Broken Rib Stitch - Two Stitch Patterns in One

The broken rib stitch pattern is really fun and super easy to knit. It's great for beginner knitters to try too so grab your yarn and needles.

The broken rib is made up of one knit row, followed by a 1 X 1 ribbing row. The knit row breaks up the ribbing creating a really pretty stitch pattern.

One thing to keep in mind is that it's not as stretchy as a regular ribbing stitch so make sure to knit a swatch. 

Cool things about broken rib:

  • Lies flat
  • Looks lovely on both sides
  • Makes a pretty allover stitch pattern 
  • Is great for beginners

The broken rib will look absolutely beautiful on anything. Try using it for sweaters, shawls, scarves or hats. 

It is also a great stitch pattern for blankets and pillow covers because it's reversible.  It's really eye-catching. 

The hardest part is deciding which side to use as the right side.

This is the broken rib front view. You can still see the ribbing pattern stitch a little. But that one knit row is what makes it so special and pretty. 

Broken Rib Stitch Pattern

You have to see it on a shawl or scarf to really know how truly beautiful it is.  It's really eye catching.

This is the reverse side of the knit broken rib stitch. It's such a nice nubby textured piece of fabric.

Rice Stitch which happens to be the reverse side of the broken rib stitch pattern.  Both are lovely to knit

This lovely reverse side is called the rice stitch pattern and it's so pretty too. 

If you decide to knit a scarf or blanket each side will be different. What a fun knitting project this can be.

To download the broken rib stitch patterns click here

Broken Rib Stitch Pattern

You can knit broken rib stitch with an odd or even number of stitches. Both ways are just below.

Broken Rib Stitch

Broken Rib Using Odd Number Of Stitches

Row 1: Knit 

Row 2: * P1, K1, rep from * end with P1

These 2 simple rows create this pretty stitch pattern.

Broken Rib Stitch Using Even Number Of Stitches

Row 1:  Knit

Row 2:  *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row

Since the broken rib creates the rice stitch pattern on the reverse side I'm also including the knitting pattern for this stitch pattern too.

Rice Stitch Pattern

Broken Rib Stitch reverse side which is known as the rice stitch pattern

You can knit the rice stitch two ways. You could just knit the broken rib stitch pattern and use the reverse side. 

Or use the stitch pattern below as well.  For me...I'd probably work the stitch pattern below. 

The rice stitch pattern uses an odd number of stitches

You will also need to know how to knit through the back loop so the link will take you to a super easy knitting lesson.

All set?  Here we go...

Row 1: Purl 1, *knit 1 tbl (through back loop), purl 1, repeat from * across row

Row 2: Knit

These 2 rows create rice stitch pattern. That's all there is to it.

This is such a versatile stitch pattern making it wonderfully easy to incorporate into your knitting.

Would you like to try an easy knitting pattern using the broken rib stitch? Great, it's just below.

I like it so much I made an easy knitting pattern so that you can practice. And it's in a pretty autumn color too.

Broken rib cowl and headband practice pattern
Cowl and headband reverse side, this side is rice stitch practice pattern

The broken rib stitch pattern is the left picture and the reverse side (the rice stitch pattern) is on the right. I think it's so pretty.

And here's the Broken Rib Cowl and Headband Pattern

Happy Knitting!

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