What is rib stitch?
Rib stitch is a textured vertical stripe stitch pattern and is created by alternating knit and purl stitches in the same row, then knitting the same stitch in the next row. This forms columns of knit and purl stitches, and is often used for cuffs or brims.
Is rib knit stretchy?
Ribbed knit fabrics are also stretchy and have a elasticity to them which allows them to stretch without distorting their shape. The ribbed effect makes the fabric feel a little thicker – and you most often see them in articles like scarves, sweaters, socks and form fitting shirts.