Single rib (1x1 OR K1-P1)
Knitting - Basic Techniques
Alternate knit-stitches and purl-stitches lengthwise. When working in rows, the wrong side shows the stitches are reversed. Single-rib fabric stretches widthwise, and because the edges are stable, it’s a very useful fabric for edges of garments. When working in single rib, cast on in pattern (the stitches are rib stitches from the beginning).
Single-rib cast-on—with 2 knit stitches at the right edge, and 1 knit stitch at the left edge
Using waste yarn and a crochet hook, chain the required number of stitches.
Change to main yarn, then insert a knitting needle into the back of the chain stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop.
|Continue as shown and pick up the second stitch from the edge, then every other stitch across.|
|Purl. When working the first stitch, place a marker on the yarn (see illustration). Purl as usual for stockinette stitch.|
|Knit (right-side facing)|
|With wrong-side facing, slip the first (edge) stitch to the right-hand needle, then insert the right-hand needle into the marked stitch (the yarn from the first row) and pull it up.|
|Slip the 2 stitches from step 5 back to the left-hand needle.|
|Purl the 2 stitches together.|
|With the right-hand needle, pick up and knit the first main yarn purl bump from Row 1.|
|Remove the marker. Purl the next stitch from the needle.|
|Pick up and knit the next purl bump from Row 1, as in step 8.|
|Repeat steps 9 and 10 across to the last stitch; move the last stitch to the right-hand needle (1). Use the left-hand needle to place the last purl bump from Row 1 onto the right-hand needle (2).|
|Slip the last stitch (1) and the purl bump (2) from the right-hand needle to the left-hand needle, and purl the 2 stitches together.|
|The cast-on is complete. Begin working from the symbol chart to work single rib. The cast-on stitches count as 2 rows. Shown right-side facing.|
|Remove the waste yarn after working 4 or 5 rows of single rib.|