Seeded Rib Knit Stitch Pattern, by Janice Jones |Published 11-02-2023
What do you get when you add the knit seed stitch to a 1 x 1 rib stitch? OK, so just kidding, but all joking aside, the seeded rib knit stitch creates a lovely textured fabric that can be used in a wide variety of projects.
The thick columns of knits make this a perfect choice for blankets, scarves, cowls, and other wearables. You may see this pattern on hat brims, sleeve cuffs, and bottoms of sweaters or cardigans.
But don't stop there. Imagine what you can do with this pattern. Like many rib stitches, the seeded rib stitch pattern is a reversible stitch, which means that the front of the work is exactly like the back of the work. So, even new knitters can master this one quickly.
The best part of this rib stitch is that it is beginner-friendly and easy to knit. It comprises nothing but knits and purl stitches, worked in a two-row repeat on a stitch repeat of four plus three.
It works great in almost any type of yarn, including wool, acrylic, and even cotton. It is also easy to make whether you use flat or circular needles. The directions for both are included in this tutorial.
What you end up with is a thick, textured rib that lies flat and looks like little columns of knit stitches separated by little bumps or seeds. I have also heard this stitch called the English Mock Rib Pattern.
This is a basic or beginner level stitch pattern.
WS = wrong side
RS = right side
K = knit
P = purl
CO = cast on(I recommend the long-tail cast-on method, the easiest for beginners)
BO = bind off (I recommend that you bind off in pattern for a nice bindoff edge)
* * Repeat the instructions within the asterisks for the indicated number of times
If you add edge stitches, cast on two additional stitches, one for each side of the row.
Then, before you knit a row, you will slip the first stitch on the left needle as if to purl with your yarn in the back.
Once you reach the end of the row, you will purl the last stitch.
I am using Lion Brand Limited Edition 100% Acrylic Yarn in Grey.
Knitting Needles US size 8 (5.0 mm).
Cast on 23 stitches using the long-tail-cast-method (4 x 5)+3
Row One: Knit 3, Purl 1, repeat until you reach the last three stitches. Knit the last three stitches
Row Two: Knit one, Purl one, Knit one. Then repeat the pattern, Knit 2, Purl 1, Knit 1, across the row.
Cast On: Multiples of 4, plus 3, which ends up being an odd number of stitches
Row 1 (Right Side): * K3, P1 *, K3
Row 2 (Wrong Side): K1, P1, K1, * K2, P1, K1 *
Work these two rows until you reach your desired length, bind off and weave in ends.
Cast On: Multiples of 4, which ends up being an even number of stitches
Row 1: * K3, P1 *
Row 2: * P1, K1, P2 *
The seeded rib knit stitch pattern really doesn't need a chart because the written instructions are very easy to read. Yet, beginners should get into the habit of learning how to read charts.
I hope I have inspired you to take your knitting or crocheting to the next level. The seeded rib knit stitch is perfect for any number of beginner projects, so I hope you will find some use for it in your next project.
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