The rib lay flatter, the inside was smoother and last but not least, it was a whole lot easier to work! That's always a bonus, isn't it.
It just has that extra bit of resilience compared to a plain 1x1 rib so is good for socks, mens' sweaters and other articles that get pulled about when worn. In the Mentmore Socks pictured above, for example, you can see this neat stitch being used for the cuff.
The Rice Stitch bands have acted to hold the rib stitches apart, giving them extra definition, and the contrasting vertical and horizontal patterning really catches the light in an interesting way.
Rice Stitch gives such a wonderful texture to a design, as you can see in the photos above taken from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. It almost looks as though grains of rice have been scattered in a neat grid across the knitting.
I can definitely see myself using this particular combination of stitches again. I am thinking it might work really well in a knitted rug, for example, or a set of cushions. I would think those would look really interesting scattered on a sofa with the light catching all the different lines and angles.
So I have just uploaded "Version 2.1" of the book onto the website here and will post some more details about this in my next blogpost – and yes, the stitch combination I have been featuring today, Moray Rib, is in there as a new entry on Page 74! Please click here to read more about our the book and I will be back soon with lots more details about this new update.
Until then – Happy Knitting!
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