How to knit the Fisherman’s Rib with knit stitches only. No purling
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How to knit the Fisherman’s Rib with knit stitches only (no purling!)

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit and bind off the Fisherman’s Rib using only knit stitches (no purling required, yay!!!).

Similar to the original one, we practiced a while ago, this version is simply brilliant!


Well… this pattern features everything we knitters love:

First of all, it’s a one-row repeat pattern: We’ll start with a setup row which will be done just once, and from there, there is only one row to repeat until the project is finished.

Secondly, it’s pretty easy to knit: There are only two steps to memorize. Could not be easier!

In third place, it’s a totally reversible pattern (identical on both sides).

Last but not least, it doesn’t curl, no matter what you do 🙂

In summary, the Fisherman’s Rib stitch is a great pattern for scarves, wraps, hats, blankets, infinite cowls, and sweaters or cardigans.

By the way, if you make a mistake, I have a tutorial to show you how to solve it. Just click here.

Ok, let’s get busy!


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 from the previous row and knit).

passo: pass the stitch over

BO: Bind off

This swatch was made using Tweed effect wool yarn (soft and lightweight) #ad

Fisherman's Rib knitting pattern for beginners. So Woolly.

And carbonized bamboo knitting needles (short and soft, great for swatches and small projects) #ad

Fisherman’s Rib knitting pattern (no purling required)

CO multiples of 2 (this number includes 2 edge stitches).

Setup row (RS): K across

1º and only row: K1 (edge), *K1, K1bo*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1.

This last row creates the pattern. Repeat until the desired length is reached.

When finished BO after a row 2 (RS), as shown in the video tutorial.

Fisherman's Rib with knit stitches only. A one-row repeat knitting pattern for beginners. So Woolly.

The demonstration below shows both, English and Continental style, enjoy!

How to knit the Fisherman’s Rib with knit stitches only

Thank you for watching!

Hugs, and happy knitting


Carolina – So Woolly

PS: If you love the looks of this kind of pattern, don’t miss the Shaker stitch (Half Fisherman’s Rib)

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