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Fisherman's Rib Washcloth


Fisherman's Rib Washcloth

Fisherman's Rib Washcloth.

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Fisherman's Rib -- a sort of brioche-style fabric -- is a fun and pretty easy knitting stitch pattern, and this washcloth pattern uses it to make a cute and highly functional washer. Fisherman's Rib is considered by some to be a brioche stitch, but purists will say it is not because it does not use the distinctive yarn over and decrease technique that's found in brioche stitches (my Brioche Stitch in the knitting stitch glossary is another easy version of a brioche-style fabric).

The ribs give it extra scrubbing power and, if you use the same yarn I did, the project has double the eco-friendly cred, since it's made with a greener yarn and will hopefully keep you from using more disposable cleaning options.


  • one skein of Red Heart Eco Cotton Blend (I used color Linen Marl), or about 70 yards of your favorite medium weight cotton
  • one pair size 8 US knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle


16 stitches and 19 rows per 4 inches (4 stitches and 4.75 rows per inch) in Brioche Rib (see below). Gauge is not critical.


Finished size is about 9 inches wide and 8 inches tall. There's plenty of yarn in a ball to make it whatever size you like.


  1. Cast on 32 stitches.
  2. Knit the first row.
  3. For the next and all subsequent rows, *knit 1, knit 1 into the stitch below. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
  4. Continue repeating this row until piece measures about 8 inches or length of your choice.
  5. Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

Note: To knit into the stitch below, simply put your knitting needle right between the legs of the stitch from the previous row, form a knit stitch as usual and slide the stitch off the left-hand needle.

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