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Ribbed 3×2 Knit Stitch Pattern

Ribbed 3x2 Knit Stitch Pattern

beautiful 3x2 knit stitch that can be used for hats, scarfs, cowls, mittens, and more

Ready to add another knit stitch to your wealth of knitting knowledge? Then you will definitely like this one – ribbed 3×2 knitting stitch, that’s just a no-brainer choice for your next hat, scarf or cowl. Its lovely intertwined hearts made me fall in love with it at first sight. I decided to knit it with a light pastel color yarn and think there couldn’t be a better choice. The structure of the stitch allows it to stretch easily without deteriorating its look. Try it out and let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

Knitting materials and tools:

<> DPN 4 mm (UK 8 or US 6)

<> Debbie Bliss (Cashmerino Aran) 55% Wool, 12% Cashmere, 33% acrylic. Baby pink color: 50 grams -90 m per skein.

close up shot of the 3x2 knit ribbed stitch

Common abbreviations of knit stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

st(s) – stitch(es)

k2tog – knit two together

sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it’s done

ft – fish tail part: skip next stitch and count down 4 stitches starting from the stitch underneath the stitch on the needle. Insert the needle into the 4th st and pull the yarn (you are going to have a long loop), k3, count back 1 st (on the right hand needle), count down 5 sts ( it is the same stitch that we have been working before), insert the needle and pull the yarn (you are going to have the second long loop)

fish-tail look of the 3x2 knit stitch

Ribbed 3×2 knit stitch instructions:

Cast on a multiple of 5 sts plus 2 extra stitches, plus 2 selvage stitches.

Row1 (RS): sel s, *p2, k3 repeat from *, p2, sel s.

Row 2: sel s, k2, * p3, k2 – repeat *, sel s.

Row 3 (RS): repeat Row 1.

Row 4: repeat Row 2.

Row5 (RS): sel s, *p2, ft– repeat from * p2, sel s.

Row 6: sel s, k2, * slip long loop holding yarn in front, p3, slip long loop holding yarn in front, k2– repeat *, sel s.

Row 7 (RS): sel s, *p2, skpo, k1, k2tog – repeat from *, p2, sel s.

Row 8: sel s, k2, * p3, k2 – repeat *, sel s.

Repeat Rows 5-8 to form a pattern. No need to repeat anymore Rows 1-4.

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Elena Sinsay 18th December 2020 at 22:54

Beautiful pattern I’ve neveer seen before. Tried to print it out but only got narrow columns witth some instructions covered by signs such as privacy – terms. Is there a way to print out pattern on full pages and wihout additional comments.

Knitting Guru 20th December 2020 at 12:46

Hi Elena, I am sorry there is no currently such option on my site. I have to think what can I do to make it possible.

WILLA J JONES 7th February 2021 at 08:09

Copy & paste into a word document. I do it whenever “print” isn’t available.

Cheryl Hall 14th November 2021 at 13:05

Take a screenshot of the pattern. I do that all the time.

Kay Thon 22nd December 2020 at 16:32

I just did a copy and paste into my Pages program…..was able to then PDF to integrate into my Knit Companion App for implementation. I have a new grand baby coming soon….maybe a blanket?

Knitting Guru 22nd December 2020 at 21:25

hi, I love idea about the blanket but it will eat lots of yarn and time in my opinion. I am going to use this stitch for knit hat and will share it next month here. So stay tuned if you are interested.

Somersby 23rd January 2021 at 01:36

Lovely pattern. Thank you for sharing. In the “ft” instructions, the “Skip” was a little confusing at first. It was easier to think of it as counting 2 stitches across and 4 stitches down. For printing, I use “Print Friendly” button (available free on internet), to print patterns from websites, without all the ads, you can delete unwanted text/pictures, select text and picture size, print or save as PDF. I’m making this into a scarf, will do regular bind-off and will probably add a fringe to both ends.

