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Exploring the Differences: Half Cardigan and Cardigan Stitches

This time will explain the difference between half cardigan and cardigan stitches.

Half Cardigan Stitch

At first glance, it appears similar to ribbed knitting, but there are differences in the knitting technique.

In ribbed knitting, the ribbing is formed by alternating between knit and purl stitches, but in this case, for half cardigan stitch, one side is knitted with ribbing, and the other side is knitted with tacking. Consequently, it is thicker than regular ribbing, and the elasticity can be slightly suppressed.

The ridges are based on a 1X1 rib, but there are various other variations, such as 2X1 rib for one-sided ridges and 2X2 rib.

The distinctive feature is that only one side is tacked, resulting in a change in facial expression on each side. The tacked side gives the impression of closed eyes, while the non-tacked side gives the appearance of swollen eyes.

The side of the ridge in the photo below is the side visible on the front.

The photo below captures the details of a single ridge.

At first glance, it may resemble ribbing, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the distinctive eye patterns.

The images below depict each side.

The top represents the lid, while the bottom showcases the tacked surface. What do you think?

Can you notice distinct eyes on each side?

For the one-sided ridge, you can choose the facial expression that suits your preference.

Cardigan Stitch

Similar to the half cardigan stitch, it may resemble ribbed knitting at first glance, but there is a difference in the knitting technique.

It follows the same pattern until knitting the one-step ribbing, but both ridges then involve tacking on both sides.

As a result, the stitches take on a three-dimensional quality, and the volume is greater than that of a single ridge. Since both sides are tacked, the knitting widens, and the left and right expansion and contraction are more pronounced compared to the half cardigan stitch.

The standout feature is that the eye patterns are consistent on both sides.

Like the one-sided ridge, the base is a 1X1 rib, but there are various other variations such as half cardigan stitch with 2X2 rib and 2X1 rib.

I will attach a photo of both ridges.


Did you grasp that there are various types of ridges, each with its own distinctive characteristics?

By the way, my recommendation is to try both ridges!

Ultimately, there is a notable difference in volume, such as thickness compared to a single ridge. So, if you’re aiming for a larger, more voluminous item, consider incorporating both ridges.