Learn to Knit 1 x 1 Garter Stitch Rib

Don't expect for one minute that if you knit garter stitch rib that it will look like garter stitch at all!

Unlike other variations of the garter stitch rib, the 1 x 1 garter rib is not a reversible pattern.

If you compare the WS of the garter rib with the RS of the Rice stitch, the 2 patterns can easily be mistaken.

I'm hoping that you will love the simplemess of this knitting rib pattern.

knitting stitches - how to knit garter stitch rib

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k       - Knit

p       - Purl

rep   -  repeat

st      - Stitch

sts    - Stitches


  • Knitting Needles (I used 4mm, 6US, 8UK)
  • Elle Double Knit (DK) yarn / Light worsted yarn

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the pattern - 1 x 1 garter STITCH rib


Cast on stitches in multiples of 2 plus 1.

First row (RS) - *K1, P1* - repeat from * to last st, k1.

Second row - Purl across.

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) = true for the RS.

The WS creates a garter stitch type loop.

If you ask my why I like this stitch, I'll have to give you more than one reason:

  • garter rib is more stretchy than the 1 x 1 - k1, p1 rib;
  • it looks neater on the RS without having to knit in the back loops of the stitches;
  • the WS is a pretty pattern, which will make something like eg a scarf, so much more interesting.

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 
  • 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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