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Shaker Rib Stitch

Shaker Rib

I was recently asked how to do Shaker Rib by a visitor to this page who didn’t supply their correct e-mail address so I thought I’d put it here in the hopes they might see it. I couldn’t find the stitch in any stitch dictionary, though I did know it was a variation of Fisherman’s Rib.

This stitch is reversible.

Many thanks to Diane Martin in Toronto for supplying this information.


P = Purl

K1b = Knit the next stitch in the row below


Shaker Rib is a variant of the Fisherman Rib and is sometimes referred to as a Half-Fisherman Rib. It is a two row repeat pattern. I have run across two different ways of doing and can think of a third.

Basically it is:

Cast on the number of stitches you need ( an even no. if working in the round: an odd no. if working flat, or seaming or just like things to be symmetrical)

Row 1: Knit 1, knit 1 in the stitch below (aka k1, k1B) repeat across row. (if necessary, end k1)

Row 2: Knit every stitch.

Variant of Row 2: Purl 1, knit 1 across row.

Thought of, but not seen in any stitch dictionary:

Row 1: Purl 1, purl 1 below, repeat across row

Row 2: Purl across

Copyright © December, 1997 Diane Martin. Image Copyright © January, 1998 Sarah Bradberry