How to Knit: The Rib Stitch - Darn Good Yarn

How to Knit: The Rib Stitch


Ribbing is an essential part of knitwear. The Rib Stitch creates an elastic fabric of textured vertical lines that are often found in socks, cuffs, necklines and hats. If you know how to do knit and purl stitches, you are well on your way to learning the rib stitch.

Written Pattern

The pattern is created by alternating 2 knit stitches with 2 purl stitches within the same row. On the purl side knit the first and last two stitches to get a garter border,  then knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. To create a tighter stitch with less stretch, alternate 1 knit stitch with 1 purl stitch.


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