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The Single Aran Rib Pattern is an understated yet elegant rib stitch pattern. The travelling, single stitch is an Aran knit classic.
As a matter of fact, this is one of those patterns you can have a lot of fun with. For instance, it is a great stitch pattern you can combine with other lace and cable patterns.
In addition, you can play around with the stitches and add more knit stitches between each rib. Alternatively, you can add one or more purl stitches on either side of the travelling rib. The variations are almost endless.
In fact, this is a great pattern to start with if you want to try out using a cable needle. The simplicity of the “cable” makes it very easy to learn the basics of using a cable needle.
Not only is this an excellent pattern to use on sweaters, but it also lends itself well to be used for afghan squares, cowls, etc.
Techniques Needed For Single Aran Rib Pattern
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
Cr2L slip 1 st on to cable needle at front, p1, k1 tbl from cable needle
Cr2R slip 1 st on to cable needle at back, k1 tbl, p1 from cable needle
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
Multiple of 7 sts plus 4
Row 1 (RS): * K4, Cr2L, p1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 2: P4. * k1, p1 tbl, k1, p4; rep from * to end
Row 3: * K4, p1, Cr2L; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 4: P4, *p1 tbl, k2, p4; rep from * to end
Row 5: * K4, p1, Cr2R; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 6: P4. * k1, p1 tbl, k1, p4; rep from * to end
Row 7: * K4, Cr2R, p1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 8: P4, * k2, p1 tbl, p4: rep from * to end
Repeat rows 1 – 8 until the desired length is reached.