After a crazy year of sweater knitting, I’m happy to be exploring some new ideas I’ve had floating around my head. Sometime in the fall of last year I started swatching with Fisherman’s Rib stitch, and experimenting with different ways to use it in different knits.

I decided to knit myself a cowl, just to get the hang of this “new-to-me” stitch. It flew by so fast, and I’ve been wearing it on all of our coldest days. I decided to offer it as a free pattern with some information about Fisherman’s Rib for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet.


How-to Fisherman’s Rib Stitch

Fisherman’s Rib is a thick, reversible rib stitch that creates a thick, squishy fabric, perfect for winter knits. It is worked over an even number of stitches +1. To create the Fisherman’s rib, stitches will be knit in a 1×1 rib (k1, p1) but on each row the K1 stitches will be knit into the stitch below the working stitch (k1b = knit one below).

k1b - knit into the stitch below the stitch on your needle

k1b – knit into the stitch below the stitch on your needle

let both loops drop from your left hand needle

let the loop drop from your left hand needle

For example-

Row 1: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 2: P1, *k1b, p1* rep from * to end.

Row 3: K1, *p1, k1b; rep from * to last two sts, p1, k1.


Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have reached your desired length.

I encourage you to practice a bit before starting the cowl. One thing I learned is that if you need to go back and fix a mistake, it is very hard to pick up k1b stitches when they’ve been dropped.

Fisker Cowl

The Fisker Cowl is a big, warm hug to wrap around your neck. Constructed entirely in Fisherman’s Rib stitch, it is the ultimate, squishy winter must-have. Cestari’s Mount Vernon 3-ply Bulky yarn makes this cowl bouncy and fluffy to the touch. Starting with a provisional cast-on the rib pattern is worked until you’ve achieved your desired length, then the ends are grafted together using kitchener’s stitch. You’ll knit it in a flash and be so glad you did!
One size fits most. 60″- 152.5cm long, 7.5″-19cm wide
Cestari Mount Vernon 3-ply Bulky
100% Merino
100g/70 yards
2 skeins Wheat
US 9 –5.5mm needles (straight or circular)
Scrap Yarn (in a contrasting color and similar weight)
Tapestry Needle
10 stitches x 24 rows in fisherman’s rib = 4″-10cm after blocking.


K1b – knit one below

Special Techniques:
Provisional Cast-on
Fisherman’s Rib Stitch
Kitchener stitch


Using US 9-5.5mm needles and scrap yarn cast on 19sts.

Join working yarn and work as follows:

Row 1: K2, *p1, k1 repeat from * to last 3sts, p1, k2.

Row 2: P2, *k1, p1 repeat from * to last 3sts, k1, p2.


Fisherman’s Rib:

Row 3: Sl1, *k1b, p1 repeat from * to last 2sts, k1b, k1.

Row 4: Sl1, *p1, k1b repeat from * to last 2sts, p2.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until cowl measures 60”-152.5cm ending after Row 4.



Remove provisional cast-on and transfer live stitches onto a spare US 9-5.5mm needle.

With a tapestry needle use kitchener stitch to join ends together.

Soak and block your cowl to desired measurements. Enjoy!


You can get see more photos and get more information about this cowl on the Ravelry pattern page.

Happy Knitting!