Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern

The diagonal rib stitch pattern is a little different from the traditional ribbing stitches and creates a lovely textured pattern.  

It's pretty isn't it? 

You'll probably notice a lot of diagonal rib pattern variations too. It's quite a popular stitch pattern.

And this is just one small sample. The nice thing is it's pretty simple to knit too.

Just look how those simple rib stitches create the diagonal pattern just by moving the stitches over ever so slightly. 

Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern

The diagonal rib stitches almost look like steps.

Diagonal ribbing is a great stitch pattern to use if you're looking to knit something that will be reversible like a scarf.  

The only difference will be that the rib will go in the opposite direction. 

And since it's pretty simple this would make a lovely blanket or scarf, even a cowl or winter shawl.  They'd all be lovely.  

The nice thing is that it lays flat and spreads out also.  

Make sure to knit up a swatch though so you'll have an idea how it will look.

More Diagonal Rib Stitch Features

  • 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 with diagonal ribs going in the opposite direction 
  • works great as an allover stitch pattern

Note: Even though the diagonal rib is made with knit and purl stitches only, please be careful and go slowly. 

Each row changes ever so slightly in order to create the diagonal lines in the pattern.

To download the diagonal rib stitch pattern click here

Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern

diagonal rib stitch

This diagonal ribbing pattern is worked on a multiple of 4 stitches

If you'd like to knit a sample cast on 12, 16, 20 or 24 stitches.

Row 1 and 2 (right side and wrong side respectively): *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 creates this pretty pattern.

To continue simply begin with row 1 again and work through each row.

Happy Knitting!

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