Knitting Guru 24th January 2021 at 09:26

Hi. Thank you so much for your comment. I am going to add your explanation and will use it in a knit hat pattern where i am going to use the same ribbed 3*2 knit stitch. I will be also happy if you share a picture of your knit scarf when you finish it:)

Robyn 25th January 2021 at 08:45

Would make a nice cushion cover

Knitting Guru 26th January 2021 at 12:40

yes, I am thinking to try it with t-shirt yarn

Winnie 28th October 2022 at 23:35

great idea! 👍🏼

Lorraine Pugh 6th February 2021 at 03:13

One of the most beautiful knitting patterns I’ve seen, can’t wait to start it on a Beanie for
my Brother.


Knitting Guru 6th February 2021 at 21:46

Thank you so much! 🙂

Toni Covino-Wood MSN, RN 7th February 2021 at 07:01

I love this pattern for the ribbed 3 x 2 stitch and want to make it wider so that my boss can wrap it around her shoulders with a goal of making more for my elderly patients. Looking at the cast on number of stitches (Cast on a multiple of 5 sts plus 2 extra stitches, plus 2 selvage stitches) would I repeat all of these stitches X number of times to get the width I need?

Knitting Guru 7th February 2021 at 09:03

Hi, yes you are right, the number of stitches divisible by 5 plus 4

Helen 17th February 2021 at 07:40

the video was very helpful

Knitting Guru 18th February 2021 at 13:50

Thank you Helen

Haru 11th March 2021 at 09:21

Thank you for teaching me how to knit so cute!
I sell handmade knit products online.
Is it a problem to sell a product that uses the pattern you introduced?

Knitting Guru 13th March 2021 at 08:55

no, you are free to sell them. I will be also happy if you reference any of my social channels

Diane 11th March 2021 at 12:46

Hi Knitting Guru – wondering if you knitted a hat using this pattern and would love some instructions as to how to make one.

Knitting Guru 13th March 2021 at 08:53

Hi Diane. I will knit a hat, I promise, I just need to find a proper yarn

Susan Springer 12th August 2021 at 16:31

How would I knit this in the round? Is it possible? I was wanting to use it as the ribbing on the hem of my precious newborn granddaughter. I just can’t figure out how this would be done
Thanks for the lovely knitting help!

Knitting Guru 13th August 2021 at 15:33

Hi Susan. Please check this knit hat pattern, I was using the same pattern and knitted it in rounds×2-ribbed-knit-hat-pattern/

CK 22nd May 2022 at 18:52

I’m hunting for a hat pattern using this stitch with super chunky yarn. Any suggestions?

Knitting Guru 23rd May 2022 at 14:19

You can check this pattern×2-ribbed-knit-hat-pattern/, you do not need to change the pattern, for the chunky I would cast on 80 sts as well

Pamela Szabo 11th August 2022 at 18:48

I absolutely love this! Can this be converted for loom knitting? I can’t knit anymore because of pain,so I am loom knitting. I would love to see the hat you’re going to do but with instructions for the loom. Thank you and God bless.

Ann 21st August 2022 at 23:12

Hi. I am not a loom knitter. Sorry, I can not help you here

Joyce C 15th August 2022 at 11:14

I haven’t knitted in a while and am anxious to try this by pattern. I’ll begin with just the instructions as show. Before i wander off to try to make it bigger 😀

Ann 21st August 2022 at 23:13

Good Luck! Let me know if you have other questions!

Susan Springer Brewer 21st August 2022 at 13:09

Thank you so much! Two more grands on board- you’ve made it so much easier to understand for us visual learners; I appreciate your shares and patience. 🥰☺️

Ann 21st August 2022 at 23:20

owww, thank you so much Susan. Such a warm comment. It makes me smile

Teri Peralta 20th March 2023 at 09:52

This is a beautiful rib stitch, Ann, thank you. I was thinking of using this for the lower trim of a shrug. I don’t want it to pull too tight – do you think it would work?

Ann 22nd March 2023 at 21:10

Hi Teri. It will be tight but not too much. Tt also depends on the main shrug’s stitch pattern. You may use a bigger size needles for the ribbing part

Linda 29th April 2023 at 06:21

This is a gorgeous stitch! I am definitely going to find a way to use it, maybe a cowl! One question that I have, it seems you are always knitting through the back loop. Is that necessary? Or is that just our style of knitting garter stitch?

Ann 9th May 2023 at 10:26

it is a way of knitting or how I grab the yarn. Just knit and purl as you usually do


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