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Topic: Having Trouble with Basic Rib Stitch  (Read 534 times)
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« on: August 05, 2007 09:01:42 PM »

I'm still pretty new to knitting.  I' m suppose to knit 1, purl 1 to the end of the row ending with the purl.  I've done that.  What are my next rows suppose to begin and end with?

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 09:14:58 PM »

It depends on the number of stitches you have... if it's an even number (20, 38, 52, etc) you start over again and k1, p1 on each row and you'll end with a purl. If it's an odd number (27, 45, 61...) then the 2nd row starts p1, k1, ending k1, and row 3 is k1, p1 again.

« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007 09:27:30 PM »

The other thing that really helps with ribbing is knowing how to read your stitches. With ribbing, you'll purl a stitch that shows as a purl and knit the ones that are knits.

Edge stitches are always hard to read, so go in 4 or 5 stitches and pick a stitch to look at. Pull the fabric down away from the needles and look at the yarn just under the stitch you've chosen. if there's a little bump that curves toward you, kinda like it's wrapped around the stitch from front left to back right, that's a purl. If you see a V shape right below the stitch, that's a knit stitch.

Find a few stitches that you recognize right next to each other so you can find your pattern, and then count back to the beginning of the row in pattern to figure out what your first stitch should be.
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