Knitting ribbing in the round using two color


I am trying out color work and knitting in the round both for the first time. I am on round three of what is supposed to be 1x1 ribbing (in alternating colors) and my rib looks like garter stitch-

What am I doing wrong?

I am attaching three photos: one of my work, the second is the chart and the third is what the ribbing is supposed to look like-

Trying not to be discouraged here…

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Welcome to the forum.

If 1x1 rib in the round looks like garter stitch, then you must have an odd number if stitches after your join.

What is the name of your pattern? The example hats look wonderful.


Yes, good to know the pattern name. Here’s a video for corrugated or 2-color ribbing in the round. It shows magic loop but the same technique works with dpns or whatever method you’re using.


The pattern is currently in the car with the work - I plan to take it to my local knitting store for more help tonight. Thank you to both OffJumpJack and salmonmac for your helpful information. It looks like I will have to rip out the three rounds I have already done if indeed I have an odd number of stitches. I cast on 126 and then joined, so it is possible (probable) that that is the problem. If so, I should cast on 127, right?

Why don’t they indicate that in the pattern?


For k1p1 ribbing knit in the round, 126sts will work and that’s what the pattern is asking for. Count your sts to see how many you actually cast on, just to check.


It turns out that I was actually knitting incorrectly; for my purl stitches, I was not placing the yarn in back after purling and then pulling it to the front when it was time to actually purl. Since this is the first time using two different yarns I was able to pull that dumb trick off.

So, I ripped the work out for the third time and am now on round 3 of a successful ribbing!

Also, I had cast on 126, but after joining I only had 125, so I guess you need to account for that. I wish the pattern writer would mention that little piece of information

Thank you, as always, for your help!


This is what it’s supposed to look like when it’s done.


Here’s a bigger picture