Jen Lucas

Mistake Rib Stitch

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The Mistake Rib stitch pattern is a simple stitch pattern, perfect for projects like a one-row scarf. In this video, Jen Lucas demonstrates how to work this stitch pattern. She also shares her tips for being able to keep track of your work while knitting it.


The stitch pattern is worked over a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3 extra stitches. By having the three extra stitches in the stitch pattern, that’s where the “mistake” happens. As you are working along, you are knitting two stitches and purling two stitches. When you get to the end of the row, only three stitches remain, which makes it seem like a mistake. However, you work these last three stitches and then repeat the same instructions on the next row. This mistake isn’t a mistake at all – instead, it creates a beautiful texture within the ribbed stitch pattern.

Worked over a multiple of 4+3 stitches.

All rows: *K2, P2; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, K2, P1.

Repeat to desired length.

K: knit

P: purl

With every row being the same, it makes the stitch pattern completely reversible, perfect for projects like a one-row knit scarf or a cowl. If you’re having trouble keeping track of your place because it is reversible, you might find it helpful to mark one side of your work, especially if you are working a knitting project that switches to a different stitch pattern later in the project. If you set down your project in the middle of the row, Jen also shares how to find your place again. When working the pattern, the first stitch of the K2 will always fall over a column of knit stitches.

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One Response to “Mistake Rib Stitch”

  1. Lorraine Liggett

    What size of needle should I use for a men's winter ski scarf? What weight of yarn. I am truly a newby.<strong>

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