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The 2x2 Rib Stitch


The 2x2 Rib stitch is a straightforward, rugged looking and reversible member of the Rib Stitch family.

This stitch, like most rib stitches, produces a reversible fabric which is stretchy, making it particularly suited for any projects that are fitted or specific areas of projects such as collars, cuffs, and hems that require a more shape-forming stitch pattern. It's pretty hardy, rugged looking nature lends itself well to those chunky winter knitwear projects such as scarves.

So, what is the 2x2 Rib Stitch? The stitch is relatively straightforward consisting of only the knit and purl stitch techniques. These stitches are consistently repeated in a 2x2 pattern throughout the entire project. Ready to give the 2x2 Rib stitch a go? Then join us at the written and chart instructions below.

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Cast on the required number of stitches in multiple of 4 + 2 additional stitches for your project (if you want to start and end with knit ribs, you can omit the last two stitches if you wish to end on a purl rib).

Starting row 1 repeat the pattern of knitting two, then purling two. Repeat this pattern until the last two stitches and knit both. The 2nd-row pattern consists again of knitting two then purling two, again knit the last two stitches.

Once you have completed row 2, simply reverse the fabric and continue repeating rows 1-2 until you have the desired size.

Difficulty Level:

Intermediate Knitting Stitch

Cast on:

Cast on multiples of 4 + 2 stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:



Traditional Instructions

Row 1: *k2, p2; repeat from * to the last two stitches; k2.
Row 2: *k2, p2; repeat from * to the last two stitches; k2.

Repeat rows 1-2 to desired length.

2x2 Rib Stitch Chart

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2x2 Rib Stitch Swatch Examples

Example of 2x2 Rib Stitch - Right Side

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Example of 2x2 Rib Stitch - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the 2x2 Rib Stitch

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