How to machine knit a half fisherman's rib scarf

Half fisherman's rib is similar to the full fisherman's rib, but it has plain stitches on the knitter and tuck stitch on the ribber. One side of the fabric will look like ribbing stitch and the other side is tuck stitch. However, the full fisherman's rib looks the same on both sides. Click here to see the post of how to knit a full fisherman's rib scarf.

 Half fisherman's Rib - one side has Tuck stitch.

Half fisherman's Rib - one side has Tuck stitch.

 Full Fisherman's Rib - same on both sides. It is reversible and very stretchy.

Full Fisherman's Rib - same on both sides. It is reversible and very stretchy.

Below this article is my basic tutorial/ slide show on how to knit a Half Fisherman's scarf  with Brother 260  bulky knitting machine and ribber. The standard machine will be the same but will need more cast on needle number and adjust the tension.

I use 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (Caron one pound - 100% acrylic, although you do not need one pound at all for scarf). I started with a black yarn, after 1/3 of the length (120 on the row counter for Brother machine), change to dark grey for the second 1/3, and change to light grey for the final 1/3. The beginning and ending edges are just 1 x 1 ribbing. The difference of 1 x 1 ribbing and Half fisherman's rib is just a few change of the setting on the carriages. Half fisherman's rib is wider and looks heavier, while 1 x 1 rib is narrower and lighter.

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The finished scarf is about 8 inches wide by 48 inches long. I cast on every other needle from left 18 to right 17 on the knitter and left 17 to right 16 on the ribber. Keep the end needles on the knitter seems to prevent additional problems. The Pitch is set to P3 so needles of both beds align. One good thing about Fisherman's rib or Half fisherman's rib scarf is that it does not curl on the edges. The scarf is thick, warm and timeless.

The 7 wire loop (or L shape wire) is used to hang enough weight on both edges of knitter for Tuck stitch. If the weight is not enough, Tuck stitch has a tendency to pop out of the needle. Remember to move the weight up as the scarf gets longer, especially when the weight eventually hit the floor. 

Here is the how-to video/ slide show:

 3 color half fisherman's rib scarf.

3 color half fisherman's rib scarf.