And x ribbing

There's no reason to keep knit ribs and purl ribs the same number of stitches. You can work ribs in uneven combinations, such as 4 x 2, 2 x 4, and so on. Figure 5-8 shows a 4 x 2 ribbing.

To create 4 x 2 ribbing:

Cast on a multiple of 6 sts, plus 4 sts. (You can work this pattern over a multiple of 6 stitches, but it won't be symmetrical.)

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

If you turn this swatch over, you'll have a very different looking pattern — thin vertical stripes instead of thick ones.

4 x 4 ribbing

The 4 x 4 rib shown in Figure 5-9 gives you a vertical stripe pattern that pulls in very little. It's symmetrical in that it's a simple alternation of 4 knit stitches with 4 purl stitches.

To create 4 x 4 ribbing:

Cast on a multiple of 4 sts, plus 4 sts. Row 1: * K4, p4; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4. Row 2: * P4, k4; rep from * to last 4 sts, end p4. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

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