Such as the 1×1 Rib stitch that we learned last week, the 2×2 Rib stitch forms vertical stripes: One column of knits (they look like a series of “v”’s), next to another column of purls (a vertical stripe of little bumps). It is reversible, as it always lies flat
To knit the 2×2 Ribbing, we have to alternate 2 knit stitches and 2 purl stitches every time (always knitting the knits and purling the purls), meaning, we knit what we see: when you see the bump, you purl; when you see the “v”, you knit. and to get the pattern in one row only, so that you can repeat it indefinitely, you must cast on multiples of four.
This is another elastic stitch (not as much as the 1×1 Rib), but still pretty convenient for knitting socks, cuffs, a close fitting sweater or cardigan, hats and also men’s scarves and cowls; the bigger the size of the needle and the thickness of the yarn, the less elasticity you will get.
The 2×2 Rib stitch is also very useful as a border, to avoid the typical curling of the Stockinette or Stocking stitch.
It is another great opportunity to start learning how to read your knitting: The difference between knits and purls and how to count rows.
How to knit the 2×2 Rib stitch
CO multiples of 4 (i.e.: 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24…).
Row 1: *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, and keep repeating this row until you reach the desired length.
For symmetry (if you want to start and finish with 2 knits or 2 purls), cast on multiples of four and add 2 more stitches. In that case, to get the pattern correctly, you need to knit 2 rows (always following the principle “you knit what you see”), and after the first row, you will knit the opposite of what you knit on the previous row, as follows:
Row 1: *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Row 2: *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
These 2 rows create the pattern, repeat them until the desired length is reached.
And that’s everything for today’s lesson.
Take your needles and start practicing while enjoying the video tutorial (explained in both: English and Continental styles).