Project Linus Pattern

Mistake Rib Afghan

A simple pattern, nice design, and its size can be easily varied. This pattern lies flat, no puckering or rolling without the knitted borders. It is so simple even a beginner can make it with great ease, and an experienced knitter can work this up quickly.
-- Diane Richardson

Materials Needed

40 oz. 4-ply yarn for larger size afghan; 30 oz. 4-ply yarn for smaller afghan

size 9 or 10 circular needles


This pattern is worked in multiples of 4 plus 3. Large size afghan is 120+3=123 stitches to cast on; Medium size is 96+3=99 stitches to cast on.

Mistake Rib Pattern

Knit 2, purl 2, across row ending with a knit 2, purl 1. Repeat this row until end.


This is what I normally do as I like a knitted border on the top, bottom and edges. I cast on 135 stitches, knit 6 rows. At the beginning of the next row, I knit the first 6 stitches, place a marker, do the mistake rib pattern (see above) until the last 9 stitches. Then I knit 2, purl 1, place marker and knit the last 6 stitches. Repeat until you reach the desired length, knit 6 more rows and bind off.

Example: Size 15 needles, using a double strand of yarn, cast on 99 stitches makes a super nice sized afghan.