The Rank and File Stitch :: Knitting Stitch #89

Stitch Description

The Rank and File Stitch is a slip stitch pattern which creates a ribbed fabric with an interesting texture. It’s great for men’s scarves, sweater accents, and blankets.

Video Tutorial


Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Slip Stitch
With Yarn in Front
With Yarn in Back

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 4

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 2

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 2

  • Row 1: Knit all stitches
  • Row 2: K1, *wyif, sl 2, wyib, sl 2 back to main needle, k those 2 sts; rep from * to last st, k1
  • Row 3: K1, *p1, wyib, sl 1, wyif; rep from * to last st, k1
  • Row 4: K1, *wyif, sl 1, wyib, k1; rep from * to last st, k1
  • Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Rank and File Stitch Right Side

Example of the Rank and File Stitch Wrong Side

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