The stitch produces a neat raised stockinette style ribbing effect on a garter stitch texture style backdrop. Whilst it does not give an identical reverse pattern, both sides of the stitch have a beautiful texture. Items made with this stitch feel stretchy and have a visually appealing pattern. This stitch is commonly used for scarves and blankets.
So, what is the 2×2 Garter Rib Stitch? The stitch is relatively straightforward consisting of only the knit and purl stitch techniques. These stitches are consistently repeated in a 2×2 pattern throughout the right side (or odd rows), alternating with rows of purl stitches on the wrong side (or even rows).
Ready to give it a go? Join us at the written and chart instructions below!
First, cast on the required number of stitches in multiples of 4 + 2 additional stitches for your project. If you want to start and end with purl ribs, you can omit the last two stitches which would end on a knit rib.
Now, starting on row 1, repeat the pattern of purling two, then knitting two. Continue to repeat this pattern until the last two stitches and purl both. The 2nd row pattern consists of purling every stitch.
Once you have completed row 2, simply reverse the fabric and continue repeating rows 1-2 until you have the desired size.
Techniques Used in this Stitch:
Row 1: *p2, k2; repeat from * to the last two stitches; p2.
Row 2: p all stitches.
Repeat rows 1-2 to desired length.