Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to Knit the 2x2 Rib Stitch


2x2 rib stitch is usually seen on items like cuffs, necks, bottoms of sweaters.  I've also seen this stitch used to make scarves.  It is a really easy stitch that is made up of combinations of knit and purl stitches.  The nice thing about this stitch is that it lies flat so it would make a great beginner pattern for a scarf.

The 2x2 rib stitch is is cast-on in multiples of 4 sts plus 2.  My swatch is a total of 18 sts (4 sets of 4 + 2 sts).


Knit 2 x 2 Rib Stitch

Abbreviations
co= cast-on
p= purl
k= knit
bo= bind-off
sts= stitches
*= repeat from * to end

For this swatch I US size 7 needles and Berroco Vintage yarn in Lavender.

CO 18 sts
For my swatch I cast-on 18 sts (4 sets of 4 + 2 sts)

Row 1: k2, *p2, k2; rep from* to end
Row 1: k2, *p2, k2; rep from* to end

Row 2: p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end
Row 2: p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end

Keep repeating rows 1 & 2 until you reach your desired length.  This swatch is 8 rows or 4 repeats.
Keep repeating rows 1 & 2 until desired length. The above example was 8 rows or 4 repeats.

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