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Fisherman’s Rib

You hear a lot right now about the Brioche Stitch. This is also referred to in the German as Patentsteek. Fisherman’s Rib and Brioche are very similar looking, though you work the yarn a little differently. This is a very warm stitch and if you really want to be toasty, this is a good stitch to use.

Stitch Pattern: Even number of sts

Row 1: Purl

Row 2: (right side): *P1, K1 in st below; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2

Rep row 2 throughout.


Firefly Stitch

This pattern I found on Lion Brand Yarn site. I just thought it was so pretty I had to include it today. http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=309 .

(multiple of 10 sts plus 1)

Stitch Explanation: 4-st RC Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, k2 from cn.

Pattern: Rows 1, 5, 7, 9, 13, 17, 19 and 21 (RS)

*P1, k4; rep from *, end p1.Row 2 and all WS rows K1, *p4, k1; rep from * to end.Rows 3 and 23 *P1, 4-st RC, p1, k4; rep from *, end p1.Rows 11 and 15 *P1, k4, p1, 4-st RC; rep from *, end p1.Row 24 Rep row 2. Rep rows 1–24.

Note: this is a generic pattern for creating this cable. For a single cable it would be 10 stitches. In the example shown, there are 3 repeats of the stitch, so you’d need to cast on 31  (10 x 3 +1) stitches and do 3 repeats to get a swatch that appears the same.

firefly cable pattern


Fish-Scale Lace Pattern

I snapped the picture of this with my camera from the  calendar. It was so pretty and there were no pictures online that did it justice.

Stitch Pattern – Worked over 17 stitches on a background of St st

Row 1 (right side): K1, YO, K3, sl 1, K1, psso, P5, K2tog, K3, YO, K1

Row 2: P5, K5, P6

Row 3: K2, YO, K3, sl 1, K1, psso, P3, K2tog, K3, YO, K2

Row 4: P7, K3, P7

Row 5: K3, YO, K3, sl 1, K1. psso, P1, K2tog, K3, YO, K3

Row 6: P8, K1, P8

Row 7: K4, YO, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, YO, K4

Row 8: Purl

Rep these 8 rows


Now for a little lesson. I did not want to let Day F go by without including Fagoting Stitch with it, but I worried that someone would take offense, not understanding what the word means.

fag·ot also fag·got


1. A bundle of twigs, sticks, or branches bound together.
2. A bundle of pieces of iron or steel to be welded or hammered into bars.
tr.v. fag·ot·ed also fag·got·ed, fag·ot·ing also fag·got·ing, fag·ots also fag·gots

1. To bind into a fagot; bundle.
2. To decorate with fagoting.
If you have ever seen a Sheaf of Wheat gathered together in the middle.. that is fagoting the wheat. In counted cross stitch it is a beautiful and intricate way of doing decorative work with the material itself. See illustration:
Knitting also has thousands of Faggoting patterns and they are very beautiful. I had to include at least one. The picture is from the Calendar I am using since I could not find this particular pattern online that showed it off as nicely.
Faggoted Panel
Stitch Pattern: Worked over 9 stitches on a background of St st
Row 1 (right side): P1, K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, K2tog through back loop, K1, P1
Row 2: K1, P7, K1
Row 3: P1, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, K2tog through back loop, P1
Row 4: Rep Row 2
Rep these 4 rows.
Feather and Fan Stitch
I had to include a version of this as well. It’s pretty common and for good reason. Again the picture is from the Calendar. This is a really lovely stitch pattern and looks far more complicated than it really is.
Stitch Pattern: Multiple of 18 + 2
Row 1 (right side): Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, *K2tog 3 times, (YO, K1) 6 times, K2 tog 3 times; rep from * to last st, K1
Row 4: Knit
Rep these 4 rows.
Foaming Waves
This is a fancy looking stitch that you don’t see very often. I thought it would be nice to include here. Picture is from the Calendar.
Stitch Pattern: Multiple of 12  + 1
Rows 1-4: Knit
Row 5 (right side): K1, *K2tog twice, (YO, K1) three times, YO, (sl 1, K1, psso) twice, K1; rep from * to end.
Row 6: Purl
Row 7-12: Rep rows 5 and 6 three more times.
Rep these 12 rows.

5 thoughts on “F is for…

  1. What a great theme for the A to Z Challenge! It makes me want to start knitting again (it’s been many many years!).

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