Fisherman’s Rib Baby Blanket – Knitting Pattern
3 skeins LB Collection Superwash Merino yarn in Dijon
scrap yarn in additional colors (optional – for pom poms)
US 6 (4 mm) knitting needles – circular needles with a 24″ or 32″ cord
cardboard or pom pom maker in desired size (Optional – a 45 mm maker was used in blanket pictured.)
Abbreviations & Terms
CO – cast on
sts – stitches
German Twisted or Old Norwegian Cast On – A stretchy knitting cast on that is worked with a long tail. Here’s a tutorial.
sl – slip
wyif – with yarn in front
p – purl
k – knit
k1b – knit 1 in the row below
rep – repeat
BO – bind off
Icelandic Bind Off – A stretchy knitting bind off that pairs well with a German Twisted Cast On. Here’s a tutorial.
Fisherman’s rib – A knitting stitch that creates a one over one (k1, p1) style rib, but by knitting one stitch in the row below instead of working a regular knit one, a three-dimensionality is created. This trait makes the fisherman’s rib stitch mimic that of a brioche rib stitch while being much easier to knit. Here’s a tutorial.
Gauge & dimensions: 16 sts & 18 rows over 4″ in fisherman’s rib stitch. Finished blanket measures 24.5″ wide and 36″ long (not including pom poms, which are 45 mm).
Get a printable, ad-free PDF of this pattern here.
CO 105 sts with a German Twisted Cast On.row 1. sl1 wyif, p to last st, k1.
row 2. sl1 wyif, *p1, k1b; rep from * to last 2 sts, end p1, k1.
Rep row 2 until blanket measures 36″ in length. BO all sts using the Icelandic Bind Off. Weave in all ends and wet block to size.Embellish (optional)
Make 4 pom poms using remaining yarn, and if you’d like to make colorful pom poms like those pictured, include 3 additional colors of yarn as you wrap your pom pom maker. Attach one pom pom to each corner of the blanket with a secure knot and weave in all ends.
Could I knit fisherman’s rib blanket on straight needles pls x
It’s worked flat, so you absolutely can! :) You’ll just need pretty long needles since it’s knit in one, wide piece.
I love this pattern, but the intended recipient lives in Florida, so I’m reluctant to use wool..
Can you suggest another yarn that would work with this, possibly in cotton or a cotton blend?
Thanks very much!
(P.S, I love the pompoms!)
Sure thing! My in-laws live in the South, so I get it for sure! :) You could do a Sugar ‘n Cream – it’s 100% cotton, but the stitch is so inherently stretchy that you can get away with it. If you’re thinking more of a blend, I’d go with another LB collection yarn, their Cotton Bamboo. The Le Pom Blanket design I’ve also done used that yarn, and you can see how it looks here.
Thanks for these recommendations, and for your quick reply.
One more question: the Ravelry page indicates that the pattern is free. When I click on the tab,
though, the one that says it will give me a PDF without ads. I get an error message that says the
item is no longer available at that site. Can you help? Can I download the pattern through Ravelry?
Thanks very much.
Happy to help! I tested all of the links in the post & on Ravelry, and I didn’t run into any error messages. Can you help clarify what you mean by, “When I click on the tab, though, the one that says it will give me a PDF without ads. I get an error message that says the item is no longer available at that site.”? What tab are you referring to?
I’m just learning the Fisherman’s Rib. In a different guide it says to cast on an even number of stitches.
You suggest an odd number of stitches (105) which I imagine has to do with slipping the first stitch.
Can any odd number work or does it need to be a certain multiple plus one?
Any odd number greater than 3 will work. :)
Thanks for this pattern, I have now knitted 2 baby blankets for loved ones and about to start my 3rd. However, I can only seem to get it to work if I use 104 cast on stitches. I assume it should be an even number as in the second row and beyond, excluding the first and last stitch, you are doing a p1, k1b pattern until the last three stitches which are p1, p1 (instead of p1, k1b) and then the final k1 stitch which I included in counting the 1st and last stitches, so makes me think it then should be an even number cast on? What am I doing wrong, if not? Thanks!
The first stitch of each row is slipped to form a chained edge, which is why the cast on is 105 sts. 👍🏻
I love this pattern but I was hoping to scale it up to a throw size for an adult. Do you have any recommendations for dimensions?
I’ll refer you to this useful guide on blanket dimensions 😊 : https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/standard-bed-and-blanket-sizes-2116316
It s absolutely stunning, Destiny! I m determined to only have one knitting project at a time until I know what I m doing more, but I ve added this one and your Latticework scarf to my queue. Your Fair Isle beanie is on my radar too among other things. ??
What beanie are you referring to? :)
I am having trouble with this pattern. I am not a new knitter, but not exactly seasoned either so it could just be me. Firstly I am wondering if I have the right yarn. I purchased 3 skeins of the yarn listed (used the link) and it is a 3.5oz per skein of a category weight 3. Is seems like the blanket will be quite small with such a low weight category and 105 cast ons. Does it stretch out as you continue on? The yarn choices also didn’t list Dijon (they had a color called mustard) which is another reason why I am questioning the yarn. Can you confirm if I have the correct yarn? When looking at the picture the yarn you used looks thicker than what I received.
What is the name of the yarn you received? I can compare it with this pattern as written and let you know if it’s correct. :)