Video: Italian Tubular Cast-On for 2×2 Rib
To do the Italian Tubular Cast-On For 2x2 Rib, use the Italian cast-on for 1x1 rib to cast on the number of stitches your pattern calls for and then complete the two tubular set-up rows.
Once you have done the cast-on and tubular set-up rows, you will rearrange the knit and purl stitches as you work your first row to create the k2, p2 pattern.
1. To work the first row after the tubular set-up: K1, *insert left-hand needle into front of the next knit stitch. Remove next 2 sts from left-hand needle, replace the purl stitch onto the left-hand needle, then place the knit stitch on the left-hand needle. K1, p2, k1, rep from * to end.
2. If you learn how to do this, you'll also basically know how to do cables without a cable needle. Bonus!
3. If you want to use this cast-on in the round, I recommend that you work the cast-on and tubular set-up flat like I show in the video, then divide your stitches and join for working in the round. Use your tail yarn to sew up the little gap created by working the first rows flat.
This cast-on is special in that it has a matching bind-off: the Kitchener Double-Rib Bind-Off.