Broken Rib Stitch Pattern - Two Stitch Patterns in One

The broken rib stitch pattern is really fun and super easy to knit up. And this makes it a great stitch pattern for beginner knitters too, so grab some yarn and needles and let's get started. 

Basically, the broken rib is made up of one knit row followed by a 1 X 1 ribbing row so the ribbing is actually broken up and creates this lovely stitch pattern.

More cool things about broken rib:

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

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. 

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 front view. You can still see the ribbing pattern stitch a little but by knitting that one row it just adds a little extra to it and makes it stand out.


Broken Rib Stitch Pattern

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

And this is the reverse side. 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.

If you'd like to download the broken rib stitch patterns click here

Broken Rib Stitch Pattern

Cast on an 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



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. 

Rice stitch uses an odd number of stitches

Note: Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to knit through the back loop.  

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.



This is such a versatile stitch pattern making it wonderfully easy to incorporate into your knitting. And because 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
Cowl and headband reverse side, this side is rice stitch

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


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Happy Knitting!


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