I love the architecture of rib stitches - the way they catch the light and the subtleties of shading in the patterning. It is an added bonus that most of them are reversible, too.
Rib fabrics also have such a fluidity to them, bending and stretching and then (usually!) returning to their resting state afterwards. They are just naturally elastic and are perfect for warm autumnal wear as they gently hug the torso and trap the air inside.
The photo above shows the rib for the sweater that I am working on right now, also pictured in last week's blogpost. This is a sweater I am making for my husband and is worked in a wonderfully soft wool/alpaca/angora mix yarn, "Fresco" from Classic Elite.
The rib I am using is called Half-Twisted Rib, which has always been one of my favourite stitches ever since I "invented" it when I was about 13! Well you do invent things at that age, don't you...
I had been working a sweater with twisted stitches on both sides and then realised that I preferred it if I only twisted the stitches on the right side. It was, for a start, much easier to knit and also gave a very neat well-spaced rib on the front.
The back, meanwhile, had a slightly flattened version of plain rib which made it very comfortable to wear next to the body. Of course, later on I found that everyone knew how to work Half-Twisted Rib, but it still remains a go-to stitch of mine, especially for menswear.
The sample photos above are taken from our new E-book, Reversible Knitting Stitches - A Sourcebook of 200 Double-Sided Stitch Patterns, where you will find this and a number of other favourite rib stitches. If you would like to read more about this new book, then please see my website.
Well, it's turning cooler so I am going to curl up in front of the fire and knit some more of this sweater.
Until next time,
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