Monday, June 6, 2011

Ribbed Knitting

For beginning knitters, the first two things to master (besides cast on/cast off) are Knit and Purl. You can knit one row, purl the next row in order to get a straight, uncurling weave, or you can knit one row, knit the next row for a stretchy knitted fabric that curls in on itself.

Or you can do stockinette stitch, rotating knits and purls across the row, and this gives you a fabric that bunches in on itself, like the cuff of a sleeve or sock, making it thicker but stretchier.

Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 2, Purl 2... to the end, finishing with Knit 2
Flip it over and start the next row
Purl 2, Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 2... to the end, finishing with Purl 2

I decided to make a purple scarf using this stitch. It's going to be really thick and cozy.

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