How to Knit Garter Stitch Rib, Knitting Stitches

A ribbing normally forms the basis of your knitted item - to knit 3x3 garter stitch rib, can add a different dimension to a garment you're planning to make.

The garter stitch rib is a reversible pattern in that the front and back of the stitch can both be used.

Actually, you can easily mistake the back of the stitch for the front. 

The purl stitch in the front, creates a delicate and softer column stitch. The ribbing has a horizontal stretch, which you want in a ribbing.

knitting stitches - how to knit a garter stitch ribbiNG



k       - Knit

p       - Purl

rep   -  repeat

st      - Stitch

sts    - Stitches

the pattern - 3 x 3 garter STITCH rib


Cast on an even number of stitches in multiples of 6.

First row - *K3, P3* - repeat from * to end

Second row - Knit to end

Repeat these two rows until your work is the desired length.

more about the rib stitch

A 1 x 1 ribbing consists of columns of knit stitches alternating with columns of purl stitches (with the purl stitches neatly tucked away in between the knit stitches).

The 3 x 3 garter stitch ribbing obviously forms a wider column of knit and purl stitches.

The normal 3 x 3 ribbing differs in that the 3 knit and 3 purl stitches are alternated in the 2-row pattern.

When purl is knit in the front and the same stitch is knit at the back, it always creates a more delicate stitch.


how to knit garter stitch rib How to Knit Garter Stitch Rib, Knitting Stitches

where to use the knit a RIBBING stitch

  • Waistlines
  • Cuffs
  • Necklines 
  • Hats 
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Hems
  • Throws

Variations on knitted ribbings

  • 1 x 1 Ribbing
  • 2 x 2 Ribbing
  • 3 x 3 Ribbing - this post
  • Garter Stitch Rib
  • Moss Rib
  • Fisherman's Rib
  • Mock Fisherman's Rib
  • Half Fisherman's Rib
  • Broken Rib Stitch
  • Ridge Rib Stitch
  • Cartridge Belt Rib Stitch
  • Farrow Rib Stitch
  • Hunters Stitch

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