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Topic: Ribbing not working with number of stitches required in pattern... Advice please  (Read 1437 times)
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« on: June 30, 2015 06:55:50 AM »

So, I've had this same problem with two separate patterns now and just wondered how more experienced knitters handle it because I think there must be a better way...

These are both circular knit brim up hat patterns, that call for a cast on number of stiches that doesn't allow for the rib pattern it calls for; for example, it says cast on 70, then rib 2x2 (i.e. A 4 stitch repeat... But 70 doesn't divide by 4 so I end up with 1 double width rib at the back because my knits and purls don't match up). I hope you understand what I mean! Anyway, what would you do in that situation?

I've ended up casting on less stiches so that can follow the rib pattern seamlessly, which is fine except I then have the wrong number of stiches when it comes time to decrease at the top of the hat. So I've increased 2, snuck in just after the ribbing brim, and knitted the rest of the hat as directed. It seems to work ok, though it wouldn't on a more fitted hat because those snuck in increases could change the shape.

I could also use a different rib pattern (3x2 or something) for the brim I guess??

What do you guys think, what would you do??
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015 03:17:00 PM »

When you have a stitch number that isn't divisible by 4 for a 2x2 rib, you can handle it 2 different ways: either k2, p2 across and end with k2, or you can k3, then p2 k2 across, with the extra knit at the end of the row. If this is going to be seamed, then you can decide which would look better after it's sewn up.

The main thing though is that you can't do the 2nd row the same way. The back of a knit st is a purl, the back of a purl st is a knit. After you do the first row, you need to turn your work and look at how the stitches appear. You would knit the knits and purl the purls, so if the next st facing you on the needle looks like a purl st you would purl it, and if the next stitch appears as a knit, you knit it. Do this on every row after the first one and you don't have to keep track of it being a RS or WS row. This also works for knitting ribbing in the round.

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015 06:05:32 PM »

Thanks for your help :-) I'll bear that in mind next time I'm working on something flat - on circular projects there's no where to hide the uneven rib, for my money that's worse looking that just adjusting the cast on number I guess!
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2015 07:59:40 AM »

Knitting in the round when you have a number of stitches that won't divide by the rib pattern, dec or inc so that they'll fit. For a cast on, yes just CO the right number, then you may want to add or take away more at some point if the ribbing is not continued all the way up.
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