So I've never made a knitted cover before. I started making one but I've noticed that the ribbing is much looser ( as in the stitches themselves are bigger, I know ribbing is supposed to be stretchy) than the stockinette in the body. It looks odd. The pattern i' m using has the same needles throughout, but Should I use smaller needles on the ribbing? Is it common to do this?
I always go down 2 needle sizes when I am knitting ribbing. If I don't, my ribbing looks like what you are describing.
Good to know it's not just to me!
Yup I go down needles as well. If you have a draw string on these and don't want to rip them out it won't matter in the end but something good to stick in your head for future projects. : )
I've always gone down two needle sizes from my gauge. They still stretch out over time though, so either way I think a tie is useful.