Fisherman’s Rib has been a long time favorite of mine. It’s one of those stitch patterns I loved in my youth but seem to have forgotten about in later years. I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded of this pattern in Trisha Malcom’s Trends talk I attended earlier this year. She predicted we’ll be seeing it everywhere this fall!
Fisherman’s Rib is a relative to Brioche stitch. Stitches are knit or purled into the row below creating what I like to refer to as a “tuck” stitch. This is because when the needle is inserted into the stitch below, the top stitch falls off and is “tucked” in between the stitch just knit and the next one.
This stitch pattern has been described as lofty, springy, cozy. It’s reversible and has a lot of volume to it. After all, it kept those fishermen warm in cold rugged weather, right?
The basic Fisherman’s Knit pattern:
(based on an even number of stitches and worked flat)
Set up row: *K1, p1; rep from *, end .
Row 1: Slip 1 (as if to knit) , *p1, knit into stitch below; repeat from *, end p1.
Repeat row 1 for stitch pattern.
Want to see it in action?
When we knit Fisherman’s Rib in the round, we need to alternate rounds of knitting or purling into stitch below, as in the Swirls of Color Hat.