Is 2×2 rib tighter than 1×1?
This is important since sometimes a less stretchy rib is desirable, such as a border on a jacket or blanket or an allover pattern. However, while at first a 2×2 rib will appear tighter than a 1×1 rib, over time and with wear the softer rib will relax and lose some of its elasticity.
What is the difference between 1×1 rib and 2×2 rib?
As would be expected, as the needle size increased, the unstretched width increased. But just comparing unstretched widths, the 1×1 rib was over 1 cm wider than the 2×2 rib for all needle sizes. Here is the size 6 needle swatches for comparison with the 2×2 above and the 1×1 below.
What does knit 2 purl 2 mean?
That means that you will knit the first two stitches, then purl the next two stitches; then you will knit 2, then purl 2, again, and repeat the steps following the asterisk all across the row until the last two stitches which you will knit.
Why use smaller needles for ribbing?
This keeps the ribbing firm and makes it more elastic (for the most part there’s not a big difference in elasticity between the common forms of ribbing). Hiatt says “you can hardly use a needle too small” when knitting ribbing for a garment.