Interrupted Rib Stitch on a Loom

Interrupted Rib Stitch

Interrupted Rib Stitch

This stitch also known as the Thermal Stitch does exactly what the name says, you have some stitches getting in the way of your regular rib stitch. It’s easy, looks good on both sides and works well for both men and women, what more can you ask for out of knots and yarn.

I am giving you the pattern for two Versions. The regular thinner pattern and my wider modified creation. My plan is to make a scarf for a man and by the time I get to that pattern I might just change things up a bit but in the mean time here is the pattern and video tutorial for the Interrupted Rib Stitch.

The interrupted rib stitchI have converted this stitch with some help from a pattern that I found in 400 Knit Stitches by Potter Craft. The book is a treasure trove of stitches, but you know how to needle knit or how to do conversions from needles to looms. It does help that the book has stitch charts. If nothing else it helps with figuring out the name of a stitch pattern.

Interrupted Rib Stitch

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The  website is another great source but again like the book it is only for needle knitters. However, sometimes just by looking at the fabric I can get some idea about the pattern.

But this busy thin pattern was not what got me wanting this stitch. My hankering started when I first saw a picture of the Boyfriend Scarf on Pinterest and followed that beauty to

It looked rich and manly. I’m not sure whether it was the stitch or the really good photography but I was quickly enamored and on a mission to figure out the pattern. Now the knitter calls it the Thermal stitch and that is what I was hoping to find. An image search on Google was what helped with the name I now use, The Interrupted Rib Stitch which is the most commonly used term whether a simple version a thicker wider type.. For Her Pattern: Click HERE


Interrupted Rib Stitch

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This original stitch pattern looks very nice with the right yarn. The scarf  to the left by reminds me of a subtle Waffle stitch without a lot of depth.  I liked it very much but the knitter did not give a pattern. She does however let you know that she is using the Interrupted Rib Stitch and is nice enough to show you both side. I am assume that it is the original version. Note that her’s was done with needles.

I was most happy about was  to see the use of a variegated yarn because it lets me know that even when a solid is not used you can still see the detail in the pattern very well.


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The Pattern : 2 Versions

Interrupted Rib Stitch

Reverse Side of Stitch

Pattern Notes: 

Loom: Any loom will work, round or long.  I used the KB Adjustable Hat Loom  as a Small hat in the 1/2 gauge setting for the sample in the pictures and on the video.

Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows for 1 inch ( Approximately)

Yarn: If using a large gauge loom such as the Knifty Knitter or Boye use Chunky yarn .I used the Canon Simply Soft in Pumpkin

Stitches: True Knit and Purl

Pattern is FREE here on this site – To Purchase a  Printable PDF: Click HERE


Regular Interrupted Rib Stitch Pattern (not pictured):

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1

Row 2: Knit 1, Purl 1

Row 3: Purl

Row 4: Purl


My Modified Version Flat:

I believe this pattern resembles the Boyfriend Scarf’s Thermal Stitch the best.

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 2

Row 2: Purl 2, Knit 3

Row 3: Knit 3, Purl 2

Row 4: Purl 2, Knit 3

Row 5: Purl


My Modified Version in the Round:

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 2

Row 2: Knit 3, Purl 2

Row 3: Knit 3, Purl 2

Row 4: Knit 3, Purl 2

Row 5: Purl






As always I suggest watching the video completely before starting the project. I hope you guys enjoy this video and remember that we are on a Weekend Stitch Series. The Interrupted Rib stitch is the third. Check out the Stitch Playlist on YouTube to see the stitches you’ve missed: Click HERE
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Comments: 25

  1. Tyfani May 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you Denise I added an extra purl so I knit 3 purl 3 I’m not sure if it will end up the same but I guess I’ll find out.

  2. Tyfani May 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    If i am going to do a hat what round loom should I use? I can’t figure out if I need to skip a peg or what but I tried using the 36 peg loom and I can’t figure out what I need to do.

    • Denise Canela May 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      The question is way way way to general to give a specific answer. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right loom. The pattern is in a multiple of 5. The stitch was done on a small gauge loom. You need to adopt the pattern to the recipient and the available loom. After designing a pattern – it needs to be tested. Yeah… not a quick answer.

      A large gauge 36 peg loom would work for a child and not an adult and yes you need to adjust the pattern for the extra stitch like adding a knit or a purl.

