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Ruching Stitch - also known as the Ribbon Stitch



This stitch is very fun, easy to do, easy to memorize and offers a lovely squishy texture that would be great for a scarf, hat or baby blanket. The ruching of this stitch pattern is created by doubling the amount of stitches in indicated rows using a smaller needle. The ruching is then brought together by reducing the amount of stitches and then switching to larger needles.


I’ve designed a block pattern that would be wonderful for a blanket that utilizes 10” x 10” or 9.5" x 9.5" blocks. The patterns are free and can be located on my website.

For option 1: https://www.handmadebystacyj.com/ruching-block-1

For option 2: https://www.handmadebystacyj.com/ruching-block-2


If you'd like to see the video tutorial, you can scroll down to the bottom or click HERE. And, if you don't have time to try this amazing stitch right away, there's a Pin below that you can save to your Pinterest board.


There are two options for working this stitch. Option 1 uses the stockinette stitch to separate the ruching (see purple example below); Option 2 uses garter stitch to separate the ruching.



Ruching Knit Stitch tutorial image samples by Handmade by Stacy J
Here's a Pin in to save for later :)

 


Stitches & abbreviations used:

K: Knit

K2tog: Knit 2 together

Kfb: Knit front and back

P: Purl


Multiples of 1

Uses 2 different sized needles

For my blocks, I use sizes US 6 / 4 mm & US 5 / 3.75 mm for DK weight yarn and for the video tutorial I use sizes US 8 / 5 mm and US 7 / 4.5 mm for worsted weight yarn


Directions for option 1 (This has the stockinette stitch as the divider of the ruching)

  1. (WS): Purl

  2. (RS): Knit

  3. Purl

  4. Knit

  5. Purl

  6. Knit

  7. Purl

  8. Kfb in ea st; change to smaller needles for next row

  9. Purl

  10. Knit

  11. Purl

  12. Knit

  13. Purl

  14. K2tog across row; change to larger needles for next row

Rep rows 1-14 to desired length


** If working a square or a scarf, you can repeat rows 1 - 6 or 7 once more for an even top and bottom of the project.


 


Directions for option 2 (This option has the garter stitch for separating the ruching)


Note: This option does scrunch up a little bit more than the first option, but it does lay flatter and the edges appear straighter.

  1. (WS): Knit

  2. (RS): Knit

  3. Knit

  4. Knit

  5. Knit

  6. Knit

  7. Knit

  8. Kfb in ea st; change to smaller needles for next row

  9. Purl

  10. Knit

  11. Purl

  12. Knit

  13. Purl

  14. K2tog across row; change to larger needles for next row


Rep rows 1-14 to desired length


** If working a square or a scarf, you can repeat rows 1 - 6 or 7 once more for an even top and bottom of the project.




I hope you enjoyed learning this lovely stitch and try it out on a project. If you do make something with the Ruching Stitch, please tag me on social media @handmadebystacyj - I'd love to see your makes! To know when more stitches and patterns are added, please check back often or subscribe to my newsletter.


💕Stacy J



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