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5×1 Flat Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

The 5×1 Flat Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern has five wide stitches of stockinette separated by one narrow vertical rib row.

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This 2-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is an easy level project with a simple combination of knits and purls. It is a great choice for knitting up impressive blankets, pillows, scarves, and more. 

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

5x1 Flat Rib Stitch pattern in orange yarn color.

FABRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE 5X1 FLAT RIB STITCH

As you can see, this is not a reversible pattern because the right side of the work displays the design, but the wrong (back) side does not.

Additionally, this is primarily a Stockinette Stitch, which typically curls. As such I suggest you consider the following finishing recommendations to help your work lie flat.

Right and Wrong sides of the 5x1 Flat Rib Stitch knitting pattern in orange color yarn.

CAST ON AND CAST OFF RIB STITCH PATTERNS

When beginning and ending Rib Stitch Patterns, you may wish to do so “in pattern.” This creates the ribbed texture along the edge for knitted items like sleeves and necks, rather than a solid horizontal edge.

Casting On: Alternating the Long-Tail Cast On Knitwise and Cast On Purlwise stitches in pattern to begin your project.

Casting Off: Alternating the Basic Cast Off Knitwise and Cast Off Purlwise gives the finished edge the same texture as your ribbing.


FINISHING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE 5X1 FLAT RIB STITCH

WET BLOCKING KNITTED SWATCH

I’m often asked how to achieve the same look as I have in the video for my knitting swatches. I Wet Block!

I simply wet each side and pin it to my blocking board and let it sit overnight. And it’s just amazing how blocking can make your knitted piece, just look and feel so perfect.

EASY KNITTED BORDER

I also like adding a Garter Stitch border to all sides. On the bottom, I like to do just two knit rows and on either side I do two knit stitches. To do so, make sure to add stitches to your cast on. If you want two stitches on either side, then you’ll add four more cast on stitches.


KNITTING VERTICAL STRIPES

This 5×1 Flat Rib Stitch is perfect if you would like a clean, simple way to add thin lines of colorful rows of knitting up your work. Yes, we can always knit vertical stripes in the typical way of changing colors, interlocking our yarn, and knitting intarsia.

There is an easier and alternate way to add a vertical stripe of color within our knitted piece. We actually will be using a crochet hook to duplicate stitch our stripe into our knitting.

Learn how to knit vertical stripes >

Hand holding crochet hook to add vertical stripe in pink yarn with knitted swatch in stockinette stitch in white yarn color.

KNITTING MATERIALS

Feel free to use any size yarn and needles for your creative project. 

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES

The 5×1 Flat Rib Stitch is an easy combination of simple Knit and Purl Stitches. Find my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help knit up this project.

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KNIT STITCH: 50 KNIT + PURL PATTERN BOOK

Find the 5×1 Flat Rib Stitch Stitch on page 7 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book. Get your free printable pattern below!

Knit Stitch Pattern Book with 5x1 Flat Rib and 7x3 Flat Rib Stitch Patterns

5×1 FLAT RIB KNITTING PATTERN
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5x1 Flat Rib Stitch pattern in orange yarn color.

5x1 Flat Rib Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: 5x1 Flat Rib Stitch Pattern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

The 5x1 Flat Rib Stitch Pattern has five wide stitches of stockinette separated by one narrow garter rib.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:

Cast On: Multiples of 6

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): * K5, P1 *
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): * K1, P5 *

or

IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:

Cast On: Multiples of 6

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): * K5, P1 *
  2. Row 2: * K5, P1 *

Notes

Repeat Rows 1 – 2 until your piece is the length you desire

Repeat pattern between the * * asterisks

Not a Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern

2-Row Repeat

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES

  1. Slip Knot 
  2. CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
  3. K = Knit Stitch 
  4. P = Purl Stitch
  5. BO = Bind Off
  6. Weave In Ends

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KNITTING CHART

5x1 Flat Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern Chart

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