Saturday, April 20, 2013

How to Knit the Slip Stitch Rib

Back to Basics :: Day Two

For day 2 of my Back to Basics series I'll be demonstrating the slip stitch rib. For this stitch, you will need to know how to purl, knit, and slip one purlwise (as if you are going to purl but then just slip the stitch).

This pattern calls for multiples of 5+2, I casted on 27 using worsted weight and size 8 needles.

Row 1: P2, *K1, S1P (slip one purlwise), K1, P2*   (repeat between asterisks until end of the row)

Row 1: Purl 2

Row 1: After purling 2 and knitting 1, slip 1 stitch as if to purl
(yarn in front)

Row 2: K2, *P3, K2*

Repeat these two rows until the end of your piece.
After a few rows, your piece will start to look like this....

Right Side
Wrong Side

This stitch pattern is great for cuffs or brims because it creates such a thick, squishy fabric. Personally, I like the "wrong side" of the pattern better than the "right side" and have used the wrong side for several different hat brims. This is a great pattern for beginners to practice slipping stitches and the alternating rows allow for easy memorization.

Need some practice in slipping? Try out this pattern! Stay tuned for tomorrow's next installment in Back to Basics.


  1. Great instructions, thanks for sharing

    1. You're welcome, I hope the instructions come in handy if you decide to try it out! :)


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