Knit one - purl one Ribbing and Fringes

Knit one – Purl one, Ribbing and Fringes step-by-step


Knit one – Purl one Continental Knitting Ribbing and Fringes!

How to knit the rib stitch, how to create fringes -easy tutorial knitting lesson for ribbing and fringes!

The explanations are easy to understand and are in support of Oma’s video “knit one – purl one ribbing and fringes tutorial”

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Calculation of stitches and how to get there!

The pattern in the example of calculating the stitches is  * knit one – purl one* . In this case the stitch pattern has 2 stitches. You want to end with the same stitch as you started, though that both sides of your work have the same pattern. Measure the width you want and estimate an approximate amount of stitches. The number has to be a multiply of 2 (stitch pattern) plus the amount of the half of the stitch pattern, which is here 1. Once you have your amount of stitches, you always have to add 2 more stitches for the edge stitches (one stitch on the beginning and one stitch on the end of a row).

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Explanation of abbreviation:

  • SP = Stitch Pattern
  • FS = Front Side
  • BS = Back Side
  • ES = Edge Stitch
  • K   = Knit Stitch
  • P   = Purl Stitch

Ribbing in combination with different fringes

Ribbing  stitch pattern  *1 knit – 1 purl*  and fringes with beads

Multiply stitch pattern by 2 plus 1 stitch plus 2 stitches for edge stitch.

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Ribbing stitch pattern  *4 purl – 2 knit and fringes with braids

Multiply stitch pattern by 6 plus 4 stitches plus 2 stitches for edge stitch. This applies

if you start with 4 purl stitches. If you start with 2 knit stitches, you multiply

the stitch pattern by 6 plus 2 stitches (knit stitches) plus 2 stitches for edge stitch.


Ribbing stitch pattern  *2 knit – 2 purl*  and fringes with buttons

Multiply stitch pattern by 4 plus 2 stitches plus 2 stitches for edge stitch.

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*Garter stitch*  with simple fringes

Knitted or purled on both sides of the work


  • Paula Dannels

    I’m so glad you have this posted! I’ve been knitting this way for several years, and am still amazed of how much faster it is. I’m starting to get some arthritis in my hands, and this takes less of a toll on my hands.
    You are my one stop place for good and useful knowledge! Thank-you for everything!!!

    • The Oma Way

      Paula, thank you so much for your very nice comment. It made my day. I am always glad to receive feedback, so that the site can become the best it could be. Yours, Oma