When it comes to knitting ribbing patterns, there’s hundreds of stitch patterns to choose from. You can combine a seemingly endless combination of knits and purls to create a stretchy fabric, perfect for hats, socks, cuffs, collars, and more! What’s really fun to play around with is decorative ribbing stitch patterns. You can add a little pizzazz to your knitting while also getting the functionality of a knitted, ribbed fabric. In this video, knitting designer Jen Lucas demonstrates how to work one of her favorite decorative ribbing patterns – the eyelet rib.
To begin, Jen has cast on a multiple of 6 plus 2 stitches onto the needle. For example, 20 sts can be used to knit a small swatch – 6 x 3 = 18; 18 + 2 = 20 sts. She works one set-up row on the Wrong Side of the swatch, and then begins the four-row repeat of the Eyelet Rib Stitch Pattern.
Row 1 (RS): *P2, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 2 (WS): *K2, p4; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: *P2, k2tog, yo twice, ssk; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 4: *K2, p2, k1, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep Rows 1 – 4 for pattern.
Jen notes that it’s important to work one purl stitch and one knit stitch into the double yarn over. If you try to work two purl stitches or two knit stitches, you’ll end up with one big, loopy stitch, instead of two separate stitches.
What decorative ribbing patterns do you love?