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mtmom22 08-24-2010 05:25 PM

Ribbing question
I'm working on a baby sweater and my ribbing rows (k1, p1) do not look right. Does it make a difference if you have an odd or even number of stitches? My pattern has an odd number of stitches so each row would start and end with a knit stitch.

Any information would be appreciated! Thanks!

MerigoldinWA 08-24-2010 05:36 PM

Investigate the first sticky thread on the How-to folder main page. It is called knit the knits and purl the purls or something of the sort.

It matters if you have an odd or even number if you are depending on counting for getting your ribbing to turn out, but there is a much better way to do it. Once you learn that ribbing will be easy.

Gingerella72 08-24-2010 06:03 PM

I just learned this the hard way, as I'm working on ribbing too (for the first time).

My project has an odd number of stitches, 65. So my first row ends with a knit stitch. But the second row does not start with a knit start with purl. This is because the last row ended with a knit, and you just keep on going in pattern (k1, p1) even at the end of the row. Kind of like writing a sentence and moving down to the next line.

Plus, as Merigold said, learn the whole "knit the knits and purl the purls" thing, it will make much more sense! So because the last row ended with a knit, when you turn it over, that stitch now looks like a purl, and you purl the purls.

mtmom22 08-25-2010 09:29 AM

Thank you so much for the it makes perfect sense about continuing the pattern!

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