I’m just starting a mitten pattern and the directions for the ribbing on the cuff say to do “k2tbl, p2” for all stitches around. My understanding is that k2tbl is a decrease, so how does this create ribbing? Wouldn’t the number of stitches just keep decreasing? Thanks! Btw, there’s no legend as all the rest of the stitches in the pattern are just knit.

I think it means to knit through the back loop of each knit stitch, so it would be k1 tbl, k1 tbl, p2. Is it a k2 p2 (2x2) rib that you’re supposed to end up with? Can you link to the pattern?

GrumpyGramma is right you are making ribbing. It will be twisted stitch ribbing which is little different than regular ribbing. I think it doesn’t stretch quite as much and has a slightly different look.

Thanks, Marigold. I knew it makes a tighter rib because of the twisted sts. On the mitten video tutorial I used, that’s how she does the ribbing and doesn’t use smaller needles to keep the ribbing from being too loose. I think the instructions in the OP’s pattern aren’t terribly clear.

K2[I]tog[/I]tbl is a decrease, but k2tbl just means to knit 2 sts tbl separately.

Thank you! I looked it up in several places online but couldn’t really find anything definitive. That makes much more sense!

For me it was a case of, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” It looked like a decrease at first but you didn’t need a decrease, therefore it had to mean ktbl one stitch at a time. Also, having learned to do ribbing this way, it made it clearer. I’m just glad we help you out.