Horizontal Knit Welt Stitch  How-to Tutorial for Beginners

Horizontal Knit Welt Stitch by Janice Jones |Published 10-28-2023

Here's another popular rib stitch that is stretchy but stretchy in a vertical way as opposed to traditional ribs that stretch horizontally. So, if you thought that this pattern looks like a rib stitch, you would be correct. Also known as The Reverse Ridge Stitch Knitting Pattern, the term Welt, according to Knit Picks, is a raised tube of material that is worked into a knitted piece.

Horizontal Knit Welt Stitch swatch, yarn, and notionsHorizontal Knit Welt Stitch Pattern Tutorial

So, just to be clear, I’m not talking about the kind of welt you might find on your skin!

But when you think about it, the image of a welt forming on your skin could be where the name originated.

The knit welt stitch pattern consists of horizontal ribs created with knit and purl stitches. It seems thicker than it is due to the amount of texture that you can create with this simple repeat pattern.

This is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the right and wrong sides, are identical. It is also considered an excellent knitting stitch for beginners and is categorized as a knit and purl stitch.

The Right Side

Right side of a swatch created with the Horizontal Welt knit Stitch in green yarn

The Wrong Side

The wrong side showing of the Horizontal Welt Stitch swatch worked in green yarn

What You Will Learn 

In this tutorial, I am going to explain the types of skills you will need to create this pattern, needed supplies, provide the directions, and include possible projects you might consider.  Lastly, I'll provide a knitting chart that you can use if you decide to practice this stitch pattern. 

Skill Level

From the Craft Yarn Council, the symbol used to determine the skill level required to finish the project.

This is a beginner-friendly stitch pattern that novice knitters should be able to master quickly.

Skills Needed:

  • Cast on
  • Bind Off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Weave in Ends 
  • Understanding Abbreviations
  • Reading Knit Charts

Supplies Needed:

For this stitch tutorial, use whatever yarn you have on hand and the corresponding knitting needles.

  • For the tutorial, I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, a worsted-weight acrylic yarn
  • Number 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • One crochet type stitch marker for identifying the right side of the work (optional)

Stitch and Row Repeats

It is very beginner-friendly because all you need to know is how to make purl and knit stitches. It's also a 6-row repeat, which is easy to memorize. This pattern is also very similar to my purl ridge knit pattern tutorial. This link takes you to my free dishcloth pattern.

What can you make with the Horizontal Welt Knit Stitch?

This knit pattern works well for blankets and scarves. Designers have also used this stitch to create hats.  I personally think it would be very easy to knit some fingerless gloves without the need for too much math and measuring.


  • CO: Cast on
  • st: Stitch
  • P: Purl
  • K: Knit
  • RS: Right side of the work
  • BO: Bind off
  • WS: Wrong side of the work

Notes About the Horizontal Knit Welt Stitch (AKA The Reverse Ridge Stitch Knitting Pattern)

  • For a more professional, balanced look, bind off after row 5.
  • If you are making something such as a blanket or scarf, you might want to consider adding a border.  If you also crochet, a single crochet border might make a nice thin border or if you prefer, add a picot edge for a more decorative touch.

How to Make the Horizontal Welt Stitch Pattern

Cast On any number of stitches.

Rows 1: (RS) K

Row 2: (WS) P

Row 3: K

Row 4: K

Row 5: P

Row 6: Knit

Repeat these six rows until you reach your desired length. Bind off and weave in ends.

View this Knit Stitch on a Knitting Chart

Horizontal Knit Welt Stitch Chart Pattern

This beginner-level stitch doesn’t require a knitting chart, but if you learn how to use one now, it will be much easier when you attach more complicated stitch patterns.

This is a very simple chart.  For more information on knitting charts, check out the knit chart tutorial.

The Horizontal Welt Knit Stitch:  Pin for Future Reference

The Horizontal Welt Knit Stitch Pattern pin image

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About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

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