Broad Spiral Rib Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

The Broad Spiral is a mock cable ribbing stitch. It consists of columns of small cable twists, stacked closely on top of each other creating a spiral effect. The trick is the mock cable, which uses a variation of a knit two together decrease to make the cable twist. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it and less cumbersome to knit than a 1/1 cross cable.

These cable ribs are a little wider than usual, but the end result can be used in anything from a sweater to scarf to a hat.

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

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Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiple of six + 2

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiple of 6 sts + 2.

  • Row 1 (Wrong Side): K2,*p4, k2; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: P2, *(k2tog but do not sl from needle, insert right hand needle between the sts just knitted tog, and knit the 1st st again; then sl both sts from needle tog) twice, p2; rep from * to end.
  • Row 3: K2,*p4, k2; rep from * to end.
  • Row 4: P2, *k1, k2tog and knit 1st st again as before; k1, p2; rep from * to end.

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

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