Fancy Stitch Combos – Fisherman’s Rib

Fancy Stitch Combos – Fisherman’s Rib

This week in the Fancy Stitch Combo series,
I’m going to show you how to work Fisherman’s Rib. And I’ve had so many requests for this, because
it is a very cool stitch. If you like the Brioche stitch, it ends up
being a really similar result, I think Fisherman’s Rib is a bit easier to work. But something to keep in mind, much like the
Brioche stitch, if you make a mistake in this, it’s going to be difficult to rip out or tink
back, you know, unknit each stitch to get back to your mistake. So your best bet is to put in lifelines. Meaning you string yarn through your work,
so that if you make a mistake you can rip back to that yarn that you strung through
your work, to the live stitches, without losing any stitches. And I’ll give you a link here to my technique
video on lifelines. You’ll want to work a proactive lifeline if
you’re worried about making any mistakes. Um, the instructions for working this are
in the video description just below the video, they’re also available on my website. And I’ll give you instructions for working
this both in the round, flat and in the round. Let’s go ahead and take a look at the stitch. Here is a happy little sample of the brioche
stitch. One thing — oh! This is fisherman’s rib, I’m sorry. The reason that it’s a lot like the brioche
stitch is not only the way it looks, but it is a smushy, thick stitch. Which makes it really appropriate for warm
hats and scarves. And it’s stretchy enough that it does work
well for scarves. Or hats! [laughs] I’ll get it right! Each one of these knit stitches, each one
of these Vs is actually two stitches long, or two rows long. And that’s because we’re knitting into the
stitch below each time. And it gives us a cool effect between the
knit stitches, it’s kind of a herringbone look between the knit stitches. And the front and the back are identical,
which is something that I love in a stitch. So I worked this sample out of wool, and I
thought, what would it look like if we used huge needles and a heavier weight yarn. Not a warmer yarn, but an acrylic yarn tends
to have more weight to it. Which gives you more drape. And so I knit this up and I really love it,
and I don’t normally love working with cotton yarn, but I’m happy with the results of this. Because it is smushy, and it does have this
delicate look to it. But it’s a completely appropriate summer scarf. Or spring scarf, depending on where you live! We don’t wear scarves in Texas in the summer. But this has such a nice drape to it, and
such a nice smush to it, I guess, I can’t think of another word for that. Thickness, to it, maybe. Um, you can see how different yarns make a
big difference. And it’s identical on both sides. Okay. Let’s get into actually working this stitch. [coughs] Excuse me. You’re going to work a setup row, which is
knitting across all stitches, which is something I’ve already done here. And then we get into the meat of it. This is worked on a multiple of two stitches
plus three. I’m going to start with a purl one, let me
try that again. There we go, start with a purl one. And then the next stitch is knit into the
stitch below. So, you really need to take a look at your
work for this, I’ll stretch this way out so you can see it. The current stitch is what you see on the
needle. The stitch below is the V that you see below that. And right into the center of that V is where
I’m going to work this stitch. So I put my needle into there, wrap it and
pull it through, just like a normal knit stitch, and pull that old stitch off the left needle. So, I’m going to yarn forward and purl one. Yarn back, and again, work into the stitch
below. So, for the sake of demonstration, I’ll stretch
this all out so you can really see it. That’s the current stitch, the one on the
needle, and the V below is where I want this needle to go. And I’ll try to keep it stretched out while
I do it, so you can see. That’s where we want to go, right there. Knit it, and pull that old stitch off the
left needle. Yarn forward to purl. Yarn back to knit into the stitch below. And if you’re worried about finding the stitch
and stretching it out, if you’re using a wool yarn, it’s really forgiving. You can get away with stretching things out
and they will just bounce right back. Right there. Purl one. Yarn back, knit into the stitch below. Purl one. Once you see where you’re going with the knit
into the stitch below, this stitch really flies. It creates fabric pretty quickly. So, Row 2 is even easier than Row 1. You’re going to knit one, as a setup. And the pattern repeat is knit one, then knit
into the stitch below. It’s the exact same place it was before, but
we have two rows to look at. You just want to go into the one right there.
The one directly below the stitch on the needle. Knit one, knit into the stitch below. And to describe it again, if this is the stitch
below, it’s the very center of that V is where you want the stitch to be made. Whoops. So I’ll tell you that, you can see, with all
of the knitting into the stitch below, that’s what’s going to be hard if you’ve knit some
and you’ve made a mistake, and you want to go back to fix it. So taking a tapestry needle with some scrap
yarn, some thin scrap yarn, and running it through all the stitches on the needle. And moving forward from there, just leaving
that in place, will leave you a lifeline you can rip back to if you need to. So that you’ll have all the stitches on the
needle without any trouble. And that’s it, Fisherman’s Rib. [whooshing sounds] [music]

