How to Knit the Broken Rib Stitch

By Kristi Porter

Knitting has its share of stitches with poetic or funny names — for instance, the broken rib stitch. What’s broken in this broken rib stitch (which is a false rib) is the pattern. Only every other row is actually ribbed, making a broken rib quicker and easier to knit than most ribs. It lies flat and has an interesting, though different, look on each side.


Follow these steps to work broken rib when you’re knitting flat. Practice with a swatch:

  1. Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern:

    Row 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.

    Row 2: Purl.

    Repeat these 2 rows for the pattern.

Work broken rib in the round:

  1. Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches.

  2. Knit according to this stitch pattern:

    Round 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

    Round 2: Knit.

    Repeat these 2 rounds for the pattern.