The diagonal rib of 2 x 2 square is a very interesting square. It is done with very little manipulation of the simple 2 x 2 rib offset every 4 rows by one stitch giving you the illusion that you see here.
As I learn about how I personally knit, by making this afghan I am realizing that I may be casting on too tight. I have decided to cast on a bit more relaxed to actually reach a better gauge square and I was able to do that here. I was able to match my gauge in length without having to add more stitches, yet my row count was an extra set still. In this journey I realized how basic is the cast on of any item, and how necessary is the cast off to match the cast on for the garment or piece to have a sense of balance and form. I also realize how just the one stitch can change the look of this ribbing. This will be a very pretty ribbing for the bottom of a plain sweater or how beautiful a set of sleeves will look in this kind of ribbing. Thanks for stopping by!