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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 row of 1 X 1 ribbing followed by a purl row so the ribbing gets broken up.

More broken rib stitch details…

  • Lies flat
  • Looks lovely on both sides
  • Doesn’t pull in or create as much elasticity so do make sure to knit up a swatch
  • Makes a pretty allover stitch pattern 
  • Is great for beginners

This stitch pattern looks absolutely beautiful on sweaters, shawls and scarves. It is also a great stitch pattern for blankets. Really eye-catching.

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

broken rib stitch pattern


This is the front view. You can still see the ribbing pattern stitch a little but by purling that second row it just makes it so pretty doesn’t it?




broken rib stitch pattern reverse


And this is the reverse side. It’s such a nice nubby textured piece of fabric and I only discovered recently that this pretty stitch pattern is called the rice stitch as well.

Hmm, does it look like rice to you?


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.

Or you may prefer to work this stitch pattern on an even number of stitches.

Even number of stitches

Row 1:  Knit

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


You can knit the rice stitch two ways. You could just knit the broken rib stitch pattern and use the reverse side. Or there is the stitch pattern below as well.  For me…I’d probably work the stitch pattern below.

Odd number of stitches

Note:  Here’s a really 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.

 Broken Rib Cowl and Headband 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 stitch cowl and headbandbroken rib stitch cowl and headband reverse side


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.


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