knitting rib stitches

Knitting Rib Stitches Are More than Knit 1, Purl 2

When we think of knitting knit 1, purl 2 is a common thing that goes through many people’s minds. This ribbed pattern is great for cuffs and sweaters. However, there is so much more than that when it comes to knitting rib stitches and patterns .

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Still a lot of patterns especially knit clothing have rib cuffs ribbed hats. Most are simple Knit 1, purl 1 or Knit 2, purl 2 and the reason for ribbing is to create stretch and to hug the body. There is much more to rib stitches to explore. This month with the 52-Week Sampler Afghan knit-along we will be knitting different types of rib stitch patterns.

Garter Rib Knit Swatch

Garter Rib Stitch

Starting with the Garter Rib Stitch this is a simple stitch I like it for dishcloths with the ribbed side on the right side and bumps on the wrong side.

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Garter Rib Stitch (wrong side)

For some more garter rib patterns here’s a few to try. Starting with this simple Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower Yarn. This is a nice straight forward easy to knit blanket.

garter rib baby blanket

Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower Yarn

Socks are great to knit this time of year. Small projects and they really help with learning new techniques. So I thought these Garter Rib Sport Socks would be nice.

garter rib socks

Garter Rib Socks by Sophie Bayard

It’s not exactly hat season but it’s always a good time to knit hats for those colder days. Here’s a Garter Rib Beanie by Edie Eckman for you to practice the garter rib stitch.

garter rib hat

Garter Rib Beanie By Edie Eckman

Knitting Rib Stitches we will be working with this month are the garter, farrow, ridged, double garter, and undulated rib stitch. I believe this will help to grow your knitting repertoire and give you many more choices with future knit projects.

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I challenge you to find patterns with ordinary k1, p1 ribbing and try knitting rib stitches with one of these rib patterns. Shake it up a little try something new and see how you like it.

Happy Knitting!

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