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).
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.
One size fits most. 60″- 152.5cm long, 7.5″-19cm wide
Cestari Mount Vernon 3-ply Bulky
2 skeins Wheat
US 9 –5.5mm needles (straight or circular)
Scrap Yarn (in a contrasting color and similar weight)
10 stitches x 24 rows in fisherman’s rib = 4″-10cm after blocking.
K1b – knit one below
Fisherman’s Rib 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.
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.