It doesn't pull in as much as traditional ribbing but still has a little stretch to it. So while it may not work for cuffs on sleeves it will work beautifully as an allover stitch pattern or maybe some edgings that don't need the tightness of regular rib stitching. It just depends on what you're making.
And do you think it looks really complicated? That's another wonderful thing about this stitch pattern. It just looks complicated. It's actually very simple and you'll probably have the pattern memorized after a couple of rows.
So what can you make with seeded rib stitch?
You can knit anything with this eye-catching pattern - pullovers, cardigans, scarves, hats, dishcloths and tea towels. And just a note here, it's great for guys too.
So what are some more great features?
Multiple of 4 stitches plus 3 extra stitches
Row 1: Knit 3, * purl 1, k3; rep from * to the end of row
Row 2: Knit 1, * p1, k3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1, k1
Repeat these 2 rows for seed ribbing stitch
But wait a minute. Now that you know how to knit the seeded rib stitch pattern, I decided to create a pattern for you to practice with.
I thought you might enjoy practicing the seeded rib stitch pattern by making a scarf. Here's all the details.
Here is a PDF download for my easy scarf pattern if you'd like a copy.
Cast on and Bind off
Knit and Purl
Yarn: Chunky (see my notes)
Needles: Size 11
Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 36 inches long
Notes: You can use any kind of yarn with this scarf pattern. You'll just need to add more or less stitches depending on how thick your yarn is. And remember to add/subtract in multiples of 4.
I added 2 extra stitches in order to have nice clean edges. On every row slip the first stitch as if to knit and always knit the last stitch. What that means is you're moving the first stitch from the left needle over to the right needle without knitting it. Make sure you snug it up on your needle.
As I mentioned the seeded rib stitch scarf was made as a sampler so that I can give you some style ideas. This way you can make the final decision on how you want to make your scarf. Here are some ideas:
Cast on 21 stitches
Row 1: Slip first stitch, Knit 3, *purl 1, k3; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1
Row 2: Slip first stitch, Knit 1, *p1, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2
Repeat these 2 rows until you reach 36 inches or desired length.
Bind off loosely.
Finishing for either a cowl or infinity scarf:
For a simple but very pretty scarf/cowl just seam the two ends together.
For an infinity scarf take one end and flip it over just like in the photo to have that twist in there. Seam it up.