August 14, 2021

How to Knit the Ripple Twist Stitch

Inside: Learn to knit the Ripple Twist Stitch with written instructions, tutorial videos plus a free blanket square pattern in 3 sizes.

I am really enjoying these new stitches each month.

It’s a fun challenge to look for stitch patterns that I haven’t tried before and explore how they can be used.

This month’s stitch, the Ripple Twist, creates a unique basketweave pattern using twisted stitches.  These twisted stitches are like mini cables that add a little flair to a plain weave.

knit the ripple twist stitch pattern close up
Ripple Twist Stitch Pattern

The best part is that you don’t need a cable needle to create the twists. That keeps it easy enough for a beginner knitter that may not be ready to tackle a more complex cable stitch.

Ripple Twist Stitch Pattern Details

  • Uses knit, purl, left twist and right twist stitches
  • Flat: Multiple of 4+4
  • 8 row repeat
  • Knitting level: Easy
  • Not reversible

Practice how to knit the ripple twist stitch using this free blanket square pattern. The pattern includes instructions for 3 sizes plus a knitting chart if you’re like me and find a visual chart easier to follow.

Ripple Twist Square

By Kristen Mangus

knit the ripple twist stitch as a blanket square
Ripple Twist Square

Pattern includes written instructions for 3 square sizes, knitting chart and links to fully captioned tutorial videos.

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:


(Materials list may contain affiliate links to products I used to make this project. Using these links cost you nothing, but helps support GKK.) 

Medium (#4) worsted weight yarn
Red Heart Super Saver in Light Blue used in sample.

US 7 (4.5 mm) needles
Prym US 7 24” circular needle used in sample.

Stitch marker
Tapestry needle


LT = Left Twist (see notes below)
RT = Right Twist (see notes below)
K = Knit
P = Purl
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

New to knitting? I’ve got a How to Knit Beginner Video Series to teach you ALL the basics.


19 sts x 25.5 rows in 4” in ripple twist stitch pattern



Option 1: 7.5” x 9” (19 cm x 23 cm)
Option 2: 9” x 7” (23 cm x 18 cm)
Option 3: 12” x 12” (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm)


I’ve included two square sizes in this pattern that are commonly used to make blankets.  NOTE: Option 1 is slightly wider than the standard 7” width due to the stitch pattern multiple.  

The Ripple Twist stitch pattern is a multiple of 4+4 if you want to change the size.

Left Twist (LT): Skip one stitch and knit second stitch in the back loop, then knit the skipped stitch. Slip both stitches from needle together.

Right Twist (RT): Skip one stitch and knit second stitch, then knit the skipped stitch. Slip both stitches from needle together.

knit the ripple twist stitch progress picture


Cast on 36 (44, 60) sts.

Row 1 (RS): P1. *P2. LT. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P3.

Row 2: K3. *P2. K2. Rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 3: K1. *K2. RT. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K3.

Row 4: P3. *K2. P2. Rep from * to last st. P1.

Row 5: P1. *LT. P2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. LT. P1.

Row 6: K1. P2. *K2. P2. Rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 7: K1. *RT. K2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. RT. K1.

Row 8: K3. *P2. K2. Rep from * to last st. K1.

Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length. Bind off in pattern.


Ripple Twist Knitting Chart

The area in red shows one full repeat of the stitch pattern.


How to Knit the Ripple Twist Stitch Video Tutorials

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The following video tutorials demonstrate how to knit the Ripple Twist stitch pattern. They are fully captioned and available for both right and left handed knitters.

NOTE: The left handed video was created by flipping the original video. The terms Right and Left may not match up with the direction you see in the video. Follow the video rather than the audio instructions to correctly recreate the stitch pattern.

Right handed

Left handed

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About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the owner of GoodKnit Kisses whose mission is to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal online community of followers by sharing her personal passion for loom knitting, needle knitting, crochet and all things creative through YouTube tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and pattern design. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

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