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Quaker Rib Afghan


Quaker Rib Afghan.

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Throw your Ribs Around:

This great ribby blanket is the perfect cover up for cool spring evenings on the back porch. In the summer, you can use it as a picnic blanket in the backyard, at the park or even on the beach.

The Quaker Rib pattern is super-easy to knit and the texture of the yarn makes it even more interesting, though you could always use a smoother yarn if you like.


  • about 1,500 yards of bulky textured cotton yarn (I used Knit Picks Spinnaker, a 100 percent Pima cotton that has been discontinued)
  • one pair size 11 US circular needles, with as long of a cable as you can find
  • scissors
  • yarn needle


10 stitches and 16 rows per 4 inches (2.5 stitches and 4 rows per inch) in pattern stitch. Gauge is not critical.


Finished size is 50 inches by 50 inches.


  1. Cast on 125 stitches.
  2. Work in Quaker Rib, as below, for 50 inches, ending with row 14.
  3. Bind off.
  4. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Quaker Rib:

Rows 1, 3, 5 and 6: Knit.

Rows 2 and 4: Purl.

Rows 7, 9 and 11: Knit.

Rows 8 and 10: Purl.

Rows 12 and 14: Knit.

Row 13: Purl

Repeat for pattern.

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