Beaded Rib Stitch Knit by Janice Jones |Published 11-7-2023
The Beaded Rib Stitch Pattern is an easy design that is created with knit and purl stitches over a 2-row repeat. It is similar to the seeded rib stitch with a slight variation. You still see the little seeds between the ribs, but it looks more like a 2 x 2 rib pattern.
It lays flat, unlike the typical 2 x 2 rib and it is not reversible, though both sides look great.
This is a beginning level knit pattern.
Weave in Ends
k - knit
p - purl
CO - cast on
BO - bind off
* * - Repeat the directions between the astericks
Cast on a multiple of 5 plus 2 stitches. This just means that you will cast on a multiple of 5 such as 10, 15, 20, 25 and so forth, then add two more stitches.
Row 1 (RS): * P2, K1, P1, K1 *, P2
Row 2 (WS): K2, * P3, K2 *
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you reach your desired length. Then bind off in pattern for best results. Weave in ends.
A quick explanation for these directions:
Step One: Cast on the appropriate number of stitches. I worked on 22 stitches for the swatch photographed on this page (4 x 5) + 2. After casting on the appropriate number of stitches, you will start row one.
Step Two: Row one which will be the right side:
Notice that the astericks surround most of the directions, but not all. So, to begin, you will make two purl stitches, the knit one, purl one, knit one, and then go back and repeat those stitches beginning with the purl two.
Continue in this way until there are only two stitches remaining on the left needle. You will purl those two stitches.
Step Three: Row two will be the wrong side:
To work row two, you will start off by making two knit stitches. This time, the astericks surround P3, K2. For the rest of the row, you will make 3 purls, 2 knits, and continue making 3 purls and 2 knits across the row until there are no stitches on the left needle.
Step Four: Bind off in pattern
There are three beginner-friendly ways you can bind off.
When working in the Round you will cast on stitches in multiples of 5
Round 1: * P2, K1, P1, K1 *
Round 2: * P2, K3 *
It is likely that you won't need a chart to knit from since the written directions are easy and straight-forward.
However, it is always a good idea to learn how to read charts because as you grow as a knitter, patterns become more complex and charts are a good way to understand what to do.
The beaded rib stitch knit is a lovely textured rib stitch is slightly textured, not reversible and worked on a two-row repeat.
The pattern is made up entirely of knit and purl stitches and is easy enough for most beginner-level knitters to master. Consider this pattern for stand alone projects such as scarves, pillow covers or table runners.
It's also perfect for the rim of hats, cuffs on sweaters, or the lower edge on pullovers.