The "ribbon" may be worked in a contrasting color. For bes: results work Rows 7 through 13 inclusive in the contrasting color, breaking off the strands to change colors. This pattern prettiest when worked in fine yarn on small needles.
Any number of sts.
Row 1 (Wrong side) and all other wrong-side rows—Purl. Rows 2, 4, 6, 10, and 12—Knit.
Row 8—Knit into front and back of each st (thus doubling the number of sts). At the end of this row change to needles one size smaller.
Row 14—K2 tog across row. (Original number of sts restored. At the end of this row change back to original needles.
Repeat Rows 1-14.
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