How to Tighten 2×2 Ribbing, VIDEO – For the first purl stitch of every p2 twist the working yarn clockwise around the front of the needle (opposite direction to normal). This effectively twists the stitch and hugs it in closer to the previous knit stitch. If youre working flat, untwist this stitch on the return row by knitting through the back loop (the twisted purl stitch is now a knit stitch). At the same time keep wrapping every first purl stitch clockwise.