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knitting help. Rib?

(23 Posts)
tribpot Tue 30-Apr-13 18:18:37
Flojobunny Tue 30-Apr-13 18:05:06

Mattress stitch confused haven't come across that!
Just had to invest in 4 stitch holders for this pattern, no idea what I'm going to do when I get to the end!

tribpot Tue 30-Apr-13 13:22:49

I would venture that mattress stitch is easier if the two edge stitches being joined are knitted not slipped.

Dutchoma Tue 30-Apr-13 09:49:59

Well, it's very important grin

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 30-Apr-13 08:25:47

Loving that the two stitches of knitting can apart such controversy! grin it's like The Doghouse in here! grin

Dutchoma Tue 30-Apr-13 07:22:43

On the contrary, slipping the first stitch gives a much clearer edge for picking up stitches and seaming. What you need to remember is that every loop represents two stitches, so you need to pick up front and back looop.

Slipping the first st is fine if the edge will be seen, but no good if you need to pick up stitches for a border or seam it later.

Molehillmountain Mon 29-Apr-13 22:51:45

My mum slips the first stitch of every row as she says it makes for a neat edge.

Flojobunny Mon 29-Apr-13 20:42:24

Ah, why doesn't every pattern say that!

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tribpot Mon 29-Apr-13 19:51:16

The incomparable Emma King from Rowan advises always knitting the first and last stitch of each row, for the reason Saggy gives.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 29-Apr-13 19:38:24

Ive heard that too. I imagine it is so that you have a nice even row of knit stitches to sew into when making up.

Flojobunny Mon 29-Apr-13 18:51:37

Well the last jumper I did ended in K2 and started next row with P2 and vice versa so I think I'll do that. Thankyou for all your advice.

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Dutchoma Mon 29-Apr-13 17:24:02

That would make for a very uneven edge. If you want to do anything I would slip the first stitch as it presents, so in this case slip 1 knitwise on the first row and slip 1 purlwise on the second.
I have never heard of always knitting the first stitch of any row.

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Dutchoma Mon 29-Apr-13 16:20:56

No, it doesn't depend on the number of stitches you have. If it ends K2 then you start with P2.

ouryve Mon 29-Apr-13 16:19:01

Easiest thing to remember with rib is to knit into the Vs and purl into the bumps, as they present to you.

Dutchoma Mon 29-Apr-13 16:16:09

If you end with k2 then you start the next row with P2. If you end with P2, then you begin with K2.

Flojobunny Mon 29-Apr-13 16:14:51

It def starts with the first row being K2, P2 ending the row with K2. The last jumper I knit then started the next row with P2, K2 but presumably it depends how many stitches you have?

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Flojobunny Mon 29-Apr-13 15:57:16

If I rib 2x2 with 110 stitches on needles and first row I K2, P2 and so on.
Would the next row be a repeat or do I start with P2?

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