How to knit the Mock English Rib for beginners
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How to knit the Mock English Rib stitch

In this tutorial, I’m sharing a variant of the Mock English Rib which is one of my favorites (two weeks ago we practiced a similar two-row repeat pattern, dedicated to all those knitters that don’t love to purl).

Why am I a fan of this version?

First of all, because of its amazing texture, formed by the combination of knits and purls only; there is no need for slipping stitches.

This pattern creates embossed columns, crispy and gorgeous vertical lines.

Secondly, this variant of the Mock English Rib is pretty easy to knit, perfect for beginners:

When you try it, you’ll see that it’s basically a 2 x 2 rib, in two rows.

Also, it’s not only reversible but identical on both sides. 

So it works for scarves and blankies, and also, for the cuffs of socks, gloves, the brim of a hat, and the ribbing of cardigans and sweaters.

Finally, it doesn’t curl, so you don’t need to add an edge if you don’t want to.

Ok, grab your needles + yarn, and let’s swatch!

Mock English Rib: A two-row reversible knitting pattern (identical on both sides). So Woolly.


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

BO: Bind off

How to knit the Mock English Rib

CO multiples of 4 + 1 + 2 (edge st); i.e.: 4 * 4 = 16 + 1 = 17 + 2 = 19 st.

1º row (RS): K1, *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K2.

2º row: K1, P1, *P1, K2, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1.

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

When finished, BO working on each stitch as it presents (no matter the side).

This is the other side of the work:

Easy two-row repeat knitting stitch pattern, perfect for beginners. So Woolly.

I’m a bamboo needles lover, but I have to say that these metal needles are excellent: Sharp tips, and long enough (plus some nice knitting tools) #ad

In this demonstration, I explain how to do it in both, English and Continental style:

How to knit the Mock English Rib

I hope you like it!

Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Do you want to knit a scarf (even a throw, wrap, or cowl), but you aren’t sure of how many stitches to cast on, the measurements, and how much yarn will be needed? 

Then, take a look at this tutorial!

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