  3. Matthew March 1, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    If I was making a hat with this stitch, what color would you recommend? I absolutely love and am super eager to use it. Thanks in advance

    • Denise Canela March 3, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Hi Matthew – this stitch works well with ANY color – solid or variegated. I must admit that I do have a preference for browns and rust. 🙂

  4. Sylvia August 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    For a newbie. In the video you never you the yellow marked peg? Also for the knit and purl stitch always start next to the yellow one? And what is best cast on and off for the pattern.

    • Denise Canela August 13, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Hi Sylvia – this video is only for the stitch pattern – you have to decide on your edges, your cast-on and bind-off. Those thing depend on your project and not stitch. You don’t use the same bind-off for a hat that you would use for a blanket. … Tell me what were you wanting to make so I can better answer your question.
      1 more suggestion – see my new stitch pattern – I explain the yellow rubber bands: Click HERE
      Hope that makes sense.

      • Sylvia August 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm

        Thanks for replying. Trying to make a baby blanket. Yes saw the new video thank you that does help. I started with e wrap cast on and only left one stitch marker at the sides wonder if I should start over?

        • Denise Canela August 13, 2015 at 9:27 pm

          Hi Sylvia, you should be fine – but I never do less then 2 only because you need a turning peg to keep clean edges. For an idea on this I recommend you watch the video for the basic scarf: Click HERE – all you would need to do is to substitute the e-warp with the stitch of your choice and make the pattern wide enough to used as a blanket. I caution you that this stitch is a type of rib stitch and will contract. Which means you will have to knit A LOT wider then you want the fabric to be. Have you considered the Bamboo stitch or even the Tiny Heart which is an Awesome baby blanket stitch. It looks lacy but is actually very dense. Here is a gallery with all of my stitch tutorials Click HERE

          • Sylvia August 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm

            Thanks so much! So many ideas now. Very good videos.

            • Denise Canela August 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm

              You are VERY welcome Sylvis… let me know how it goes and share the pictures when you’re done. My email is

  5. Jenn May 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Great stitch and I cant wait to try it. Nice to see you are selling PDF’s of some of your patterns. You provide so much info on your site I would gladly pay for the PDF’s of your patterns.

    • Denise Canela May 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Thank YOU Jenn – I really appreciate it !

  6. Sandra Van Asch March 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Have you ever used the Martha Stewart Loom and Weave Set? 30 different configurations to set up for any project.

    How do I keep a flat panel from rolling on the edges? Someone said to use a K1 P1 on the ends and edges before using a stockinette stitch in the middle. Is that true? I am very new to loom knitting but I really want to learn so I am going to read this blog and watch your videos on YouTube. Thanks a million.

    • Denise Canela March 17, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Sandra, I have a MS but have not used it yet. I’m very attached to my Knifty Knitter and Now to the KB Adj Hat loom

      As far as your edges curling – Yes it best to use a combination of Knits and Purls.
      Hope that Helps and Thanks for the Thanks.. Hugs,

      • Sandra Van Asch March 17, 2015 at 8:58 pm

        Thank you.

  7. D.A. Fox February 17, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Thank you! I saw that picture of the Boyfriend Scarf too and thought it perfect for guys. It’s hard to find a style that seems more masculine. I love this and I appreciate you showing us how to do it!!

    • Denise Canela February 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks DA Your always super sweet.
      Loomy hugs for You !

  8. Linda Jones February 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you so much for working out these wonderful needle knit stitches to looming! It is exciting to see looming jump by leaps and bounds. When I started looming back in 2005 we only did the ewrap. But with the talent and know how of knitters and loomers like you, we can do the most amazing projects! Love all these textures. I belong to stitch a day. Hopefully one of these days I will have time to figure some out…if they are easy
    Again, sending a Big thank you for all your work and information!!! Love this newsletter and your work.

    • Denise Canela February 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thank YOU Linda for all your kind words…. very much appreciated

  9. Teresa Matson February 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I really like the look of this! Will have to make a scarf for my brother in law with it! He will probably get next Christmas, but it’s never to early to start! Love your videos!

    • Denise Canela February 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      You are sooooooo right Teresa … and if you start early you can take advantage of yarn sales 🙂 . So glad you like my videos !

  10. Justine February 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    This a great looking stitch. One that I would like to make in the future.

    Thanks for posting it.

    • Denise Canela February 16, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      You’re welcome and THANKS for the THANKS 🙂

  11. Debbie Gilliam February 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

    This is a great looking stitch. I’ll have to use it the next time I make a scarf or maybe even another afghan. I’m too far in on my current loomed afghan to start it over. But I do love the looks of this one. Thanks for posting it.

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