How to knit the broken rib knitting stitch

The broken rib is a pretty stitch that will look beautiful in a range of knitting projects! Try using it for sweaters, shawls, scarves or hats. It is also a great stitch pattern for blankets and pillows.

This stitch is built up of columns of smooth knit stitches interrupted by columns of garter stitch.Β 

It’s easy to knit and a perfect stitch for when you master the garter and stockinette stitches and are ready to try something else!

Is broken rib stitch reversible?

No, the broken rib stitch is not reversible, but the back also looks nice. As a matter of fact, the wrong side of the broken rib stitch is the sand stitch.Β 

How to knit the broken rib stitch

This stitch is built up of only knit and purl stitches, and it only has two pattern rows. It’s effortless to knit and are a perfect knitting stitch pattern to start out with if you’re about to try something a tad more complicated than garter stitch and stockinette stitch.

Find all my knit and purl stitch patters here!

Abbreviations used in this pattern

K – knit stitch
P – purl stitch

Tip!
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Knitting broken rib flat

Broken Rib Stitch Pattern with an odd number of stitches

Cast on an odd number of stitchesΒ 
Row 1: KnitΒ across the row
Row 2: * P1, K1*, repeat *–* across row, P1

These 2 simple rows create this pretty stitch pattern.

Broken rib stitch using even number of stitches

Cast on an even number of stitches
Row 1: Β Knit across the row
Row 2: Β *K1, p1*, repeat *–* across the row

Keep repeating these two rows until desired length

Knitting broken rib in the round on circular needles

Cast-on on an even number of stitches, place a marker, and join in the round. The stitch marker is not necessary but it makes it easier to know when a new round starts.
Round 1: Knit the whole round
Round 2: *K1, P1*, repeat *–* the whole round

Watch me knit!

In this video, I show you how it looks when I knit the broken rib stitch. I don’t go through cast-on and bind-off in this video but I used the long tail cast on, as it’s my go-to cast-on. For the bind-off, you could use the basic technique of knit one and pass one over for this stitch.

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