Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
CadMax
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Confused on Ribbing Stitch Instructions
I am starting on a sweater pattern - however, my knowledge of knitting is VERY LOW. The guage says to cast on 25 stitches and then to complete 28 rows with P 3, K 1 ribbing.

I am confused because the stitches ate a multiple of 4 plus 1 and
I also don't know if this means every row should be P 3, K 1 or if I should alternate between that and K 3, P 1. A site mentions a slip stitch, but does that mean slip as if to knit or as if to purl.

Any help most appreciated! Happy Holidays!!
CadMax is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 12-23-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
GrumpyGramma
Grafting the Toe
 
GrumpyGramma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7,527
Thanks: 1,953
Thanked 3,085 Times in 2,596 Posts
Just to be clear, it says for the gauge swatch you should cast on 25 sts?
The ribbing pattern would be: row 1: p3, k1; row 2 knit the knits and purl the purls (as they appear on this side).
Do the instructions tell you to slip a stitch?
Can you link to your pattern, that is generally quite helpful.
__________________
~ GG

Happiness is catching that dropped stitch while it's still fixable..

GrumpyGramma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 12:15 AM   #3
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,184
Thanks: 1,656
Thanked 8,750 Times in 7,120 Posts
Always include the pattern name and a link if its possible. Every pattern is a little different and there are probably thousands of them.
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 12:21 AM   #4
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,451 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
You need to use more stitches for a swatch anyway. Since the stitch repeat is 4 sts, CO 32 stitches, then measure across 25 sts without including the edge stitches. When you slip the first stitch, it's slipped purlwise, but isn't always necessary on the edges.
__________________
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 06:30 AM   #5
salmonmac
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 8,394
Thanks: 617
Thanked 3,376 Times in 3,059 Posts
Yes, more stitches in the swatch allows you to measure over the center 25sts and gives you a more accurate measure of gauge.
Your second suggestion is right. You'll be alternating between p3k1 and k3p1 rows to give the rib pattern. Or as GG suggests, knit the Vs and purl the bumps and you'll have ribbing.
salmonmac is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 02:36 PM   #6
mojo11
Knitting the Flap
 
mojo11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 456
Thanks: 22
Thanked 55 Times in 49 Posts
Just to be clear, you'll reverse the pattern of knits and purls on the alternate rows if you're knitting the piece flat (not in the round). I assume you are, but that's an important distinction to make.

As I understand it, when you slip a stitch it's always slipped as if to purl unless it's part of a decrease or the pattern specifically says to slip it as if to knit. There may (probably ARE) exceptions to the exceptions to the rule too. I'm not aware of any purlwise decreases that involve slipped stitches, but there are a LOT of things I'm unaware of. There are far more experienced folks here to answer that question. But chances are that if you encounter something like that in a pattern, it will be sufficiently unusual that the pattern writer will give instructions on it.
mojo11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
CadMax
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanks for the Help
Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Just to be clear, it says for the gauge swatch you should cast on 25 sts?
The ribbing pattern would be: row 1: p3, k1; row 2 knit the knits and purl the purls (as they appear on this side).
Do the instructions tell you to slip a stitch?
Can you link to your pattern, that is generally quite helpful.
This pattern comes from Simply Beautiful Knitting, a 2-ring binder. Though the book is mentioned on several sites, I can't find a link to the pattern. Under Guage, it just says

25 sts and 28 rows to 4" on No. 6 needles over p 3, k 1 ribbing

Appreciate your advice on the need to alternate - maybe I am making too much of the extra stitch
CadMax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 03:50 PM   #8
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,451 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
Yes, the 'extra stitch' probably won't be there for the cast on. It just so happens that the 4" gauge for this pattern was achieved over 25 sts, rather than 24 or 26, or 22. A gauge swatch should always be done with several more sts than given for 4" in order to be more accurate.
__________________
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 05:11 PM   #9
CadMax
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Yes, the 'extra stitch' probably won't be there for the cast on. It just so happens that the 4" gauge for this pattern was achieved over 25 sts, rather than 24 or 26, or 22. A gauge swatch should always be done with several more sts than given for 4" in order to be more accurate.
Thanks very much - I will try and tackle the pattern - I'm sure you'll be hearing from me given my lack of know=how in this area. Appreciate the advice.
CadMax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 05:36 PM   #10
salmonmac
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 8,394
Thanks: 617
Thanked 3,376 Times in 3,059 Posts
You'll know right away that you've got it when you see the rib pattern. You'll want the knit stitch to stack up over the other knit stitch and the purl sts to stack up in a column over the other purls.
salmonmac is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DPN instructions - confused! jenrite How-to Questions 3 09-20-2011 07:25 PM
Confused with instructions BohemianJ How-to Questions 2 06-03-2010 02:01 PM
Confused by instructions - SSK/SSP MLML How-to Questions 5 05-21-2009 02:32 PM
confused with instructions almostvivian How-to Questions 1 01-14-2009 10:38 AM
Help! Confused Instructions! est How-to Questions 19 02-14-2008 11:42 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:42 AM.