What does "Rib 3" mean?

I am a new knitter and loving it. I am making a slouch cap and after 9 rows of K2 P2 rib, the 10th line instruction line says *Inc once in each of next 2 sts, rib 3, rep from * to last 3 sts, inc once in each of next 2 sts, rib 1." The inc I understand, but what is meant by “rib 3” and “rib 1”? Can someone please help?

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What pattern is it? Can you post a link or a pic of the line you’re asking about?

I’m not really sure, but it may mean to work 3 stitches according to the established ribbing pattern (knit the knits and purl the purls). Rib 1 would probably mean to work that stitch as it appears from the previous row.

A knit stitch will look like a V and a purl stitch will look like a horizontal line. So you would knit over the V stitches and purl over the line stitches to maintain the pattern.

Thanks so much, Metylda. I feel sure you are correct, and will follow your advise. It makes absolute sense, as nothing I could come up with did!

Let us know how it turns out. I’d love to see a pic of the final hat.

Will do, Metylda. But be careful what you wish for!

I’ve never liked the results when I do this. If I’m switching to stockinette or garter stitch I work my increases on the first row when I change pattern. If you’re continuing in rib that won’t work.

I followed the instructions, and according to the pattern, was supposed to have 82 stitches at the end of the increase row. I have 92! I hope it’s a misprint in the directions…

Welcome to the forum!
How many in your cast on for the rib? Which pattern is this?

Thank you! It’s a pattern on the back of the wrapper for Moda Vera wool for a slouch cap. There were 58 sts in the cast on. Then nine rows of rib, and then the 10th row as I described above.

*Inc once in each of next 2 sts, rib 3, rep from * to last 3 sts, inc once in each of next 2 sts, rib 1."
The repeat is the increase once in the next 2sts, rib 3. If you subtract the last 3 sts, that repeat is worked over 55sts of the 58 stitch cast on. Increase 2x for every 5sts or 22sts for 55sts.
For the last 3sts there are 2 more increases for a total of 24sts increased. 58 + 24= 82sts.

You may have put in extra increases somewhere on the row and that may make the hat too big or may not work with the pattern stitch in the main body. An increase like knit front and back (kfb) or knit right loop (KRL) will work here.


Yes, you are absolutely right. It’s clear that there is something wrong
with my increasing technique. I will have to tink it and try again. I
presume that I have to follow the pattern as I increase or rib? In other
words, I increased a plain stitch in a plain fashion, a purl stitch in a
purl fashion, and likewise with the ribbing - purling a purl stitch, and so
on? Thank you so much for your help.

Yes, that’s the idea, increase knitwise or purlwise depending on the stitch or else use something generic like a kfb for the increase…

Thank you so much - you are being very kind and patient to a rookie!

I am a little confused, though. What’s the difference between a kfb
increase and what I am doing? I thought that was the only way to

Thank you! That is very kind of you, and most helpful.

Your welcome

Hi joyful,
I have the same pattern and an absolute beginner. Can you break this 10th row for me please, or anyone else.

Welcome to KH!
“after 9 rows of K2 P2 rib, the 10th line instruction line says *Inc once in each of next 2 sts, rib 3, rep from * to last 3 sts, inc once in each of next 2 sts, rib 1.”

It depends on the increase you’re gong to do but for a knit front and back increase (kfb) and assuming you’re starting with a K2 this would be *Kfb, Kfb, P2, K1 then the first repeat is Kfb, Pfb, P1, K2 and so on to the last 3sts. The final increase depends on how many sts you have and whether they are knit or purl sts.

The easiest way to do this is to work the 2 increases and then work 3 sts as either knits or purls, depending on the columns of ribbing you’ve already knit. Don’t worry about writing it out. It’s a way of reading your knitting.

Thank you so much! I did it and ended with 82 stitches!!! Love this knitting adventure :sparkling_heart: