When we are looking for an all-over stitch pattern with rich texture and moderate stretch, fisherman’s rib (also known as half brioche stitch) is almost always a good choice.
This stitch is a result of a happy marriage between brioche stitch and “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing, and it gives us the best of both worlds – cozy puffiness of brioche, and the neat structure of 1×1 ribbing.
The fabric formed by fisherman’s rib feels fantastic and looks great on both sides – a perfect combination for hats, scarves, cowls, sweaters, well, pretty much, anything.
Another benefit of this stitch pattern is that it is very easy to knit. Whether you use this stitch on a project worked back and forth, or the one worked in the round, there are only two simple rows or rounds to repeat.
Let’s see how we can knit fisherman’s rib step by step. We’ll also discuss the logic behind this stitch pattern. Once you understand how this stitch is formed, you will be able to knit it with your eyes closed (quite literary!).
When it is time to bind off stitches, do it after you finish row or round 2 of the pattern. There won’t be any yarn overs on the needles after that row or round, and it will be easy to use any bind off method the same way as we do when we bind off stitches in other stitch patterns.
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