Interrupted Rib Stitch Pattern: How to Tutorial for Beginners

Interrupted Rib Stitch Pattern  by Janice Jones 
|Published 11-30-2023

The Interrupted Rib Stitch Pattern is a simple pattern made entirely of knit and purl stitches.  It creates a textured fabric that resembles a simple 1 x 1 ribbing, but the difference, if you look closely makes it unique. 

Though it is not completely reversible, both sides look great.  I love this stitch because it works great for blankets, pillows, dishcloths and even market bags.  Let's take a closer look.

The interrupted knit stitch patter worked in a light colored wool yarnInterrupted Rib Stitch Pattern

Skill Level

This pattern is a very easy beginner-friendly basic knit stitch that requires one know how to make knit and stitch stitches.

About Janice

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k - Knit

P - Purl

CO - Cast on

BO - Bind off

*   *  Repeat instructions between astericks for the specified number of times

RS - Right Side

WS - Wrong Side

Skills Needed

How to make a knit stitch

How to make a purl stitch

How to cast on

How to bind off

How to read written knit instructions

How to weave in end

Notes About the Interrupted Rib Stitch Pattern

  • Made with knit and purl stitches
  • Worked on a multiple of 4 stitches
  • Worked on a row repeat of 4 rows
  • Not reversible but attractive on both sides
  • Beginner-friendly knit pattern

Is This Knit Pattern Reversible

Both sides are not identical but both sides look great, so technically, it is not reversible, but it would be a good choice for projects that require that both sides look great.

The right side showing of the interrupted rib knit stitch patternRight Side of the Interrupted Rib Stitch
The wrong side showing of the interrupted rib stitchWrong Side of the Interrupted Rib Stitch

Supplies Needed for This Tutorial

  • Yarn of your choice
  • Knitting Needles appropriate for the Yarn you are using
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Written Instructions fo the Interrupted Rib Stitch Pattern Tutorial

I used a number 4, worsted weight yarn, 100% wool and a US number 7 or 4.5 mm knitting needles.

Cast on Multiples of 4.  I CO 24 stitches.

Row 1: (RS) *K2, P2,*to end of row.

Row 2:  (WS) *K2, P2* to end of row.

Row 3: K across row

Row 4: P across row.

Learn How to Read Knitting Charts

This is a very knit stitch pattern that is easy to follow using written directions.  Still, its not too early to learn how to read and understand a knitting chart.  If you would like to check it out, here is a knitting chart for the written instructions for working this stitch on straight needles or flat knitting.

Interrupted Rib Knit Stitch Pattern in Chart formInterrupted Rib Knit Stitch Chart

What Can You Make With the Interrupted Rib Stitch Pattern?

This is an easy knit pattern that is perfect for beginners.  If you need a project to practice and use this rib, consider a:

  • Scarf
  • Cowl
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Pillow Cover
  • Washcloth

Interrupted Rib Knit Stitch
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