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How to Knit the 2x2 Rib Stitch | Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series Part 7

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

Hello and welcome to Part 7 of the Learn to Knit Series. In this post, you'll learn how to knit 2x2 Ribbing using the purl and knit stitch! Make sure you are armed with knitting knowledge from the posts earlier in the series before diving into this one. It's all free! Click here for the entire collection of blog posts or here for the first.

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2x2 ribbing is a fairly simple stitch overall. This might be just as common as the stockinette stitch, as we discussed in that post. You might find a sweater with cuffs of 2x2 ribbing or a pair of socks with a rim of the 2x2 rib stitch.

Compare your knitted garments to a swatch of this stitch, pictured below.

Now that you're familiar with the appearance of 2x2 ribbing, you can gather the materials listed below so you can craft it yourself!


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Once you have your materials ready to go, you can begin knitting using the following step-by-step instructions.

How to Knit the 2x2 Ribbing Stitch

1. Cast-on an even number of stitches

Even better, in multiples of four (eight, twelve, sixteen, twenty, etcetera), but it's not the end of the world if you cast-on an even number not divisible by four.

I cast-on twenty stitches for this post's example.

2. Knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches, and repeat until the row is finished

In the first photo below, you'll see the first two knit stitches. In the next picture are the two purl stitches, and in the last is the finished row.

3. Repeat step 2 until your project measures to your desired length

We demonstrate rows 2-4 in the following pictures.

That's it for the 2x2 rib stitch! Not bad, right? We hope you enjoyed this post and found some joy while creating this classic stitch. Thank you for being here and congrats on reaching the end of this post! If you have any remaining questions or comments let me know via email at or the comments down below.

See you in the next post of the series- How to Knit the Seed Stitch and 1x1 Rib Stitch!


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