What does rib mean in knitting?
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 is the purl stitch?
: a knitting stitch usually made with the yarn at the front of the work by inserting the right needle into the front of a loop on the left needle from the right, catching the yarn with the right needle, and bringing it through to form a new loop — compare knit stitch.
Is 1×1 rib tighter than 2×2?
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.
How do you knit a rib 2×2?
To create 2 x 2 ribbing, cast on a multiple of 4 stitches. Next, work every row: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row. Repeat this row for the length of your piece. If you want your piece to begin and end on 2 knit stitches, add 2 to the multiple that you cast on at the beginning.