A Quick, Bulky, and Ribbed Scarf Knitting Pattern

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A bulky ribbed scarf is a great way to use some of the bulky yarn in your stash that you might not know what to do with. This type of scarf knits up fast, so you'll have a completed project in no time.

Learn how to work in an alpaca-wool blend that's big and long enough to keep you warm on even the coldest days. You can add a fringe if you like or leave it off and knit the scarf longer. Without the fringe, it makes the perfect gift for men.

Gather Materials Needed

  • Three skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky or about 135 yards of the bulky yarn of your choice.
  • Size 15 US (10 mm) knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle or crochet hook

Measure the Right Gauge and Size

The gauge is not critical but will average about 12 stitches and nine rows per four inches in ribbing (three stitches and 2.25 rows per inch). The finished scarf is four inches wide and 60 inches long without fringe (about 74 inches with fringe). If you omit fringe and knit until you're almost out of yarn, your scarf should measure about 75 inches.

Make the Bulky Ribbed Scarf Pattern

A great scarf could not be easier to make. The bulky yarn used here is easy to work with and the stitch pattern simply requires a repeat of knit two and purl two. It's a great project for beginners or any knitter who wants a mindless pattern to work on while watching TV or working in a knitting circle.

Follow the guidelines below to get started:

  1. Cast on 12 stitches.
  2. Work in knit 2 and purl 2 ribbing until the piece measures about 60 inches, or to the length of your choice.
  3. Bind off in the pattern.
  4. Weave in any remaining yarn ends.

Add the Fringe

Fringe is a nice way to finish off many scarf patterns, especially simple designs like those used in this ribbing.

It's very easy to do and a skill that you can use throughout your knitting career. Add the fringe in four steps:

  1. With the remaining yarn, cut 24 pieces of yarn about 18 inches in length.
  2. For each fringe, fold two pieces of yarn in half.
  3. Use a crochet hook to pull one yarn bundle through the edge of the knitting and pull the ends through the loop.
  4. Do this six times on each end of the scarf (one for each section of the ribbing).

Create More Scarf Patterns

Every knitter needs a good stash of simple scarf patterns in their collection. Scarves are great to make as gifts and a way to use up excess yarn. Here are two more patterns to try:

  • Garter Stitch Scarf: This is the most basic scarf stitch. The garter stitch is perfect for beginners because all you do is knit without purling.
  • Basket Weave ScarfBring a little texture to your gifted scarves with this easy woven pattern. It's just as simple as the ribbed scarf and is great for charitable giving.