Broken Rib Stitch

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The Broken Rib Stitch


The Broken Rib stitch is a very simple yet rather beautiful Rib Stitch.

Unlike the majority of Rib Stitches, the Broken Rib is not reversible - at least not in the sense that you will see the same pattern on both sides of the fabric. You could argue that the Broken Rib is, in fact, two stitches in one as the reverse that is created is a beautiful raised dimpled text similar to the Moss Stitch or Seed Stitch. This reverse is sometimes referred to as the Rice Stitch.

So, what is the Broken Rib Stitch? The Broken Rib Stitch requires mastery of the two basic stitch techniques, knit and purl. These two stitches are combined in right side (odd numbered rows) by simply alternating between them - knit one stitch then purl one stitch and repeat throughout the row. This repeating pattern is "broken" by knitting every stitch in the wrong side (or even rows).

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Cast on the required number of odd stitches for your project. Row 1 consists of a repeating knit one, purl one pattern which should be continued to the last stitch which is knitted. Knit every stitch of row 2.

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

Difficulty Level:

Beginner Knitting Stitch Difficulty

Cast on:

Cast on an odd number of stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:



Traditional Instructions

Row 1: *k1, p1; repeat from * to the last stitch of the row; k1.
Row 2: k all stitches

Repeat rows 1-2 to desired length.

Broken Rib Stitch Chart

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Broken Rib Stitch Swatch Examples

Example of Broken Rib Stitch - Right Side

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Example of Broken Rib Stitch - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Broken Rib Stitch

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