In this tutorial, I’m sharing a variant of the Mock English Rib which is one of my favorites (two weeks ago we practiced a similar two-row repeat pattern, dedicated to all those knitters that don’t love to purl).
Why am I a fan of this version?
First of all, because of its amazing texture, formed by the combination of knits and purls only; there is no need for slipping stitches.
This pattern creates embossed columns, crispy and gorgeous vertical lines.
Secondly, this variant of the Mock English Rib is pretty easy to knit, perfect for beginners:
When you try it, you’ll see that it’s basically a 2 x 2 rib, in two rows.
Also, it’s not only reversible but identical on both sides.
So it works for scarves and blankies, and also, for the cuffs of socks, gloves, the brim of a hat, and the ribbing of cardigans and sweaters.
Finally, it doesn’t curl, so you don’t need to add an edge if you don’t want to.
Ok, grab your needles + yarn, and let’s swatch!
CO: Cast on
RS: Right side of the work
BO: Bind off
How to knit the Mock English Rib
CO multiples of 4 + 1 + 2 (edge st); i.e.: 4 * 4 = 16 + 1 = 17 + 2 = 19 st.
1º row (RS): K1, *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K2.
2º row: K1, P1, *P1, K2, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1.
These two rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.
When finished, BO working on each stitch as it presents (no matter the side).
This is the other side of the work:
In this demonstration, I explain how to do it in both, English and Continental style:
I hope you like it!
Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂
Carolina – So Woolly
PS: Do you want to knit a scarf (even a throw, wrap, or cowl), but you aren’t sure of how many stitches to cast on, the measurements, and how much yarn will be needed?
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