Fisherman’s Rib Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

This knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the Fisherman’s Rib Stitch. This is a reversible pattern that creates a thick fabric with lots of volume and horizontal stretch. It is a great stitch for scarves, hats, and sweaters. It is similar to the Brioche stitch but has a slightly different look. It is also known as: Shaker’s Rib.

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

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Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 2 + 1

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 2 + 1

  • 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.

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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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15 thoughts on “Fisherman’s Rib Stitch

  1. Elise H says:

    So nice to have met you both on Friday night at Trumpet Hill. This was the first chance I have had to see your site and it is truly wonderful. I am sure you are now getting ready to begin knitting a lacey sock!! All the best to you both.

  2. Johnny Vasquez says:

    Thanks! It was very nice getting to meet you as well! I'm glad you like the site. Be sure to tell your friends! We're going to have a contest that starts this weekend and I'll be giving an update about my sock knitting progress.

  3. says:

    I have joined your site about 2 weeks ago and just love it. I am going to be forwarding your site over to the ladies I usually knit with once a week. I love how you explain the stitches on utube. So much easier to follow then other sites. I will be going in for knee surgery in a few weeks and will be able to do more stitching. Not that I am complaining,lol. Thanks again for such a nice place to come too. Diana, MI

  4. Caroline Shank says:

    Would it be possible to send me the pattern for circular knitting? I knit a lot of chemo caps and this ribbing is very nice,. I also knit arm warmers for dialysis patients. Plus scarves and mittens.
    I do get confused on how to redo the patterns for circular knitting.
    I did email before and got a response but just was hoping you could do some tutorials on this
    Caroline Shank
    Brandon FL
    Also Thank you for all the work you put into these tutorials. I have learned so much

  5. Rachel says:

    When you did the fisherman’s rib that was just a foundation row of knit stitchses and the rest of the rows were alternating between P and KB, did you knit the foundation row on the wrong side or the right side? Also, would KTBL keep stockinet from curling?

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      The instructions in this post have a foundation row on k1, p1.

      Where in the pattern are you doing KTBL?

      • Rachel says:

        The KTBL is for a seperate pattern. The fisherman’s rib stitch i was talking about was the one where you also did a post on how to do it left handed.

        • Johnny Vasquez says:

          Ahh ok. For a selvedge edge, you would slip the first stitch in pattern, then k or p tbl on the last stitch in pattern. It won’t stop stockinette from curling entirely but it should help.

          For the left handed version, yes, the first row is just a foundation row.

          • Rachel says:

            I’m talking about stockinette with the entire row knit as ktbl. I want to see what would happen if I knit a blanket as a 2 row reapeat of ktbl all stitches for the first row and purl all stitchees for the second row.

            P.S Is the foundation row for the fishermans rib stitch on the wrong side or the right side?

          • Johnny Vasquez says:

            That creates a fabric called twisted stockinette, which I believe will still curl some.

            I don’t think it really matters for the fishermans rib. The pattern is reversible and the foundation row is basically unseen.

  6. wendy lin says:

    On your instructions it says to cast on in multiples of 2, but when I watched the video, it said to CO in multiples of 2 + 1. I was wondering which is correct? Thanks

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Either will work. If you add one stitch at the end it will make the ribbing symmetrical so you start and end with the same stitch. But I will adjust the written instructions to make it more clear.

      • Diana G says:

        Hi Johnny,
        I am kinda new to knitting and wish I understood it better when you talk about, “add multiples of 2 + 1 and what is the purpose of that? Thank you and love how you teach us to stitch on here.

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