The Purl Bee · Aug 20, 2015

Seafaring Scarf

Fisherman’s Rib was once named for the rustic seafaring men it warmed. But in Purl Soho’s newest yarn, the incredibly sumptuous wool-angora Lanecardate Feltro, Fisherman’s Rib is also suitable for the most sensitive of landlubbers.

Feltro’s magically lofty structure lends itself perfectly to this age-old stitch. Its simple cord-like spin captures beautiful nuances, well defining the important moments of Fisherman’s Rib: its steep waves, its deep shallows, its crosscurrents.

If you’re weathering the elements on land or at sea these coming cold months, be safely wrapped in our big, gorgeous Seafaring Scarf! -Laura


  • 7 skeins of Purl Soho’s Lanecardate Feltro, 75% superfine wool, 25% Caregora angora. This is the color Amur, Very Light Gray.
  • US 13 needles


8 stitches = 4 inches in Fisherman’s Rib


15 inches wide x 70 inches long


The pattern is worked over a multiple of 2 1 stitches.

k1b (knit one below): Insert the tip of the right needle into the stitch below the next stitch, knit normally (wrapping the yarn around the needle and pulling it back through the stitch below) and let the stitch above fall from the left needle.

To see a “k1b” in action, check out this video tutorial…


Cast on 31 stitches.

Row 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 2: K1, *k1b, p1, rep from * to last two stitches, k1b, k1.

Row 3: K1, *p1, k1b, rep from * to last two stitches, p1, k1.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece is just shy of desired finished length, ending with Row 2.

Bind off in 1 x 1 rib. Here’s how…K1, *p1, pass first stitch over the second stitch and off right needle, k1, pass first stitch over the second stitch and off right needle, repeat from * to end of row.

Weave in the ends and gently block, if desired.

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