Ripples & Ribs Stitch, Stitchology 38

Front Side Ripples & Ribs


This is a stitch that is full of loft, texture, and lines, both straight and wavy.  The best  part of this new stitch is that it is completely reversible, with its vertical lines trailing between sections of texture along the front side, and lovely undulating ripples showing horizontally across the back side.  Feel free to use this stitch on anything for which both sides will be featured, such as scarves, blankets, and even reversible hats!

Back Side Ripples & Ribs

We have changed the format just a little bit for our Stitchology Column.  Each of the featured stitches will be explained row by row via both written and video instructions.  We will be focusing on highlighting the repeating stitch pattern itself, so that you can enjoy the freedom of putting these new stitch patterns to use in your own projects as creativity strikes.  We hope you will enjoy this new way of learning new stitches with us! 🙂

Find all the previous Stitchology Columns at this link here.

Special Stitch Instructions

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.


K,k: knit

P,p: purl

WY: working yarn

S1, s1: slip one stitch (simply skip this peg while carrying the working yarn behind the peg)

rep: repeat.


Chart Key for Repeating Pattern Rows

 Ripples & Ribs Repeating Pattern 

To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 6—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.

Repeating Pattern for working as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a number divisible by 6.  Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):

Row 1: *s1, k1, p1, s1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 2: *p2, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 3: *s1, p2, rep from * to end.

Row 4: *p1, k3, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 5: *s1, k2, rep from * to end.

Row 6:  *k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, rep from * to end.

Row 7: Repeat Row 3.

Row 8: Repeat Row 2.

Row 9: *s1, p1, k1, s1, k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Row 10: k all sts.

Rep rows 1-10 for desired length.


Repeating Pattern for working in the round (Begin from right to left/clockwise, cast on a number divisible by 6):

Round 1: *s1, k1, p1, s1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Round 2: *k1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 3: *s1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 4: *k1, p1, k3, p1, rep from * to end.

Round 5: *s1, k2, rep from * to end.

Round 6:  *k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Round 7: Repeat Row 3.

Round 8: Repeat Row 2.

Round 9: *s1, p1, k1, s1, k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Round 10: k all sts.

Rep rounds 1-10 for desired length.


Have questions or comments?  Please feel free to leave a message for Bethany in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “Ripples & Ribs Stitch, Stitchology 38

  1. Hi Bethany, I just watched the video on the new Ripples & Ribs stitch and I absolutely love it. Can you tell me what cast on and bind off you used please and thank you.


  2. I’m so glad you like the stitch, Corry! 🙂 I pretty much always use the Chain Cast On and the Basic Bind Off for all my projects. They look very similar to each other, so provide nicely matched edges.

  3. Hi Bethany,
    I just discovered this stitch pattern and I love it but I’m a bit confused. I followed the pattern instructions but both edges of my project (scarf) are two completely different edges. Are you suppose to add a border so that both edges are the same? I would really appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you.

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