Rib2tog question please

Hi-I read a post about rib2tog but my situation is a little bit different than what was asked, I’m hoping someone can help with my confusion. I’ve even tried charting it out and can’t seem to make it turn out right. I’m making the largest size, so I’ll write it out just as it says.

I’ve casted on 54 stitches and have been doing 2x2 rib for 2". The next step in the pattern reads as follows.

Rib 6 (4:4:6), rib2tog, (rib 2, rib2tog) 8 (10:10:10) times, rib 6 (4:4:6) 37 (39:39:43) sts.

No matter how I chart it, I always end up with an even 44 stitches instead of 43. Please advise, thank you :wink:

Adding up the numbers it works -
rib 6, rib2tog - 7 sts
(rib 2, rib 2tog) 10 times - 30 sts
rib 6 - 6 sts

7+30+6= 43

Ok, I was counting still 2 sts. In the rib-just count 1 stitch alternating in 1x1 rib instead of 2x2 continuation?
Then I missed the first rib2tog, so that’s a stitch, but how do you get 30 stitches out of rib2tog 10 times? Then 1x1 rib at the end for
6 sts?

Thanks for the quick reply, I’m new to knitting, this is my first decrease in a pattern.

Okrib 1x1 for 6 sts. =6
Rib2tog=1. 7

Here it is-----
Rib2=2 then rib2tog=1====(3) 10 times=30!!! I got it!!!
Then1x16 times :woohoo:

Yes, ‘rib 6’ means work 6 sts in the rib pattern, not 6 ribs. Then you got that the repeat is rib 2, rib 2tog, which leaves you with 3 sts.

I don’t think you are supposed to change to 1X1 ribbing, just keep in the 2X2 and work over the number of stitches it gives, not the number of ribs. So rib 6 is 6 stitches. When it says to rib 2tog, work them as knits or purls, whatever the next thing should be.

Ok-so don’t go to 1x1 rib for six sts.?

2x2 for six stitches, just 3 ribs, then rib2tog-7 stitches.
Then rib2, rib2tog (3sts) 10 times= 30
rib6-using 2x2=6


2x2 rib continuation rather than 1x1 rib 6 is this the plan?

Exactly! When you do the 10 repeats of (rib 2, rib 2tog) those 10 times (and the other rib 2tog as well) you will be reducing either all the purl 2 ribs to purl 1’s or all the k2 ribs to knit 1’s. Probably the 2 purls will be worked together to become p1’s.

So you end up with k2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2, k2. For the grand total of 43 stitches.

Or if the row began with p2, the purls would all be knits and the knits would all be purls, but I’m betting the first 2 stitches of the row will be knits.

Thank You Both So Much-it’s a great thing to know there are people out there who care enough about this to assist the newbies, I love those lightbulb moments and it wouldn’t have happened without you. :grphug:

I’m glad we could help. You’re very welcome. :hug: