4x4 Ribbing? I'm Lost

Q: What is 4x4 ribbing?

Okay, so I’m not that bad at knitting. I can knit a scarf. Oh, okay, I don’t know how to cast off. But, as they say, one challenge at a time. Or something like that.

Anyways, the pattern - a cowl, by the way - calls for 4x4 ribbing. I know what ribbing is… Though I’ve never done it before. But what does the 4x4 part mean?

Thanks a ton!

1x1 ribbing: k1, p1, repeat as needed.

2x2 ribbing: k2, p2, repeat as needed.

4x4 ribbing: k4, p4, repeat as needed.

That’s all. It’s just a short-hand way of referring to it. :slight_smile:


That how many knit and purl sts in it. To add to what dogcatmom said, there’s also 3x3 or even 2x1 or 3x1 or 3x2 - as seen from the RS. The first number refers the the knit sts.