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How to Do a 1x1 Ribbing in the Round

Learn how to do a 1x1 ribbing in the round from circular knitting expert Jessica Kaufman in this Howcast video.


So I'm going to show you how to do One By One Ribbing in the Round. That means knit one, pearl one, knit one, pearl one.

Here's an example of what one by one ribbing looks like.

This is the bottom of my Arrowmont mitten pattern which is for sale on my website. And you can see that there's a long cuff of one by one ribbing, and then a short cuff at the top of the fingers, and just a round or two of one by one ribbing at the top of the thumb.

So one by one is great because it's super elastic and very, very forgiving. It's makes a really nice stretchy fabric that hugs into itself and almost makes it look like it's just the knit stitch.

A lot of people really like one by one ribbing for flat knitting projects like a scarf that they don't want to have a right side and a wrong side. So in one by one ribbing, the front looks just like the back.

And when we do it in circular knitting, the only thing that you need to make sure of that you have is that the total number of stitches is divisible by two, because knit one, pearl one is a two stitch repeat.

So here you can see that at the beginning of my round, here's my tail marking the beginning of my round, I started with knit one, pearl one, knit one, pearl one, knit one, pearl one.

And again, if you're learning how to read your knitting, you can see that your pearls like like a bump and the knits looks like a "v".

So I just finished a pearl. There's my bump. So the next one is a knit. I'm going to knit the stitch, move the yarn, and pearl the stitch, and move the yarn, knit the stitch, move the yarn, pearl the stitch, move the yarn.

And if you need any help on remembering the difference between knits and pearls or to make sure you're knitting them and pearling them correctly, you can see the other videos in our series where we break down the knit stitch and the pearl stitch.

So I'm going to keep on repeating knit one, move the yarn, pearl one, move the yarn. And as long as you don't forget to move that yarn between each stitch, then you'll have a wonderful ribbing that stacks up.

And because I know my total stitch number, which is 36 stitches, is divisible by two, this round should end with a pearl. Because knit one, pearl one is my pattern repeat. It's two stitches wide. Just one knit, one pearl, and that goes into 36 evenly.

That's the other good thing about knit one, pearl one is that your stitch number only has to be divisible by two.

So as long as its an even number, if you're knitting a sweater on 244 stitches, you know that you can do knit one, pearl one. If you're knitting a sock on 18 stitches, you know that you can do knit one, pearl one because those numbers are even and therefore divisible by two.

And here's my last stitch. Pearl one.

Now I'm back to the beginning again. You can see the knit stacked up. I'm going to put another knit right on top of it. And I can start seeing my cables come out. I'm going to pearl on top of that pearl.

This is what I like to call knit them as you see them. You now no longer have to say knit, pearl to yourself because if you see a knit, you knit it. If you see a pearl, you pearl it. And because there's no right side or wrong side, you can just keep going around and around until you've got enough ribbing.

So that's knit one, pearl one ribbing in the round.

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