Sunday, January 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib-It! January Block of the Month

Ah, the wonderful rib!  Be it 2 x 2, 3 x 2, 3 x 3—well, you catch the drift.

Handsomely handy for sweater cuffs and hems, sweetly stretchy, especially for hat bands, especially when you don’t have a chance to measure someone’s head before making them the perfect hat.

Piqué Rib--this month's freebie; directions below
But there are so many fabulous variations on ribs!  Barbecue, Teriyaki...okay, now I’m getting hungry.

Back to knitted ribs:  they are delightfully squishy.  They make nifty, nubbly textures.  They are classic, and in a class by themselves.

I thought a collection of rib patterns would make a great sampler blanket, and I've been scouting and testing variations off and on for a long time.  At last, I have thirty or so to get us started.  (Do you think that will be enough?!)

Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw will be arriving in several parts.  The patterns range in skill level from easy to advanced, and I plan to publish them in groups according to skill level.

Steep Diagonal Rib
There'll be a free pattern here on the blog each month in 2017, and the chance to buy a collection including more block patterns at the same skill level.  Be sure to join our free knit-along (KAL) group on Ravelry:  click here.

The pictures included here show the ones that are in the first collection, which I consider the easiest.

I can just hear people getting annoyed with me and saying, "Easy for you!"  But I promise, you only need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.  The pattern variations are in how you combine the knits and purls.

Zigzag Rib
Broken Diagonal Rib

Seeded Rib

Beaded Rib

Click here to buy all the patterns in Rib-It! A Sampler Throw, Part One. 

© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

I think January's freebie is quite attractive and I hope you like it too.  For the faint of heart, please note, row 3 is the same as row 1, and row 4 is simply knit.  Do not be alarmed at how good it looks!

Piqué Rib
Materials needed:
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn per square
#7 knitting needles
Optional:  stitch markers
4.5 sts per inch in stockinette

Directions are for knitting an 8” square, however, this stitch pattern is a multiple of 10 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 10.

CO 39 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, k3, *p3, k1, p3, k3, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, p3, *k3, p1, k3, p3, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  rep row 1.
Row 4:  k
Rep these 4 rows, slipping markers as needed, 10 more times.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Ribbed patterns tend to pull edges inward.  I lightly block my squares before joining them.  I say “lightly block” because it’s nice to leave some of the ribbed texture.

beg = beginning
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sl st = slip stitch
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side

Once again, you can click here to buy all the patterns in Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 1.  (The Piqué Rib is included as well, so you'll have the complete set of at your fingertips.  Instant PDF download, instant gratification!)  You can also buy it on Ravelry;  click here.


  1. Thanks Reyna. Your work is always so beautiful and you are generous with your creations!!!


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