All swatches were knit as follows: Cast on 56 stitches using German twisted cast on. Join in the round. Knit 16 rows in pattern. Bind off using Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
|First, lets look at my typical 1x1 (K1, P1) rib cuff. You can see how the knit stitch has expanded in width. This makes for a sloppy looking rib|
|My typical solution is to knit a simple twisted rib (K1tbl, P1). In my sock cuffs, I don't typically worry about twisting the purl side. This creates a much cleaner and crisp rib, but it is twisted and this may not work with some sock designs.|
|So, I thought I would experiment a bit. In this example, instead of twisting the knit stitch, I twisted the purl stitch (K1, P1tbl). I have to say, this one was a bit annoying to knit, but it creates a wonderfully clean rib.|
Using twisted stitches to clean up my 1x1 rib doesn't solve the underlying problem, but rather, only disguises it. The underlying issue is having a purl stitch with a different gauge than my knit stitch. I believe the purl is larger (uses more yarn) than my knit stitch. I need to work on reducing the size of my purl stitch. I'll do some more swatches working on tightening my purls to see what works and what doesn't. Hopefully I'll have something to report on later.
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