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Hello. What does it mean to cast off in Rib? I am casting off the side of my cardigan to do the button holes and it says to cast off in rib but I am a beginner and dont understand this. Please advise. Many thanks.

Hi Jessie

Thank you so much for your question.

Casting off in rib, whilst a little more time consuming, really is exactly as the instruction suggests.

It simply means, whilst you work your last row in normal rib stitch, you cast off as you complete each stitch.

For example if your first 6 stitches are knit purl knit purl knit purl, you would knit the first stitch, purl the second and then pull the knit stitch over the purled stitch. then knit the next stitch and pu;; the purled stitch over that knit stitch and so forth until you have finished the row and have one stitch left. Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

The ribbing cast off is designed to enable the ridge to be more flexible  and give a little more easily than with an ordinary knitted cast off, when you are doing a ribbing pattern. It also finishes the project beautifully!

I hope that helps...

keep the faith!


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I can answer questions and offer advice about how to read hard to grasp patterns, how to fix things that may go a little wrong, how to cast on using provisional method, long tail, cable, etc. Any thing to do with knitting, eg, finishing, casting off, how to join pieces off and on the needles, binding off using three needles etc. I also use quite extensively, straight knitting looms and round looms, and would be happy help and offer assistance wherever i can...


I picked up my first pair of knitting needles at the age of four years old and have not had a pair out of my hands since! hehe.. I spent endless hours watching my grandmother in a mirror while she knitted, as she was a left handed knitter! She was the most patient teacher, and taught me all the old fashioned methods. I am a designer of knitwear and crochet, and am launching a brand new line of knitted baby/preemie pattern sets early February 2009 to incorporate into my already vast array of things that I do!

Self taught for over 30 years... cold hard knitting and unpicking has been my only teacher!

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