Ottoman Rib Step by Step

Ottoman Rib Step by Step

There are simple versatile stitch patterns that are handy when we want to add an interesting detail to our knits or to “whip up” a simple project from scratch.

Ottoman rib is one of those patterns. It forms a lovely textured fabric that looks a lot like ribbing, but is in fact, a “gathered” stockinette stitch.

It works great in cases when we want the fabric to resemble ribbing, but without the excessive stretch. For example, when we make hems or warm textured hats.

Unlike regular ribbing, ottoman rib is not reversible. The wrong side of the fabric looks like honeycomb stitch, and that makes this stitch a nice option for cowls, scarves and blankets that benefit from different, but equally beautiful sides of the fabric.

The best part is – this interesting pattern is ridiculously easy to knit. The magic happens over a 3-stitch and 2-row repeat.

In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can add ottoman rib to projects worked flat and the ones worked in the round.

Despite its rather sophisticated look, this stitch pattern is so easy that even very new knitters can make it without much effort. That’s what ottoman rib is – simple and versatile.


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Do you like to use different stitch patterns in your projects?

If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Ottoman Rib Step by Step | 10 rows a day
Ottoman Rib Step by Step | 10 rows a day
Ottoman Rib Step by Step | 10 rows a day