Sailor’s Rib Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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Photo of a periwinkle knitted fabric with a vertical stripe pattern followed by a text area that says "Learn how to knit Sailor’s Rib Pattern," and a back side photo of a periwinkle knitted fabric with a vertical stripe belowThe Sailor’s Rib Pattern has a very attractive rib structure that instantly draws the eye. The simple combination of knit and purl stitches is very effective and gives this rib pattern a very interesting structure.

In fact, the resulting rib texture is very attractive and is perfect for almost every possible project you have in mind, including sweaters and scarves.

Even though technically, this is not a reversible pattern, the wrong side of the pattern is also very appealing and can easily be mistaken for the “right” side of the fabric.

That’s what makes this particular stitch pattern especially suited for knitting projects where both sides of the fabric are exposed. Think eye-catching scarves and exciting shawls.

Like almost all ribbing patterns, the Sailor’s Rib Pattern has a nice vertical stretch to it.

Likewise, the stitch pattern is perfect for combining with other patterns. For instance, it will look lovely in panels combined with cables. Or you could simply just use it on its own.

This free knit stitch pattern is ideal for Level 3 - Easy Level Knitters

Techniques Needed for Sailor’s Rib Pattern

Abbreviation                       Description                               Tutorial

k                                                   knit                                              Knit Stitch Continental Style 
                                                                                                            Knit Stitch English Style

p                                                   purl                                              Purl Stitch Continental Style
                                                                                                            Purl Stitch English Style

K1-b                                            knit through backloop      Knit Through Front and Back Loops

Other Abbreviations Used

ws                                               wrong side

rs                                                 right side

rep                                              repeat

st(s)                                            stitch(es)

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Multiple of 5 sts plus 1.

Row 1 (RS): K1-b , * p1, k2, p1, k1-b,; rep from *

Row 2: P1, * k1, p2, k1, p1; rep from *

Row 3: K1-b, * p4, k1-b; rep from *

Row 4: P1, * k4, p1; rep from *

Repeat Rows 1 to 4 until you have reached the desired length


  1. If you want to knit this pattern in the round
    is it just Multiple’s of 5

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