Knit the Sailor’s Rib stitch pattern

This ribbing pattern is perfect for scarves and other simple knits. Sit down, relax and get knitting!

Sailors rib stitch

Add some sophisticated texture to your knits with this Sailor’s Rib stitch. This pattern is perfect for cowls, scarves, bags, or anything you want to add some texture to. Try swapping a plain rib with this stitch for something a little different.


To knit the Sailor’s Rib, just follow this stitch pattern to the desired length:

Sailor’s Rib

Cast on a multiple of 3 sts plus 1. (Try 43 sts.)

Row 1 K1, *P2, K1; rep from * to end.

Row 2 (RS) P1, *CR2F, P1; rep from * to end.

Row 3 As row 1.

Row 4 P1, *CR2B, P1; rep from * to end.

These 4 rows form the pattern.


CR2B(F) cross 2 back (front) Knit into the back (front) of the second st on the left hand needle, then knit into the front of the first, slipping both sts off the needle at the same time.


C2F cable 2 forward Sl next st onto cable needle and hold at front of work, K1 st then K st from cable needle.