Fisherman’s Rib Stitch AKA Knit One Below

fishermans rib stitch

The Fishermans Rib stitch is best for making warm hats and scarves (with wool) because it creates a plush feel with airy loops. It’s an easy stitch to learn and repeat, and you don’t really need a video, but here is one anyway. I just found one at Purl Soho (Seafaring Scarf pattern), which is my favorite place for video tutorials.

For a scarf, use a super bulky yarn, like used for the scarf link above. **Use two thinner yarns together with slight color differences?

Basically, to begin a project using this stitch – cast on in multiples of 2+1 (odd number of stitches).  End and begin with a knit stitch.

Row 1: K1, P1 across ending with a Knit.

Row 2: K1, *K1b, P1 – across, ending with last 2 stitches being K1b, K1

Row 3: K1, *P1, K1b – across to last 2 stitches, do P1, K1.

Repeat rows 2 & 3.

I used big needles with green cotton yarn so my stitches are very loose but look similar to the tutorial.

See the scarf I knit with this stitch.

fishermans rib stitch

The edges on this cotton dishcloth are not right. (I was playing around with it trying to remember how to make the i-cord edging, which I used to know how to do.)

Fishserman’s Rib Trial #2

I am such a novice knitter. I tried over the weekend to begin a scarf using the Fisherman’s Rib stitch, which is a new one I love. However, first I cast on too many stitches (like 40) and tried to do an i-cord edging.
It was too big so I ripped it out.

Fishermans rib stitch project
Fisherman’s Rib knit stitch

The yard is a pretty green with some blue mixed in. (My photo looks more blue than it is in reality.) It is Cascade 220 Heather, but I’m not sure of the color name.

Here’s what I did:
CO 32 stitches using long tail cast on.
Row 1: K3, then {P1, K1} across to last 3 stitches. Slip last 3 purl wise.
Turn, K3, then P1, K1B (fishermans rib) – do this across.

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A larger needle size makes this a puffy sort of stitch.

So I began again and cast on 29 stitches. I didn’t do the i-cord edging, but purled the first stitch and knit the last for each row. Aside from that, the stitch was the FRib with purls over purls, and K1B (knit one beneath) for the pattern.

A hat knit in the round needs to have another type of row – going round and round in this stitch does not work.
This video tutorial is excellent and shows more than just the stitch.


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