Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern

The diagonal rib stitch pattern is a little different from the traditional ribbing stitches and creates a lovely textured pattern.  I think it's just so pretty.

Look how the rib stitches create a really cool diagonal pattern. The diagonal stitches almost look like steps. It's really pretty isn't it?  I just love it.

diagonal rib stitch

It certainly adds a little interest to plain knitting and you have to feel the texture of it. It's hard to explain but it feels really comfortable in my hand; a nice textured fabric, not too bulky. Of course you can use a bulky knitting yarn if you want too. It will still look lovely.

Some great things about this diagonal pattern are:

  • Lays flat and spreads out so you can really see the knitted pattern
  • Does not pull in (snug up) like regular rib stitch patterns
  • Looks great on both sides. Diagonal ribs go in the opposite direction on the opposite side.
  • Works great as an allover stitch pattern

I am thinking that the texture of this stitch pattern would make a really pretty skirt or pullover. But you can use it for anything you like. A blanket would be so pretty too. It is a very versatile stitch pattern.

If you are looking for a border stitch pattern that will lay flat and spread out, this would be a great choice although it is not very stretchy.

Make sure to knit up a swatch though so you will know exactly how it will look in your next project. It does spread out.


Even though the diagonal rib stitch is quite simple to knit, please be careful and go slowly. While it is a simple ribbing stitch pattern each row changes ever so slightly in order to create the diagonal lines in the pattern.


Multiple of 4 stitches

Row 1 and 2 (right side and wrong side respetively): *Knit 2, Purl 2; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 3: Knit 1, *purl 2, knit 2; repeat from * until 3 stitches are left, P2, k1

Row 4: Purl 1, * knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, knit 2, purl 1

Row 5: *Purl 2, knit 2; continue pattern from * to end of row

Row 6: Same as row 5

Row 7: Same as row 4

Row 8: Same as row 3

Knitting rows 1 - 8 will create this pretty pattern.


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