Eastern (Russian) Ribbing – a Simple Way to Make Any Rib Stitch Neater

Russian Ribbing - a Simple Way to Make Any Rib Stitch Neater

The swatches in this photo are not blocked. Without blocking, you can easily tell that the swatch on the left has a neater look and tidy edges because stitches are more uniform. This is the swatch made using the Eastern (previously known as Russian) knitting style.

Neatness is just a nice side effect of this simple way to make a rib stitch. You don’t have to be a seasoned user of Eastern knitting to make this type of ribbing. You don’t even need to work the whole project in the Eastern knitting technique. But if you want to improve the look of your ribbing without much effort, make it the Eastern way.

Here’s how this simple way to make a neater ribbing works step by step.

To transition to the classic knitting style knit all knit stitches through the back loop and purl all purls using the classic way of knitting. After one row, work in the classic knitting style as usual. Or, continue to work the Eastern way to knit faster with less strain on your wrists.

To learn more about the Eastern knitting style, consider taking the self-paced online course “Eastern (Russian) Knitting Simplified”.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #5. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (336 pages!) with this and 46 other tutorials included in the collection.

You will also receive three knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊

Russian Ribbing - a Simple Way to Make Any Rib Stitch Neater | 10 rows a day
Russian Ribbing - a Simple Way to Make Any Rib Stitch Neater | 10 rows a day
Russian Ribbing - a Simple Way to Make Any Rib Stitch Neater | 10 rows a day

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