Saturday, October 4, 2014

How To Knit the Fisherman's Rib



The fisherman's rib is a beautiful reversible pattern that looks almost identical to the "brioche" stitch; the two stitches have different patterns, but end up looking very similar once worked up. This stitch is pretty much the cousin of the rib stitch: looking like a wide/stretched out version of the 1x1 rib. It's a great pattern for scarves since it's thick, has a lot of horizontal stretch, and the pattern is reversible. The edges don't curl in and will lay flat, which is nice since this means you don't have to block your piece of work.


To knit the fisherman's rib:

Cast on an odd number of stitches.
ROW 1: K1, *P1,K1*
ROW 2: P1, *K1B, P1*
ROW 3: K1, *P1, K1B* until the last 2 stitches, then P1, K1


Repeat row 2 and 3 until desired length or next part of pattern. 


Abbreviations:
K1 = knit one stitch

P1 = purl one stitch
K1B = knit one below

I initially had some trouble learning this stitch because I was getting confused with the K1B (knit one below) stitch. The video tutorials I watched either went super fast, had poor lighting, or they just didn't zoom in close enough to show which loop to go through for the K1B. So I decided to create a video tutorial on how to knit the fisherman's rib where I go through the stitches slowly and repeat the instructions multiple times. I hope this will help some of you learn the fisherman's rib! The stitch is very easy once you get the hang of it. Happy knitting!


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