Knitting the perfect garment: casting on and ribs

Most patterns don't specify which cast on method to use. For garments I prefer the thumb or long tail cast on as it is reasonably elastic but gives firm edge. Look out for my video on how to do the cable, long tail and lace cast on.

Once you have cast on now you can tackle the rib. Ribs stop the garment from rolling up and also give a good stretchy base for your knitting. Patterns usually specify what stitches to do in your rib eg knit 1 purl 1. Other things to look out for are:

_ Ribs are often done in a size smaller needle than the main body of the pattern. This is to give it a really flexible rib.
_ Sometimes patterns ask you to increase on the row after the rib so check out your instructions and ring the number of stitches required.

Sometimes knitter find their tension goes a bit sloppy on ribs. Thus is because in the movement of the yarn to the front and back you may end up loosing control of your tension. To get around this make sure the tension on the purl is really tight.

You can vary the rib stitch if you fee a bit creative. The jumper I'm wearing has a k3, p3 rib. You can add cables and twists to your stitches as well
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