The Garter Ribbing Stitch Knitting Pattern creates columns of smooth Stockinette Stitch separated by two rows of Garter Stitch texture.
Get your free written pattern instructions with a video tutorial below. You may also purchase my ad-free Knit Stitch Pattern Book in both hardcopy and e-book formats.
Table of Contents
About the Garter Ribbing Stitch
The Garter Ribbing Stitch is an easy-level project with a simple combination of knits and purls. It is a great choice for knitting up simple blankets, pillows, scarves, and more.
A series of easy knits and purls create the raised pattern.
Knit up the Garter Ribbing Stitch in a simple 2-row repeat.
Because this is an easy repeat of knits and purls, this pattern is easy to remember. It’s a great choice when you do not want to refer to the written pattern.
This stitch alternates knit and purl stitches on all rows, so it easily lays flat. You may wish to block your work, however, it is not necessary since the fabric does not curl up.
Not a Reversible Stitch
This stitch is an easy combination of simple Knit and Purl Stitches. Find my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help knit up this project.
- How to Cast On Without a Slip Knot or Slip Knot
- Cast On
- K = Knit Stitch
- P = Purl Stitch
- Cast Off
- Weave-in Yarn Ends
Watch Video Tutorial
Cast On Stitches
If you are knitting your piece flat on straight needles, cast on knitting stitches onto your needles in multiples of 4, then add an additional 2 stitches at the very end. This determines the width of your work. Select any number of stitches, as long as it is divisible by four with an additional two stitches.
If you would like to add a border to the sides, cast on additional stitches. My blue sample has two knit garter stitches added to the right and left sides. Therefore, I cast on six multiples of four (24), plus two (2), plus four stitches for the sides (4), equaling 30 stitches total. I also knit two rows of the garter stitch at the bottom of my swatch.
When knitting your work in the round on circular needles, simply cast on in multiples of 4 stitches.
Casting On and Off in Pattern for Ribbing Stitches
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.
Knit Row 1
Knit all stitches on your first row, which is the right side of the work.
Knit Row 2
Knitted Flat on the Wrong Side:
P2, * K2, P2 *
When knitting flat, begin by purling two stitches, then knit your stitch pattern repeat of two knit stitches and purl stitches.
Knitted in the Round on the Wrong Side:
* K2, P2 *
When knitting in the round, knit your entire stitch pattern with a repeat of two knit stitches and purl stitches.
Repeat Stitch Pattern
Repeat rows one and two until your work is the length you desire. Bind off when complete!
Printable Knitting Instructions
- Yarn - Any Gauge
- Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
- Tapestry Needle
KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:
Cast On: Multiples of 4, plus 2
- Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All
- Row 2 (Wrong Side): P2, * K2, P2 *
IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:
Cast On: Multiples of 4
- Row 1: Knit All
- Row 2: * K2, P2 *
Repeat Rows 1 – 2 until your piece is the length you desire
Repeat pattern between the * * asterisks
Not a Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern
- Slip Knot
- CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
- K = Knit Stitch
- P = Purl Stitch
- BO = Bind Off
- Weave In Ends
Thank You for Visiting Studio Knit
I hope you are inspired to knit up this Garter Ribbing Stitch Knitting Pattern in your next knitting project. Check out my entire library of free stitch patterns!
If you’d like even more great ideas, please make sure you join my mailing list. It’s a free and easy way for us to stay connected.