Have you ever noticed baggy purl stitches in your 2x2 ribbing — specifically a slightly longer trailing yarn between a knit and a purl stitch? I have and I found it really frustrating until I discovered this super cool trick.Plant fibre yarns seem to accentuate the problem and combine that with loose purl stitches and the meandering motion of moving from a knit to a purl stitch, and the result is just plain saggy.
Have a go at this tutorial and make your ribbing pop!
There’s a written description down below the video, including how to do this when knitting in the round. If you enjoy this video, you can subscribe to my channel here.
For the first purl stitch of every p2 twist the working yarn clockwise around the front of the needle (opposite direction to normal). This effectively twists the stitch and hugs it in closer to the previous knit stitch. If you’re working flat, untwist this stitch on the return row by knitting through the back loop (the twisted purl stitch is now a knit stitch). At the same time keep wrapping every first purl stitch clockwise.
If you’re working in the round twist and untwist the same purl stitch by purling through the back loop on the alternate round. Happy days!