Quick Bulky Ribbed Scarf Knitting Pattern

Need a Last-Minute Gift? This Scarf is Perfect

Pink knitted scarf with loop fringe on wood background
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This 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. A scarf is a perfect use for bulky yarn because when it gets too warm you can just take it off. It also knits up super fast so you'll have a completed project in no time.

This scarf, worked in an alpaca-wool blend, is big and long enough to keep you warm on even the coldest days.

You can add the fringe if you like or leave it off and knit the scarf longer. Without the fringe, it makes the perfect gift for men.

Materials Needed

  • 3 skeins 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

Pattern Gauge and Size

Gauge: Gauge is not critical, but will average about 12 stitches and 9 rows per 4 inches in ribbing (3 stitches and 2.25 rows per inch).

Size: The finished scarf is 4 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.

Bulky Ribbed Scarf Pattern

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

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

Adding the Fringe

Fringe is a nice way to finish off many scarf patterns, especially simple designs like this ribbing. It's very easy to do and a skill that you will use throughout your knitting career.

  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 6 times on each end of the scarf (one for each section of the ribbing).

More Quick and Easy Scarf Patterns

Every knitter needs a good stash of simple scarf patterns in their collection. They really are great to make as gifts and use up excess yarn. Here are a few more patterns you will want to try.

  • Garter Stitch Scarf - The most basic scarf stitch is the Garter Stitch and it's perfect for beginners because all you do is knit (no purling!).
  • Basket Weave Scarf - Bring a little texture into your gifting scarves with this easy woven pattern. It's just as simple as the ribbed scarf and is great for charitable giving.