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Featured Knitting Stitch Pattern: Sailor Rib 

This is a simple stitch pattern that adds a texture that is deeper than simple ribbing.  It is easy and adds amazing depth to your finished piece; plus it’s reversible.  Try it with some handspun and make a scarf or cowl.  It’s a great unisex stitch pattern, and so many yarns look amazing in this stitch!

Sailor Rib (multiple of 4 + 3 stitches) - see "Mistake Rib Stitch" video below.

  • Row 1:  *P2, K2; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain; P2, K1
  • Row 2: *K2, P2; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain; K2, P1 


Natural burly-spun Icelandic wool handspun gives this cowl a rugged, squishy look knit in Sailor Rib pattern, while the other half is knit with a thick and thin soft alpaca blend yarn that lightens the look of the cowl.   


  • Approximately 70 yds of a thick and thin Icelandic/gotland lock yarn, or any thickly spun lock yarn, to get a similar look
  • Approximately 75 yds of Asana Bulky (50%wool / 50% alpaca, 140 yds), color 406, by Galler Yarns, held double. (chunky yarn, recommended to be knit with a size 10-10.5 needle)
  • Length of Sari Silk ribbon (optional, for seaming)
  • Size 13 needles, straight or circular*.  Cowl is knit flat then seamed. 
  • Yarn needle for seaming.

*Swatch!  Choose the size needle that makes a fabric YOU like.  Sailor rib looks more dramatic knit at a denser gauge.   


Cast on 15 stitches (or whatever width you’d like your cowl to be) 

Follow Sailor rib pattern for 7-10 inches, or however long you’d like your cowl to be made of handspun yarn (i.e. half length- sample is long enough to wear as a simple cowl)

When the cowl is about half as long as you would like, switch yarn to the Asana Bulky (held double).  Change stitch pattern or continue in Sailor Rib.  

Continue knitting until the cowl is as long as you desire.  Cut loose & get creative!  Make it a long scarf or cowl, to wrap around your neck several times.  Add another yarn or stitch pattern to the piece; the possibilities are endless! This could be a great use of small bits of handspun or a stash buster.   

Bind off.  Seam ends together with a yarn needle and a length of sari silk yarn for a dramatic seam, or to be subtle, seam with the Asana Bulky.    

Block with Unicorn Fibre Rinse.  Gently pat dry, reshape and dry flat. 


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