Alternating Interrupted Rib Pattern

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The Alternating Interrupted Rib stitch pattern is a variation on the traditional Interrupted Rib stitch pattern. This stitch pattern offsets the ribbing pattern, adding a little more interest and texture to your knitting project. It’s the perfect pattern to use for knitted baby blankets and scarves. In this video, Jen Lucas demonstrates how to work this stitch pattern.

To begin, Jen compares this stitch pattern with the conventional Interrupted Rib stitch pattern, showing both the Right Side and Wrong Side of the swatches. She notes that the ribbing sections are offset in the alternating interrupted rib stitch pattern.


Jen works the stitch pattern on a swatch with 13 stitches. The pattern will be worked over a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1 stitch, or an odd number of stitches. She works the rows as follows:

  • Row 1 (RS): *P1, k1; rep from * to last stitch, p1.
  • Row 2 (WS): *K1, p1; rep from * to last stitch, k1.
  • Row 3: Purl all stitches.
  • Row 4: Knit all stitches.
  • Row 5: *K1, p1; rep from * to last stitch, k1.
  • Row 6: *P1, k1; rep from * to last stitch, p1.
  • Row 7: Purl all stitches.
  • Row 8: Knit all stitches.
  • Rep rows 1 – 8 for pattern.


    k: knit
    p: purl
    rep: repeat
    RS: Right Side
    WS: Wrong Side