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Broken Rib Knitting Pattern Broken rib isn't really a traditional rib pattern, and if you didn't know this pattern was called broken rib, you probably wouldn't call it a rib at all.

A column of knit stitches is accented by alternating knits and purls in this super simple pattern. To me, it is very springlike and feminine, and it would be perfect for a utilitarian item like a dishcloth that you want to still be pretty. The back side shows rows of purls and is still nice, but very different from the right side of the pattern.


March 24, 2007 at 10:27 pm
(1) Debra says:

I’m a newcomer to knitting and I’m trying to learn everything when I saw this I said ya’ I probably can do that but it looks fimilar to me being a newcomer as just the stockinette stitch.

March 25, 2007 at 10:19 am
(2) Fonda says:

Nope. Stockinette is smoother on the right side. All knit on one side, all purl on the other. You’ll get the hang of it. I think the hardest part of this pattern is constantly changing from knit to purl and back, more time consuming than stockinette stitch. It really IS very easy. Debra, I think you will like and enjoy this stitch. Did you know you can also knit backwards and not have to turn the fabric around with each row? I haven’t mastered that, yet! You’ll find you can never learn EVERYTHING there is to learn about knitting. After 30 years, I’m still learning more. Enjoy the learning process. That’s half the fun! Also, a washcloth is a great way to try a new pattern with faster results in finishing a project you can use. (And they last almost forever.)

March 25, 2007 at 12:06 pm
(3) Sarah White says:

Fonda is right, there’s always more to learn (I’m living proof of that–I’ve learned a ton from you all in the time I’ve been here).

And washcloths are great beginner projects; they don’t take a long time but are really useful. I’m just about to post a pattern for a washcloth that is almost all stockinette stitch, so it would be perfect for you. (And I probably will do a broken rib one soon, too!)

April 3, 2007 at 2:02 am
(4) Xtina says:

I ADORE this stitch.  I just made a gorgeous red scarf with this stitch.  I came close to redoing an entire sweater with this stitch.  Oh MAN.

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