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In our last post, Celeste mentioned how to avoid “bi-colored purls” in her gorgeous Inspira Cowl.  Today I thought I might provide a close-up of what she did!

You may have noticed, if you’ve been throwing stripes into your ribbed stocking caps, that your knit columns and purl columns look different.  Knit columns move seamlessly from one color into the next, while purl columns have a line of contrasting color interrupting the flow.  In this sample, I did k2, p2 for every row:

bi-colored purls

Celeste says, “To avoid the problem of bi-colored purls, I worked the first two-color rib rounds in knit.”

She’s a smart knitter!  For this sample, I knit k2, p2 rib except for the first row of the new color.  On the RS row, knit across all the stitches.  Then returned to my regularly scheduled k2, p2.

The knit row doesn’t really interrupt your ribbing and it hides the color change.


How about one additional ribbing tip, for good measure….

Have you noticed your second knit stitch is a little bit larger than the one on the right?  It’s subtle, but for some of us the second knit balloons just a bit. loose knit at the bottom of the photo

This is typical for English-style knitters like me, who have to move the yarn from back to front, between the needles, before we purl.  This movement sometimes leaves a teeny tiny bit of extra slack between the second knit and the first purl.  If you give your first purl a little extra tug you can tighten that stitch up.  Not a BIG PULL, just a little extra tug. adjusted knit at the top of the photo

If this happens to you, you will find it anywhere you switch from a knit to a purl – in a ribbing pattern, at the edge of a cable, or any other stitch pattern where knits meet a purl.