Interrupted Rib Stitch

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The Interrupted Rib Stitch pattern is an easy 4-row repeat pattern that is perfect for beginner scarves and baby blankets. In this video, Jen Lucas demonstrates how to knit this simple and fun stitch pattern when working back and forth in rows. The fabric is created by working two rows of knit-1, purl-1 ribbing and is then “interrupted” by two rows of Reverse Stockinette Stitch. While this stitch pattern does involve working ribbing, it’s not as elastic as other ribbed patterns, due to the additional rows of Reverse Stockinette Stitch.


Worked over a multiple of 2+1 stitches, or an odd number of stitches.

– 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.

Rep rows 1 – 4 for pattern.


k: knit

p: purl

rep: repeat

RS: Right Side

WS: Wrong Side

While this stitch pattern is not completely reversible (the Right Side looks different than the Wrong Side), both sides of the fabric are beautiful, making it a good choice for those reversible knitting projects. Even though the Right Side and Wrong Side look different, you may find it helpful to use a locking stitch marker to mark the Right Side of the work to help keep track of your place.