You cast on an odd number of stitches (33 in this case) and do a knit 2 purl 2 pattern every row. Since it’s an odd number the pattern becomes: a knit on a purl, a knit on a knit, a purl on a knit, and a purl on a purl. So not only do you get to practice all the combinations, you produce a wide, soft ribbing that lies flat. Neat!
By the way, if you’re wondering about the red thing in the picture, it’s a row counter, just a little plastic thingie with numbered wheels to turn when I finish a row. I hang it on the working yarn so I don’t lose it.
As for the yarn itself, I was a little intimidated by the prospect of working with it all kinked-up like that. It does feel weird in my hands, but once it’s knitted back together, it seems to be fine. So the reknit is a go.
Here’s hoping it doesn’t take me 44 tries to get it right.