Ribboned stocking (stockinette) stitch

This is a knitting stitch that repeats over four rows. Each row starts and finishes with a knit stitch. On the right side rows, passing the yarn forward, slipping a stitch with the yarn in front, and then passing the yarn back again forms a horizontal bar at regular intervals across the knitted fabric. It forms an interesting, almost woven texture, to the knitted fabric.


In the UK it is known as ribboned stocking stitch. In the US it is known as ribboned stockinette stitch.

Abbreviations: k = knit, p = purl, yf = yarn forward, yb = yarn backwards / behind, s = slip stitch (purl-wise), st = stitch


Row 1: k1, *yf, s1, yb, k1, rep from * to last st, k1

Row 2: k1, p to last st, k1

Row 3: k1, *k1, yf, s1, yb, rep from * to last st, k1

Row 4: as row 2

Repeat rows 1 to 4 for pattern.