How to knit the Twisted Rib stitch English and Continental style
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How to knit the Twisted Rib stitch (English and Continental style)

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit the Twisted Rib stitch, an interesting version of the 2 x 2 Rib.

In my humble opinion, all these different versions of the classic rib stitches are so useful. They add a nice touch to your knitting work.

However, this one is not quite as stretchy as some other rib styles.

This is why I’d use it as a main stitch for a whole garment, such as a scarf or an infinite cowl, rather than cuffs in general.

In fact, its design creates small cables, a vertical pattern that will stand out in a large piece.

On the other hand, the Twisted Rib is a two-row repeat pattern, and it tends to curve at the bottom.

So, if you are knitting a rectangular piece, I’d recommend to add a nice edge on each side of the work, using a reversible no-curling stitch pattern.

For example, you could try the Seed stitch, or the Irish Moss stitch.

Finally, in the video tutorial, you’ll see how to do it in both, English and Continental style.

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


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

K: Knit

yo: Yarn over

K1tbl: Knit one stitch through the back loop

wyif: With yarn in front

wyib: With yarn in back

sl1pw: Slip one stitch purlwise

sl1kw: Slip one stitch knitwise

LHN: Left-hand needle

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

This swatch was made out of 100% Merino wool yarn (super soft and beginners-friendly) #ad

Twisted Rib knit stitch pattern for beginners. So Woolly.

Using a different set of bamboo needles (long and smooth) #ad

Twisted Rib knit stitch

CO multiples of 4 + 2; i.e.: 4 * 4 = 16 + 2 = 18 st

1º and every odd row (WS): Wyif sl1pw, P3, *yo, P2*. Repeat from * to *, to end

2º and every even row: Wyib sl1kw, K1, *drop the yo, Ktbl the second st on LHN, don’t take it off and K the first, then drop both st*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K2

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

When finished BO knitwise if you are facing the RS; or purlwise, if you are facing the WS.

This is the other side of the work:

Easy two-row repeat knitting patterns and video tutorials: Twisted Rib. So Woolly.

I hope you like it 🙂

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Twisted Rib stitch

Thank you for watching!

Hugs, and happy knitting


Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Searching for more special Rib stitches? Take a look at these:

Feather Rib knitting pattern

Mock English Rib

Slip stitch Rib

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