribbing you see on manufactured sweaters.
The only downside of this cast on is that it works great only with 1×1 ribbing. Though it is quite hard to adjust it to wide ribbing like 3×3, 4×4, 5×5 or more, there is a fairly easy way to make it work for a 2×2 ribbing.
If you are a visual learner, watch all the steps described below in a video tutorial.
The cast on itself is exactly the same as the cast on for 1×1 ribbing we’ve already discussed.
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Work two rows using “way #2” described here.
Now we are all set up for working in the “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing. But it’s not exactly what we want, right? We plan to work in the “knit 2, purl 2” ribbing, and in the next row, we’ll rearrange the stitches to build up a perfect 2×2 ribbing pattern.
3.1 Knit the first stitch.
3.2 Insert the tip of the right needle from left to right into the next two stitches as if you are going to knit them together, and slip them to the right needle. Watch how to do it.
3.3 Insert the tip of the left needle from left to right into the slipped stitches and return them back to the left needle. Watch how to do it.
3.4 Knit one stitch through the back loop. Watch how to do it.
3.5 Purl one stitch through the back loop. Watch how to do it.
3.6 Purl the next stitch normally (through the front loop).
Now repeat steps 3.1 through 3.6 till the end of the row to line up the rest of the stitches for working in the “knit 2, purl 2” ribbing. After you finish this row, work in the ribbing pattern.
No matter what kind of project you are making, the cast on edge will be stretchy and will look great 🙂
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