61 thoughts on “Fancy Stitch Combos – Fisherman’s Rib

  1. I'm 11 and I can knit loom and crochet I really like your videos because I can use them for me to learn more and I really appreciate the videos thx

  2. Hi, I was wondering how many yards I would need 12 inch by 40 inch scarf in worsted weight superwash merino wool (Anzula's For Better or Worsted) and 10.5 needles. I sure love your tutorials and patterns! Thank you so much!

  3. Really like the stitch, also see a GREAT need for me to use life-line. For me also need to make a note as to where I put in a life-line.
    thank you so much …

  4. I haven't written out a pattern for decreasing in this stitch, but I can tell you the method I'd use…decrease between the Knit ribs (the Vs) first, then start to decrease the Knit ribs.

  5. Hello! Do you think this pattern works for blanket? I really like this pattern and it's easy enough for me. I'm still a beginner. (:

  6. In comparison to the Brioche Stitch, would you feel that they called it the fisherman's stitch, because it's more masculine than feminine? I remember in one of your earlier videos, I believe it was the "eye of the partridge" stitch, you discussed feminine verses masculine stitches, in which in your project you were working a heel of a sock…

  7. This stitch doesn't look masculine or feminine on it's own…it really depends on the yarn color you use. I would say that Fisherman's Rib is the same way.

  8. I love these are these good to use for coasters and everyday cloth? im a beginner and looking to start learning new stitches.

  9. Hi I used the long tail cast on for this but im having a hard time finding a good cast off. Could you suggest a good one for me?

  10. I am confused – I tried this and it didn't appear to work. Surely to be reversible one must knit the knits and purl the purls yet these instructions for fishermans rib ask you to knit and purl one side and ONLY knit on the other side…  I had a look at a few other vids and instructions for fishermans rib and they all suggest that the next row knits and purls, not knit all the way…

    So i am baffled and can't quite see how you produced the swatch you did, following th einstructions given!

  11. it wouldve been good if u said u started with odd number,

    2nd line u started with 2 knits?

    3rd line ??? = repeat line 1?

    it doesnt give overall picture of pattern

  12. Woot!  Thank you for the pattern, it's one that I can follow (which for Brioche, I can't really say I get).

  13. When I knit fisherman's rib I knit the rs row and rib the ws row knitting 1 below. Which is the best way to increase and on which row please? I.e., increasing for sleeves that will give a smooth edge? Regards, Mel

  14. @Lindsay Green – instructions for working this in-the-round are in the video description field, just below the video.

  15. Ugh. I got it thanks but now I realize I don't like it! My yarn – red heart soft- has a bit of a sheen to it and the work is for nothing when light reflects off the a stitches a stitches hides the effect. Anyone have suggestions for a yarn with a slight sheen? I'm making a hat for my husband and thought this would be perfect because it's so thick, and I love making cables. I am beginning to think of returning what I can of this yarn!

