2x2 Rib Knitting Stitch Pattern

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Apart from the 1x1 rib knitting stitch, another rib stitch pattern that is fairly common and relatively easy to do is the 2x2 rib knitting stitch pattern.  The 2x2 rib is not as elastice or stretchy as the 1x1 rib but is a nice looking rib pattern.

2x2 Ribbing Knitting Stitch Pattern2x2 Ribbing | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally

Rib is usually knitted on smaller needles that the main body of your garment and at the cuff on your sleeves and creates a stretchy band that fits more snuggly that the rest of the garment.  Ribbing is a combination of knit and purl stitches and if you want an almost hidden cast on edge you can cast on ribwise instead of all knit cast on stitches.

Basically to create a rib  you alternate  between knit and purl stitches to form columns of stitches, the only real difference between a 1x1 and a 2x2 rib is that you alternate after each pair of stitches instead of single stitches. 

This is going to be a bit confusing, but there are two ways of looking at it. 

The first way is factually correct in that if you knit a particular stitch on one row, you also purl it in the next row and all purl stitches on the first row are knit stitches on the next row.   But it can be a little bit difficult to get your head around because each stitch looks different when switching from one side of your knitting to looking at the same stitch on the other side.  A purl stitch on the wrong side looks like a knit stitch on the right side.

The other way to visualise a rib stitch is that if the stitch below the next one you work looks like a knit stitch, you knit the next stitch and if it looks like a purl stitch, you should purl the next stitch.

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Instructions for 2x2 Rib Knitting Stitch Pattern

The instructions for 2 x 2 Rib can be knitted over a multiple of 4 or a multiple of 4 plus 2 stitches and the instructions will vary accordingly .  To knit a 2x2 rib over an odd multiple of 4:

1st row: *P1, k2,p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
2nd row: *K1, p2, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k1.

Repeat these two rows until your ribbing is the desired length.

If you wish to knit your 2x2 rib over a multiple of 4 plus 2, you need to adjust the knitting instructions slightly:

1st row: *K2, p2,k2; rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: *P1, k1, p2; rep from * to end of row.

Repeat these two rows until your ribbing is the desired length.

2x2 Rib Knitting Stitch Pattern2x2 Ribbing | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally

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