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Double Ribbed Stitches

posted May 16, 2011, 5:04 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jan 23, 2012, 7:30 PM ]
Abbreviation: d rib
Skill Level: Medium

Knitting double ribbed stitches on the Knifty Knitter loom is easy peasy with these directions. Ribbed stitches and double ribbed stitches are often seen at the cuffs, or hems, of sweaters. The ribbing makes it stretchy and the double ribbed stitch is stretchier than the basic ribbed stitch.

When done with traditional knitting needles, the double ribbed stitch is made by following the basic pattern of knit 2, purl 2. If you know how to do the knit and purl on a knitting loom, then you already know how to make a ribbed stitch! The double ribbed stitch can be used to make beautiful panel knit that will not roll and can be varied slightly to create the honeycomb pattern.
Making the Double Ribbed Stitch
As mentioned above, the double ribbed stitch can be done following the knit 2, purl 2 pattern. That is how it is done on a round loom. However, there is an easier way to make this stitch on the long loom. The most difficult part is learning to wrap the loom. Once you get the wrap down to a rhythm, it's fun and easy. The wrap is shown on the photo to the left.

The important thing to remember about this wrap is that you are tracing the yarn back across the loom exactly as it was placed the first time. Each time that you wrap a peg, the yarn crisscrosses on the INSIDE of the loom. If it doesn't, you've started to wrap your peg from the wrong side on the loom.

When you've reached the last peg, simply loop around as seen on the lower right peg of the photo. You do NOT need to create a full crisscrossed loop on this peg. In fact, you don't want to, as it will cause the edges of the finished knit to pull too tightly.

Once you've wrapped two rows of the double ribbed stitch, you can knit off by using the Knifty Knitter hook that comes with the loom sets to gently lift the bottom loop outward, over and off the peg. It will fall to the inside of the loom.

There is now one row left on each peg. Wrap the loom again to get two rows on each peg and knit off again. Continue doing this until your knit reaches the desired length.

The Finished Knit of the Double Ribbed Stitch
Here is a photo of finished double ribbed knit done on the Knifty Knitter long loom.This knit is light and airy because it was done with only one strand of light-weight cotton yarn. For a heavier finished knit, you can wrap the Knifty Knitter loom using two strands of yarn together as one. I usually use one strand for lighter Spring garments and 2 strands of yarn together for heavy winter outwear when making gloves, scarves, hats or sweaters.

If you're still looking for help with this double ribbed stitch, also called the "Box Stitch," there is a video tutorial to make the double ribbed stitch on the Knifty Knitter loom below.

YouTube Video

Double Ribbed Stitch for the Round Knifty Knitter Looms

As mentioned earlier, the round looms can also be used to create a double ribbed stitch. For these looms you will knit 2, purl 2 continuously around the loom. You can also follow this method on the long looms, but the method described above is generally easier. For detailed information on how to do this, see :

How to Knit on the Knifty Knitter

How to Purl on the Knifty Knitter