Once you've used the knit cable rib in your garments, it will surely become a family favorite.
And don't let the term - cable discourage you. You won't need a cable needle to achieve the cable effect.
You are going to be using only knit and purl stitches in the pattern, with a slight twist. Just one extra technique to master and you are good to go!
If you can read it, you can make it.
KNIT cable rib
WHY A RIBBING?
- It is stretchy
- Does not curl up
- Ensures a snug fit
- Often reversible (not this one though)
- Gives form to your finished item
what you'll be using
- Knitting Needles (I used 4mm, 6US, 8UK)
- Elle Double Knit (DK) yarn / Light worsted yarn
For a snug fit, ribbing is usually worked with needles a size or two smaller than those used for your garment body.
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Cross 2 RK - cross 2 stitches to the right
K - knit
P - purl
rep - repeat
st - stitch
more about ribbings
The pattern is knit over 4 rows.
The knit cable rib is a 2 x 2 ribbing, better explained as:
1 x 1 rib is knit using k1, p1 in the uneven rows and p1, k1 in the even rows.
2 x 2 rib is knit in the same way, k2, p2 in the uneven rows and p2, k2 in the even rows.
Explaining Cross 2RK:
Cross 2RK is the abbreviation for: cross 2 stitches to the right.
Knit cross 2RK as follows:
The process is the almost the same as knitting 2 stitches together:
Insert the right needle into the second stitch on the left needle, and knit the second stitch - without dropping the second or first stitch.
Then, knit the first stitch as well, and drop both stitches.
In other words, you are still knitting 2 stitches, just in another order as usual. It is not an increase or decrease method, only to get the cable-twisted effect.
And that's it!
It helps if your knitting is a bit loser when you're knitting the cross knit stitches.
the pattern - knit cable rib STITCH
MULTIPLES OF 4 + 2
Cast on multiples of 4 stitches + 2 - my sample shown is worked over 30 stitches.
1st Row: P2 *K2, P2; rep from * end;
2nd Row: K2 *P2, K2; rep from * to end;
3rd Row: P2 *Cross 2 RK, P2; rep from * end;
4th Row: K2 *P2, K2; rep from * to end;
Repeat the pattern (these 4 rows) until your work is the desired length.
where to use the cable rib
- Hat brims
- Wearable items
- Home articles
Check out more Knitting stitches:
How to knit:
- Chevron Seed (Moss) Stitch
- Simple Seed Stitch
- Moss Lace Diamond stitch
- Stocking stitch ridge
- Moss Stitch Panes
- Embossed check stitch
- Moss stitch zig-zag
- Twisted moss stitch
- Double moss stitch
- Moss rib
- Garter stitch ridges
- Moss stitch
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