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Broken Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

The Broken Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern creates ribbing columns of the smooth Stockinette Stitch separated by rows of the bumpy Garter Stitch texture.

Get your free written pattern instructions with video tutorials below. You may also purchase my ad-free Knit Stitch Pattern Book in both hardcopy and e-book formats.

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

This rib texture is not a reversible pattern because the right side of the work displays the design, but the wrong (back) side does not. In fact, the wrong side of this pattern is the Sand Stitch texture! See my new Broken Rib Web Story, too.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Broken Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern swatch on both the right and wrong sides on needle.

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KNITTING MATERIALS

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

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Knitted swatch of the Broken Rib Stitch texture with scissors, tapestry needle, knitting needles, and yarn.

HOW TO KNIT THE BROKEN RIB STITCH

Knitting Techniques and Abbreviations

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

Two Close-ups of Broken Rib knitting swatch texture.

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Cast On in Multiples of 2 Stitches, plus 1

Begin by casting your knitting stitches in multiples of two. You can also think of this as casting on any even number of stitches.

Once you have the desired number of stitches on your needle, add one more stitch to prepare to knit your textured pattern.

Hands casting on stitches onto a knitting needle with white color yarn.

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Row 1: Knit All Stitches

On the right side of your knitted work, knit every stitch on your needle. Doesn’t get any easier than this!

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Row 2: * P1, K1 *, P1

On row two, the wrong side of your work, begin by repeating the Purl 1, Knit 1 pattern. This is similar to the pattern of the 1×1 Rib Stitch.

Once you get to the end of your row, you will have one additional stitch to Purl 1.

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Continue Knitting the Broken Rib Stitch Pattern

Continue knitting the pattern by repeating these two rows until your piece is the length you desire. On all right sides, you will simply knit all stitches. Then on your wrong side you will knit the row 2 pattern instructions.

Hands holding stitches on knitting needle with Broken Rib pattern.

KNIT STITCH: 50 KNIT + PURL PATTERN BOOK

Find the Broken Rib Stitch on page 11 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book. Get your free printable pattern below!

Knit Stitch Pattern Book with Broken Rib and Sand Stitch Patterns

Broken Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern

Broken Rib Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Broken 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 Broken Rib Stitch Pattern creates columns of smooth one Stockinette Stitch separated by one row of Garter Stitch texture.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Tools

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

Instructions

KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:

Cast On: Multiples of 2, plus 1

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): * P1, K1 *, P1

or

IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:

Cast On: Multiples of 2, plus 1

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
  2. Row 2: * K1, P1 *, K1

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

Broken Rib Stitch Knitting Pattern Chart

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