Directions for an Easy Ripple Knit

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Ripple knit is an easy pattern for a beginning knitter to experiment with. It combines just knit and purl stitches to form a wave pattern in the finished fabric. Once you master the pattern, you can make washcloths, scarves or even a blanket by adding more stitches and repeating the pattern along each row.

To Start

Cast on 28 stitches. This pattern has a 12 stitch repeat. These directions will knit two ripples per line with a two stitch border on each edge.

The Pattern

Row 1: K2 P4, K5, P3 K2 last 2 stitches Row 2: K2 K2, P2, K3, P2, K3 K2 last 2 stitches Row 3: P2, K2, P5, K2, P1 K2 last 2 stitches Row 4: P2, K7, P3 K2 last 2 stitches

    • in knitting means repeat the pattern between asterisks.


Cast off. Cut the yarn. Weave in the end. You can make the knit fabric wider by adding 12 stitches per row. For every 12 stitches you add, you will knit another ripple along the row. You can make your fabric longer by repeating rows 1 through 4 of the pattern.



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Based in North Carolina, Carol Taber has been writing since 2008. Her work is published on her blog, A Second Cup, and on various other websites. She is currently a features writer for The Wake Weekly and holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of New York at Buffalo.

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