Ribbing & The Sweater Workshop

Has anyone read The Sweater Workshop? It’s great so far. I want to knit some sweaters, and so I am learning. The only thing I’ve knitted so far is a scarf (Harry Potter / Ravenclaw - Scarf Pics) which went really well.

Anyway, I’m doing the Sampler she has in the book, and the stockinette and garter stitches went really well. Now I’m on to the ribbing, and it’s the first ribbing I"ve ever done.

I don’t have a picture, but my K1P1 ribbing is totally completely loose! It looks pretty poor. Unlike the book.

I’m using a 5mm circular with worsted weight wool yarn for my practice (tried some cheap yarn and kept splitting threads, wasn’t worth it). So maybe I need a smaller kneedle? It’s the same size as I used for the stockinetter and garter.

I was just wondering why my ribbing is so darn loose. I also did the K1bP1 ribbing, which looks really nice. And I’m trying K2P2 ribbing now, which looks just as loose as the K1P1 ribbing.

Hrmph. I’m not very good at Purling yet, my scarf was all knit stitching. :slight_smile:


I took a picture of my sampler… see how the K1P1 Ribbing is very loose?


Nice work. Aw…no worries about the loose ribbing. That all comes w/ tension & practice!! Knit’awn dudette!! :thumbsup:

Actually your k1p1 ribbing looks good. Your k2p2 looks like maybe you forgot to move the yarn back and forth at the appropriate time. That’s common when you start ribbing, but it doesn’t look like a tension problem from the pic.

Cool thanks for the input. :slight_smile: I’ll work with some different sized needles too and see how it goes.

I have another question… what on earth is a Chain Selvedge? I tried to follow the book to do it last night… and was completely lost. :stuck_out_tongue: I gotta learn more of these terms.

And what is a placket?

Chain Sleaveage? :thinking: Well, chain is a crochet term and one thing I can think of that looks kind of like a chain is slipping the first st of each row instead of working the st. I think that will make the edge look like a crochet chain …

:thinking: Any other takers please???

And … placket? :thinking: Webster’s Thoughts

Chain selvedge is when you slip the first stitch of every row purl-wise and knit the last stitch of every row.

Whoo-hoo! :cheering: me know how knit!