How to knit a very special Rib stitch pattern
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit a very special Rib stitch pattern (two rows only)

In this post, I’m sharing how to knit a very special Rib stitch, ideal for beginners.

Actually, it’s a two-row repeat pattern, easy to do and easy to memorize, and pretty stretchy.

Although both sides are not identical, I’d say it’s a reversible stitch, because both sides look pretty.

In addition, the only techniques required are knit stitch and purl stitch…

And from time to time, we’ll slip one stitch, which helps us create those gorgeous embossed columns of “v’s”.

That’s the touch of elegance that makes this Ribbing so unusual 🙂

Finally, this is a great pattern for hems, cuffs, socks, gloves, hats, etc.

Enough chatting!

Grab your needles, and some yarn, and let’s get busy!


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side

K: Knit

P: Purl

wyib: With yarn in back

sl1pw: Slip one stitch purlwise (pass it onto the right-hand needle as if to purl)

WS: Wrong side

BO: Bind off

This swatch was knitted using 100% cotton yarn (smooth, worsted weight, and easy to work with) #ad

How to knit a very special Rib stitch pattern and video tutorial. So Woolly.

With US 8 – 5 mm bamboo dpn’s (double pointed needles, perfect for swatching, dishcloths, socks, hats, sleeves, and any other small project) #ad


The even rows form the right side of the work.

There are no edge (selvage) stitches included; add two stitches to your calculations if you like to have them.

How to knit a very special Ribbing

CO multiples of 5 + 2; i.e.: 5 * 4 = 20 + 2 = 22 st.

1º and every odd row (WS): K2, *P3, K2*. Repeat from * to *, to end

2º and every even row: *P2, K1, wyib sl1pw, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, ending with P2.

These two rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO working each stitch as it presents, after row 2 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit a very special Rib stitch (wrong side of the work). So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit a very special Rib stitch

Thank you for watching, and don’t forget to share the love 😉

Hugs, and happy knitting!

Carolina – So Woolly

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