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How to Knit the Rank and File Stitch

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the rank and file stitch. This slip stitch pattern creates a ribbed fabric with an interesting texture. It’s great for men’s scarves, sweater accents, and blankets.

Skill: Easy
Cast On: Multiples of 2

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Knit – k
Purl – p
Slip Stitch – sl
Yarn Forward – yf
Yarn Back – yb

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: K1, *yf, sl 2, yb, sl 2 back to main needle, k those 2 sts; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 3: K1, *p1, yb, sl 1, yf; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 4: K1, *yf, sl 1, yb, k1; rep from * to last st, k1

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Rank and File Stitch Right Side
Example of the Rank and File Stitch Right Side (click for larger)

Example of the Rank and File Stitch Wrong Side
Example of the Rank and File Stitch Wrong Side (click for larger)

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