Staggered rib scarf
A cosy, chunky-weight scarf in a reversible, diagonal rib pattern.
When I came across this stitch pattern I knew it was ideal for a scarf – simple, reversible, quicker to knit than seed stitch and normal 2×2 ribbing (because it compresses less).
I’ve given it a beginner rating because it’s entirely knit and purl. However, it requires a bit of concentration at first because you have to purl stitches that look like they should be knit and vice versa. If you get lost, use the photos below to check whether you’re on an odd side (rib pattern moves one stitch right) or an even side (pattern does not move). I have given instructions for slipping the first stitch of each row for neater edges.
The yarn I have chosen is a warm and luxurious blend of merino, alpaca and silk. The silk and alpaca give it a lovely drape. This can be substituted for any chunky-weight yarn. To knit this pattern in using yarn of a different weight, simply swatch using the yarn’s recommended needle size to find the number of stitches that will give the width you want, then round to the nearest multiple of four.
Length: 156 cm (62 in.)
Width: 13.5 cm (5.25 in.)
Yarn & notions
- 4 x 50 g hanks Mirasol Sulka (pictured in shade 221)
Needles & equipment
- 6.5 mm needles
14 sts and 18 over 10 cm (4 in.) squared in staggered rib pattern
CO 24 sts
Row 1 (first row only): [K2, p2] to end
Row 2: Sl1, k1, p2, [K2, p2] to end
Row 3: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 4: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k2, p1
Row 5: Sl1, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 6: Sl1p, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 7: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 st3, k2, p1
Row 8: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 9: Sl1p, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2
Repeat rows 2-9 until you run out of yarn.