How to knit and bind off the Fishermans Rib stitch
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit and bind off the original Fisherman’s Rib stitch

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit and properly bind off the original version of the Fisherman’s Rib stitch.

A traditional, reversible, two-row repeat pattern, identical on both sides, great for knitting fisherwomen’s and fishermen’s scarves, cowls, blankets, and jumpers or cardigans. It is also suitable for non fishing folk.

The Fisherman’s Rib stitch is a spongy and pretty stretchy pattern (spongier than the Shaker stitch or Half Fisherman’s Rib we practiced some weeks ago). It lays flat (it never curls), similar but easier to the Brioche stitch.

A reversible knitting stitch, the Fisherman's Rib is a two-repeat pattern, identical on both sides. So Woolly.


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

K1bo: Knit one stitch from the row below (insert the needle in the stitch form the previous row and knit).

passo: pass the stitch over

BO: Bind off

Fisherman’s Rib stitch

For symmetry, CO an odd number of stitches (it will include 2 edge stitches, the first and the last, which will be knitted on each row).

Set up row: K1, *K1 P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K1, K1.

1º row (RS): K1, *P1, K1bo*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, P1, K1.

2º row: K1, *K1bo, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K1bo, K1.

These last two rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO after a row 2, as follows:

K2, pass the st over, *K1bo, passo, K1, passo*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1, passo.

This is the other side of the work:

Fishermans Rib stitch knitting pattern, explained step by step. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

Fisherman’s Rib stitch

And this is it for today, my little Woollies! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thank you for watching, and happy knitting 😀


Carolina – So Woolly

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