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Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

902-624-0569

JULY 2005

FISHERMAN'S RIB AND HALF FISHERMAN'S RIB

The fisherman's rib and half fisherman's rib have excellent horizontal stretch and resiliency, making them perfect for sweaters, scarves and hats.

Anne's grandson Ben wearing Half Fisherman's Rib sweater in Lismore Farm wool
Fisherman's Rib scarf knit by Susan Macmillan

 

 

 

FISHERMAN'S RIB

The Fisherman's Rib creates a reversible fabric that is identical on both sides. Never work K1B into the first or last stitch of a row.

Sample of Fisherman's Rib

Cast on an odd number of stitches.

Row 1 - Knit across (you will not repeat this row)
Row 2 - Sl1, *K1B (see description below), p1; rep from * to end.
Row 3 - Sl1, *p1, K1B; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

Repeat rows 2 and 3.

 

HALF FISHERMAN'S RIB

The appearance of Half Fisherman's Rib is different on each side. Either side may be used as the right side.

Front side of Half Fisherman's Rib
Back side of Half Fisherman's Rib

 

Cast on an odd number of stitches.

Row 1 - Sl 1, knit to end.
Row 2 - Sl1, *K1B (see description below), p1; rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 1 and 2.

 

K1B - Knit One Below

Insert the right-hand needle into the centre of the stitch below the next stitch on needle. Knit this stitch in the usual way, slipping the stitch above off the needle at the same time.

Insert needle into stitch below