How to Knit the 2×1 Rib Stitch

2x1 rib stitch

Ribbing is a must-know in knitting

In this episode of B.hooked Knitting, I’ll be teaching you how to knit the 2×1 rib stitch. There are many different types of ribbing in the world of knitting but this one is one of my favorites. It’s versatile and easy to knit.

The 2×1 rib stitch is really great for banding projects like hats or clothing. It creates a very stretchy fabric that will conform to the person wearing it.

I’d say the 2×1 rib stitch is the next step in your knitting journey after mastering the garter stitch, the stockinette stitch and the seed stitch.  With these three you cover your basics and a little texture. If you’re finding this post before either of these,  I recommend you start with those tutorials first. Mastering the garter stitch will help you find your tension and groove with knitting and (in my humble opinion) is where you should start as a complete beginner. Knitting is immensely fun but it can be very frustrating if you try to do too much, too early. Ask me how I know that. Here’s my tutorial on the garter stitch:

How to Knit the Garter Stitch: Complete Beginners, Start Here

and my tutorial on the stockinette stitch:

How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch for Beginners

and my tutorial on the seed stitch:

How to Knit the Seed Stitch for Beginners

Now with that out of the way, the seed stitch will allow you to practice your knitting purling skills. This beautiful stitch is the result of knitting the purls and purling the knits. It creates a nice dense fabric with a lot of stretch. Depending on the yarn and needle sized used, you can do so many things with the seed stitch.

Practice Makes Perfect

The 2×1 rib stitch is perfect for reviewing your skills of “reading your knitting” and recognizing knits and purls as they are on your needles. In this tutorial, we’re going to work up a test swatch. You will only need 15-20 yards of yarn to get the hang of it. Any yarn in your stash will do and a pair of coordinating knitting needles.

My Recommendations

  • Clover Takumi US11 knitting needles
  • Caron Simply Soft

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How to Knit the 2×1 Rib Stitch

This tutorial is also available in a left hand version. Please click the link below to be directed to the left hand tutorial on my YouTube channel:

How to Knit the 2×1 Rib Stitch Left Handed

Resources Mentioned in Tutorial:


  • K – Knit
  • kwise – Knitwise
  • P – Purl
  • pwise – Purlwise


Written Instructions

Cast on aa multiple of 3 stitches

Row 1: k2, p1. Rep to end of row.

Row 2: p2, k1. Rep to end of row.

Repeat rows one and two until your project reaches desired length.

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