Edges and finishing details can make a plain garment come to life. I am always looking for ways to dress up my designs and projects so I thought that maybe you would like to have a list of a few really nice rib stitches that are a little different than your basic k1, p1 or 2×2 ribbing. If you have a favorite fancy collar or cuff stitch please do share in the comments!
Fancy Slip Stitch Rib (multiples of 5)
Row 1:[RS] p2, k1, sl 1, k1
Row 2: p3, k2
Rick Rack Rib Stitch (multiples of 3)
Row 1: [RS] Take right-hand needle behind left-hand needle. Skip the first stitch and knit into the back loop of the second stitch. Then knit skipped stitch through the front loop. The slip both stitches from the needle together; p1
Row 2: With yarn in front, skip the first stitch and purl the second stitch. The purl the skipped stitch. The slip both stitches from needle together; k1
Image compliments of Chrisknits
Baby Cables Rib (multiples of 4)
Row 1: [WS] p2, k2
Row 2: k2, p2
Row 3: p2, k2
Row 4: k2 together, leaving both stitches on needle; then insert right-hand needle between the 2 stitches just knitted together, and knit the first st again; then slip both stitches from needle together, p2
Cable Rib Stitch (multiples of 3)
Row 1: [RS] p1, k2,
Rows 2, 3, 4 & 5: knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches
Row 6: p1, skip next stitch, k into second st leaving on needle, k into skipped sts, slip both sts off needle together.
Lace Rib Stitch (multiple of 6 sts)
Rows 1 and 3 (WS) *P2, k1; rep from *, end p2.
Row 2 *K2, p1, yo, ssk, p1; rep from *, end k2.
Row 4 *K2, p1, k2tog, yo, p1; rep from *, end k2.