Ribbing started with tubular stitch

How Read Knitting Patterns

With yarn yam-over stitch added on Ist row.

6 3rd and 4th rows: Work across, each stitch slipped on previous row and slipping as if to purl each stitch worked on previous row.

5th row: Now work as usual in kI, pi ribbing; continue in ribbing until piece is desired length. At the end of knitting, remove colored yarn.

Tubular Stitch

Cast on with contrasting color yarn and work first three rows as for tubular stitch 1. Then establish k2. p2 ribbing by working across all the stitches as follows: Skip first stitch, * knit (k) next k stitch and leave it on needle, skip 1 and k next stitch, leaving them on needle, bring yarn forward and purl first skipped stitch, dropping it and first k stitch from left needle, now purl 2nd skipped stitch and drop it and 2nd k stitch from left needle (k2. p2 worked), skip next stitch; repeat from * across row.

K2, P2 Ribbing

Using tubular knitting in this way to start ribbing gives the ribbing an attractive and stable beginning edge. It gives kl, pi and k2, p2 ribbing the desired elasticity as well as the stability.

Tubular knitting is also useful when you want to start a stockinette stitch piece without forming an edge. The tubular stitch will prevent the edge from rolling up.

There are twb ways to cast on the stitches for the tubular stitch: with a contrasting color yarn, as shown, or with the same yarn you will knit. Both work well.

The first time you try tubular stitch, you may find it difficult, especially the first few rows. Practice until you are familiar with the

technique. Do not get discouraged, for once you learn it, this stitch is very easy, and it is a technique worth knowing.

If you are using tubular stitch as the front edge on a cardigan and wish to continue knitting in stockinette stitch, use twice as many stitches. When the tubular stitch is removed from needles, it separates into two layers: the front knit side and the back purl side, as it faces you (see illustration).

You can get the opposite result (purl front and knit interior) if you work 2nd and 3rd rows as follows: 2nd row: Purl stitches that will face outward: slip alternating stitches (that will face inward) without knitting them, holding yarn in front of work.

3rd row: Purl slipped stitches from previous row and with yarn in front, slip stitches that were worked on the previous row without working them. Once the double-knitted cardigan edge is completed, decrease the extra stitches by working 2 stitches together as one, and continue working in single layer as usual.


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