Alternative Rib Stitch Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

Lilac knitted fabric with a alternating rib pattern followed by a text area that says "Learn how to knit: Alternative Rib Stitch Pattern, learnknittingonline.com" and a back side of the lilac knitted fabric with a alternating ribThe Alternative Rib Stitch Pattern is a really lovely Knit and Purl stitch pattern. In fact, it looks a bit like a combination of a rib and a basketweave pattern.

Whereas this is not technically a reversible stitch pattern, the reverse side is just as delightful as the front.

As a matter of fact, many might have difficulties in picking the front of the fabric. This makes it a perfect pattern for beginners who would like to impress with their newfound knitting skills.

Conversely, even though it is called a rib pattern, it does not have the stretch or pull as a “normal” rib pattern.

Therefore, our favorite knitting projects for this stitch pattern includes washcloths and baby blankets. Or why not try it out on a cowl pattern?

However, do not limit yourself to just these types of projects. You can easily substitute any stockinette pattern for this gorgeous rib pattern.

This free knit stitch pattern is ideal for Level 2 - Confident Beginner Knitters

Techniques Needed For Alternative Rib Stitch Pattern

Abbreviation                       Description                               Tutorial

k                                                   knit                                              Knit Stitch Continental Style 
                                                                                                            Knit Stitch English Style

p                                                   purl                                              Purl Stitch Continental Style
                                                                                                            Purl Stitch English Style

Other Abbreviations Used

ws                                               wrong side

rs                                                 right side

rep                                              repeat

st(s)                                            stitch(es)

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Multiple of 6 sts

Row 1(RS): Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: * k2, p2, k2 *; rep from * to * to last st, K1

Row 4: Work each st in the manner that it presents

Row 5: Work each st in the manner that it presents

Row 6: Work each st in the manner that it presents

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: Purl

Row 9:  * k1, p4, k1 *; rep from * to * to last st, k1

Row 10: Work each st in the manner that it presents

Row 11: Work each st in the manner that it presents

Row 12: Work each st in the manner that it presents

Repeat rows 1 – 12 until the desired length is reached. 

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