How to knit the Rickrack Rib stitch
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit the Rickrack Rib stitch: A two-row repeat pattern that doesn’t curl

In this tutorial, I’m sharing how to knit the famous Rickrack Rib stitch (which reminds me of the beautiful Feather Rib stitch).

First of all, it’s a reversible pattern (although its sides are not identical, both create two eye-catching textures), and furthermore, it doesn’t curl… Yay!

Secondly, the Rickrack Rib stitch is a unisex stitch: It’ll work perfectly for girls’, boys’ of all ages, and children’s garments too. 

In addition, it has a double rich texture to it: One of the sides forms embossed zig-zag columns; the other looks similar to the Textured Stockinette stitch.

Consequently, it’s a charming option for knitting the cuffs of your sweaters and socks, gloves, mittens, leg warmers, etc.

This is why it also can be used for knitting scarves, cowls, and infinite cowls.

Finally, the Rickrack stitch is a two-row repeat pattern, easy to knit and to memorize.

So, grab you needles and yarn, and izzy, whizzy let’s get busy!


RS: Right side of the work

CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

K: Knit

ktbl: Knit through the back loop

P: Purl

BO: Bind off

How to knit the Rickrack Rib stitch, step-by-step. A unisex stitch, that lays flat. So Woolly.

Rickrack Rib knitting stitch pattern

CO multiples of 3 + 1; i.e.: 3 * 4 = 12 + 1 = 13 st.

1º row (RS): P1, *ktbl the 2º stitch counting from right to left (don’t take it off the left-hand needle), K the 1º st, and drop both, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to the end.

2º row: K1, *P into the 2º st counting from right to left (don’t take it off the left-hand needle), P the 1º st, and drop both, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to the end.

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

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

This is the other side of the work:

Two-repeat easy reversible knitting pattern. Written pattern and video tutorial. So Woolly.

And now, enjoy the video tutorial (English and Continental style):

How to knit the Rickrack Rib stitch

I hope you like it!

Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina – So Woolly

PS: There are always more options when knitting Rib stitches…

Double Slip-stitch Rib knitting pattern

Broken Rib stitch

Slip Stitch Rib

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