Cast on an odd number of stitches.
1 With the yarn at the back of the work, knit the first stitch.
2 Bring the yarn to the front of the work between the needles and purl the next stitch.
3 Take the yarn to the back of the work, and knit the next stitch.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to the end of the row. On the return row knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
Double rib (k2, p2) is worked the same, but cast on a multiple of four stitches plus two stitches and knit or purl two stitches each time.
The number of stitches in a rib fabric can be even, for example knit 1, purl 1 (kl, pi), knit 2, purl 2 (k2, p2), knit 3, purl 3 (k3, p3) or it can be uneven, for example knit 2, purl 3 (k2, p3), knit 2, purl 4 (k2, p4). Work a few samples of rib in different combinations to see the elastic effect of ribbing.
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