What does Rib mean? Hmmmm

Hi There. I am working on a baby sweater, and almost done but really stuck on a line of instructions…(doesn’t that figure?:wink: )

BUTTONHOLE ROW: (wrong side) Rib 2, rib 2 tog, yo, rib12 4 times,
k2 tog, yo, p2.
Work 2 rows more in rib.
Bind off in rib.

Yipes! I don’t know what rib means…or how to do it. So i would love if someone could spell out for me exactly step by step what to do for this one…
Many thanks in advance. Can’t wait to get this sweater on my new born nephew.

Ribbing is just series of knits and purls in various combinations. The most common are probably k1p1 (knit one purl one) or k2p2. It’s often used as an edging on sweaters and sometimes it’s used in shaping because of it’s tendency to “pull in”.

So in this case it’s telling you you’ll be doing a k2p2 ribbing, but you’re adding buttonholes by doing YO (yarn overs).

Thank you so much! Very helpful.

One last question would be, will i literally be doing the following?
K2, P2, K2tog, P2tog, yo, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2tog, yo, p2???

Rib = ribbing
mean you knit 1, purl 1
on the next row knit what is for knit, and purl what its for purl
hope thats help

To rib X is to make that many [B]stitches[/B] in the rib stitch, not that many ribs. So you would do 2 sts in your ribbing pattern, knit or purl the next 2 sts, YO, do 12 sts in ribbing and repeat 4 times.