Sweater bottom ribbing and cuff ribbing

Hi guys,
I am at the bottom of the sweater I am making for my son and am trying to decide whether I should use a 2x2 rib or a 1x1 rib. What have you guys experienced. I have always used 2x2 but wondered if a 1x1 would look better. It's a very plain raglan sweater with stockinette stitch. My son likes his clothing to be simple and understated. Any suggestions?

Mark

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I always use 1x1 rib. Don't ask me why but it looks more professional to me. I think it's less obvious than a 2x2 rub. Just my 2 pennorth.

I always use 1x1 rib. Don't ask me why but I think it looks more professional. I think it is less obvious than 2x2. Just my 2 pennorth.

I always use 1x1 rib. Don't ask me why but I think it looks more professional. I think it is less obvious than 2x2. Just my 2 pennorth.

ronhuber's picture

I like both. The 2 x 2 is faster of course and Elizabeth Zimmermann claimed that 3 inches of it was the most elastic ribbing there was. However, some times we don't want the ribbing to be elastic but want it to finish a garment that we want to hang straight and then 1 x 1 is perfect and you would need less of it. I also like a hem and think it looks quite elegant. I guess, Mark, you are only going to get more confused listening to us.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, guys. I did some sample swatches last night and I like that the 2x2 is more elastic as Ron suggested and that's what I want. I want it to "hug" his waist and his wrists. The 1x1 didn't seem to pull into the waist or the wrists, it is more of a looser fit. Thanks Ron and Christine.
Mark

ronhuber's picture

We want to see a picture when it is done.

CLABBERS's picture

You got it, Ron!

michaelpthompson's picture

Think you're right Mark, 1X1 is going to hang straighter, 2X2 will be more elastic. I like the 2X2, but with definitely smaller needles than the body of the sweater. Maybe even reduce the number of stitches at the same time. I like the way it cinches up the waist under my ponderous belly. You're skinny enough, that's probably not as much of an issue.

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