How to Knit a Tidy Rib Stitch

Rib stitch is made by alternating knit and purl stitches, usually knit 1 purl 1 (K1P1 or one-by-one rib) or knit two purl two (K2P2 or two-by-two rib). It makes a very stretchy fabric such as at the end of a pair of gloves, top of a pair of socks, edge of a hat, or neck of a sweater. However, it’s easy for rib stitch to look untidy. One trick is to knit your first purl stitch each time a little tight. Check out this video to see how it’s done:

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The following patterns all use rib stitch:

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