Exploring the Seeded Rib Stitch

   The Waterrock Vest designed by Jennifer Sadler was my last project. I knitted my summer version with Sueno DK by Hiko, a super soft blend of merino wool and bamboo. I love this yarn. The wool and bamboo blend and weight are perfect for layering on cool evenings here in the mountains, cool offices or wherever you may need a bit more warmth..
   Knitted in the round, it was a fast and fun project. The seeded rib stitch hem and side sections keep the project interesting. The body of the sweater is knitted in a slipped stitch pattern, which is fun and easy. The combination of these two patterns and the natural bounce of the Sueno yarn resulted in fabric with a bit of elasticity. I was a bit concerned that the finished vest would be a bit snugger than I wanted. After blocking, however, the fit was perfect.
   If you are interested in expanding your knit stitch skills, the seeded rib stitch would be a good one to learn. In fact, it is a great textured stitch for beginners. The pattern is pretty and can add some textures and give to your project. It is a reversible pattern, so it looks the same on both the public (right) and wrong sides. It lays flat, so it is great for edging. The two-row pattern (in multiples of 4 stitches plus 3 extra stitches) is also easy to remember.
Row 1: Knit 3* purl 1, knit 3; repeat from* to the end.
Row 2: Knit 1* purl 1 knit 2; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit 1.
Below is a link to a video tutorial by Studio Knit for those of you who would like a visual.

   If you are not ready to knit a sweater or vest, you can still try out the seeded rib stitch on a smaller project. You might want to try the Seeded Rib Stitch Cowl designed by Antonia Shankland. It is a free pattern on Ravelry. Knitted with super bulky yarn, it will work up fast. I would recommend Bahh Sequoia yarn. You will love learning and experimenting with the seeded rib stitch, no matter the project.  Why not give it a try.