Rib Stitch

On the beginning of a sock,hat, or anything else that begins with rib stitch (2x2 in particular) the first few rows are really huge. The little v’s are much bigger and point in different directions. I was wandering if anyone knew why or how to fix it. If there is a solution id be very pleased.

         -Only Cool Boys Knit

It takes several rows for ribbing to really look like ribbing and pull together. Check the video here at KH…
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php

for ribbing on straight needles, is it k1 p1 on all rows or do you alternate k1 p1 and p1 k1?
i was dong ribbing as k2 p2 on all rows (so row1 k2 p2 row2 k2 p2 row3 k2 p2 and so on) and it just didnt look right.
im i supposed to alternate for the right side and wrong side? :??

It depends on how many you’ve cast on. The easiest way to remember is knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. They are opposite on the wrong side so that means a knit stitch is a purl on the back side. So to that end… learn what the stitches look like and you won’t have to think about it ever again. :wink: