Skinny Rib Scarf

One of the most popular free patterns in my Ravelry store  is the Chunky Woven Scarf. It’s a simple textured scarf in super chunky yarn, and will knit up easily in an hour or two. It’s perfect for a beginner who is just learning to combine knit and purl stitches in patterns.


I sell some of my knitwear in Edinburgh, and recently designed another very simple scarf pattern which is on sale at Leith Collective in Ocean Terminal. This one uses knit and purl stitches to create a ribbed effect. It’s also ideal for a beginner, and creates a lovely stretchy and squishy fabric. I’ve used Cygnet Seriously Chunky for the two scarves pictured below. The yarn is a super soft 100% acrylic, meaning that it’s machine washable, won’t affect those with wool allergies, and is vegan friendly. It’s also incredibly cosy! You need two balls of one colour if you’d like to make your own scarf – there are twenty different solid shades to choose from as well as mixed colours and metallics. I chose Just Denim and Plum.


Here’s the pattern if you’d like to knit your own! If you need help with the basics, I’ve linked to some videos that might be useful at the bottom of this post. You can knit the scarf longer or shorter, and cast on more or less stitches to vary the width.

Skinny Rib Scarf

You will need – Cygnet Seriously Chunky, 100% acrylic, 48m per 100g ball – 2 balls per scarf. 1 pair 12mm knitting needles. Yarn needle with large eye for sewing in ends.

Gauge – 8 sts x 10 rows to 10cm in stocking stitch on 12mm needles, although gauge is largely unimportant for this project.

Instructions –

First of all, cut 10 lengths of yarn around 6″ long. Put these aside for the tassels.

Cast on 9 sts.

Row 1 – *K1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2 – *P1, k1, rep from * to last st, p1.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until there is around 15″ of yarn from second ball left.

Cast off in rib pattern.

Sew in yarn ends, and attach 5 tassels to each end of scarf as follows.

Fold each 6″ piece of yarn in half. Insert the loop through the end of the scarf. Pull the ends of the yarn through the loop. Pull taut. Make sure the tassels are distributed evenly.

Wear and enjoy!


How to cast on

How to knit stitch

How to purl stitch

How to cast off

Knitting rib stitch


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