Garter Rib Stitch Pattern by Janice Jones |Published 11-11-2023
The Garter Rib Stitch Pattern is an easy beginner friendly stitch that is made up of knits and purls.
urls. Think of it as a two by two rib pattern with a couple of garter stitches between the stockinette column.
It works great as a rib pattern in projects where you want a rib to occur such as hat brims, sweater sleeve cuffs, or hems on a pullover. It is equally lovely in scarves, pillows, dishcloths, and blankets.
It lays flat, but for a more professional appearance, it's a good idea to block using the best method for the type of yarn you are using. Learn more about blocking your knitting projects.
This rib pattern is not as stretchy as some and is not reversible, though the back of the fabric has it's own charm. It's worked on a two row repeat of knit and purl stitches. The simplicity of the stitch makes it an ideal project for beginners. It's easy to memorize, so the perfect project for working when you are watching television.
The front and back do not look the same. Both appear as a rib stitch, but the wrong or back side is not well defined.
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on
BO = bind off
RS = right side
* * = repeat the directions within the set of astericks
Weave In Ends
This is an easy, beginner-friendly pattern.
Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, and then add 2 more stitches at the end. For the purposes of this tutorial, I cast on 26 stitches.
Row 1: (RS) Knit across.
Row 2: P2, *k2, p2*
Remember that the * * means that you repeat the instruction between the two asterisks across the row.
Repeat these two rows for the pattern, or until you reach your desired length.
Bind off loosely after you have finished knitting row one.
Weave in ends. Block if desired.
This is an easy, beginner-friendly pattern with only two rows of written instructions. Using a chart in not necessary for this stitch, however it's never too early to learn how to read a chart.
Check out my complete tutorial for learning to read a knitting chart.