  16. this didn't work for me… i casted on 31, knit a whole first row, then i purled the first stitch on the second row and then knit under, purl (repeat). then on the next row i knit the first, knit the next and knit under the 3rd, then repeated all the way thru. Why is it that i ended up with 32 stitches??? isn't it supposed to remain the same amount 

  17. Hello, thank you so much for your great videos!  My question is…how do you decrease the fisherman's rib in the round if you are making a beanie?  I am a beginning knitter and would appreciate any help you can offer!
    Blessings : )

  18.  After looking up different videos and websites on this technique, none of them made sense , except yours ! So thank you so much for this great tutorial !! Very thorough!

  19. Is this the same thing as the Mock Fishermen's Rib? I can understand your tutorials much better than some so I thought I'd ask. I have a pattern that calls for one.

  20. how would you work an increase with this stich? I was taught to make hats from top down, and would like to try to use this stich in a beanie.

  21. Would this stitch look nice with loops and threads charisma yarn. I love the shade mulberry bush. I am trying to find a good pattern for scarf with this yarn.

  22. Your seriously just the greatest, always so patient and slow enough to show all the details but fast enough so that you can see how the flow goes… plus the fact that you give us the pattern both in flat and in the round is SO AWESOME. I mean yeah you can convert, but it's super difficult on some complex stitches and I appreciate all the care and thought you put into giving us full information 🙂 thanks a lot <3

  23. Wow – I just heard you say you are in Texas – I live here now, but I miss living in the north – knitting up north truly was more fun – and I hope to go back once my husband's job here is through.  It made feel great to hear you live in Texas!  I still knit a lot here…make thick wool turtlenecks for "some day" and also for friends/family who live on east coast.  your tutorials are always great – thanks!

  24. Hello thank you for the tutorial and i started a scarf for my son with this pattern and i am doing exactly how you say and the pattern gets well only though can't find why the edges dont come clear but horrible edges i was trying many times but always horrible edges but correct the pattern after casting the stiches i do a very first row p1 k1 then i start the pattern p1 k1b and then k1 k1 k1b k1 on a multiple of 2 plus 3 i dont know if the very first row is knit all along and why the edges are not looking good thank you so much and sorry for my long writing greetings to you from Italy

  25. I love, love, LOVE this stitch with a scarf. I am working on my second scarf right now with acrylic yarn and size 10.5 needles and it makes just the perfect thickness for scarves.

  26. Your tutorials are great! Would you mind telling us what selvedge edges you do on the various stitches you demonstrate and if we add stitches for the edge. Thank you so much!

  27. been knitting for over 30 years but have only just now needed to learn this stitch. I don't need to look at another lesson – your lesson is complete and I can start my project.

  28. I would like to know once and for all whether fisherman and brioche are actually the same. Fisherman is so much easier. When you knit one below, you get the two threads over the stich, just like the brioche knits and purls. Is there an easy way to do two color?

  29. Hello, I'm having a really hard time identifying some resources on increases and decreases in Fisherman's rib. I've tired experimenting a little on my own but so far I'm having little luck. Is there any way you can point me in the right direction? TIA

  30. Several other instructional videos teach to CO an even number of stitches, K the Setup Row, then repeat * K1, K 1 into stitch below * for every row. No Purling. I tried your instructions and this one, and this is much easier follow/remember. Both create wonderful Fisherman's Rib. What are your thoughts?

  31. Hi Stacey,
    I just love ur videos, really appreciate ur awesome expertise & ur generosity n sharing it, so thank u so very much..!!
    Question please, my knitting keeps unraveling in a fisherman's pattern when I come to k1below into a k2tog decreased st w mixed k,p sts..?? How can I fix this painful issue… please help!!

  32. I have seen several different videos on fisherman's rib stitch and they've all been mildly different; yours is (for the sake of brevity, and omitting mention of the obvious pattern stitches) all knit on one side, but knit/purl the other. Another video is knit/purl BOTH sides, and yet a third is KNIT both sides! So – which one is right – ?! HELP!!

  33. I absolutely LOVE that the written instructions are all included, I have a big binder with patterns and stuff, and a whole section of fancy stitches, so that is super helpful!

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