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Diagonal Rib Stitch Pattern – Knitting Textured Stitches

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

If you’d like to try knitting textured stitches this is a great stitch pattern to start with. Look how the rib stitches create a really cool diagonal pattern. The diagonal stitches almost look like steps and it’s really neat to see it take form as you’re knitting.  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 nicely textured fabric that’s 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 the diagonal rib stitch
    • Lays flat and spreads out so you can really see the knitted pattern
    • It’s created with simple knit and purl stitches
    • 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 think 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 cushion cover would be lovely. 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.

Note:  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

If you’d like to knit a swatch then cast on 16, 20 or 24 sts. I did the math for you.

Row 1 and 2: *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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