Friday, 16 June 2017

Broken Rib Stitch

            We found the source! The original broken rib pattern (I mean obviously hence the name) Not long now soon we will be out of broken rib mania.
            A very old stitch but still pretty popular works well on jumpers with ribbing at the hems as it continues the ribbing pattern but doesn't have as much stretch. If you're going to use it as a continuation of ribbing for this version of broken rib you have to use it on 1x1 ribbing and make sure the knit stitches align. Double broken rib can be used for 2x2 ribbing but more on that later.

In colour broken rib appears a lot more column-y than in Barbara's Black and white picture. Some of the images in the book look very different from the final colour result, this may be a quirk of the lighting that they were originally taken in.
The columns themselves are also a lot more spread than in regular ribbing as the purl stitches are pulling the knit stitches apart more as they are more frequent than in regular ribbing. More on how purl and knit stitches pull on each other later.

The Swatch is as follows: 4 Ply - 2.5mm needles - 31st x 44st - Double Loop CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF - Worked Flat
            Pattern tends to work up quickly, faster than regular ribbing thanks to the plain purl rows for working flat:
CON - Odd st
Row 1 - K1 *P1,K1*
Row 2 - Purl all st

for 2x2 ribbing with a break every other row:
CON - multiple of 4st +2
Row 1 -  K2 *P2,K2*
Row 2 - Purl all st

In the round the patterns are as follows, 1x1 rib:
CON - Even st
Row 1: *P1,K1* OR *K1, P1* (Makes no difference just be consistent)
Row 2: Purl

in the round 2x2 rib:
CON - Multiple of 4st
Row 1: *P2,K2* OR *K2,P2* (Makes no difference just be consistent)
Row 2: Purl

            Wow 4 whole patterns this week, they're all pretty similar just slight adjustments are needed depending on whether you're working flat or round and how wide your ribbing is. You should be able to extrapolate this for even wider sets of ribbing but I doubt you'll use wider than 4x4 ;) Well you lot better get knitting if you want this to get done so off you pop and happy knitting! :)

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