Ok I confess I can’t BO ribbing. I have tried a host of different methods and while some are better than others I just can’t get it to look as good as my ribbing CO is.
So I don’t BO ribbing anymore, I work around it. I knit my ribbing separate to the garment and then I attach it via a three needle BO.
For the little bit of extra time it takes it gives a few extra benefits:
- I get a far superior looking ribbing.
- It tapers nicely from the join to what would normally be the BO so I don’t need to downsize needles or decrease as I go.
- The edge of the ribbing looks neat and is stretchy
- The 3 needle BO used to join the ribbing creates a neat seam, a good place for weaving in ends.
- The 3 needle BO seam also gives added structure to necklines and armholes.
If you too struggle with ribbing BO looking the way you want this is worth a try.
Step 1: Pick up the number of stitches you need on the main garment, write it down. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for weaving in.
Step 2: On a new set of needles CO required stitches (I use long tail cast on) and knit the ribbing you need. Don’t cut yarn.
Step 3: Turn the main garment inside out. Leave the ribbing with the right side facing out.
Step 4: Insert the ribbing into the main garment so the right sides of each piece are touching.
Step 5: Line up the beginning of the ribbing round with a good starting position. For a sleeve this would be the bottom of the arm hole.
Step 6: Using a needle one size larger than what the ribbing is worked on joining the pieces with a 3 needle BO. For a tutorial on a 3 needle BO click HERE.
Step 7: Weave in ends.