What is a rib stitch?
Rib stitch is a textured vertical stripe stitch pattern and is created by alternating knit and purl stitches in the same row, then knitting the same stitch in the next row. This forms columns of knit and purl stitches, and is often used for cuffs or brims.
What does rib knitting look like?
The rib stitch consists of columns of knit stitches alternating with columns of purl stitches. To make a ribbed pattern, you change from knit stitches to purl stitches within a row — instead of alternating knit rows with purl rows (as you do when making horizontal stripes).
How do you get even ribbing?
Yet another way to make a neater ribbing is to knit all the knit stitches as normal, in the front leg. But twist the first purl stitch, that means to purl through the back leg of the stitch and wrap the yarn clockwise. This method is suggested for knitting rib in the round by Suzie Sparkles.
Is rib knit stretchy?
Ribbed knit fabrics are also stretchy and have a elasticity to them which allows them to stretch without distorting their shape. The ribbed effect makes the fabric feel a little thicker – and you most often see them in articles like scarves, sweaters, socks and form fitting shirts.