How to Knit a Rib Stitch Scarf

Learn how to knit by trying this beginner knitting project.

| January/February 1984

  • Winter Crafts Hats and Scarf
    A local knitter made this Rib Stitch Scarf from two skeins of Tah­ki Homespun wool.

  • Winter Crafts Hats and Scarf

Here's a first-rate beginner's knitting project-designed by Coats & Clark, the yarn manufacturer, and used here with the company's permission-that'll yield a warm 7" X 70" scarf. The scarf pattern features the rib stitch, which is useful for the nov­ice to learn, since it's frequently em­ployed in knitting.

Materials: You'll need ten ounces of four-ply yarn in a color of your choice (Coats & Clark recommends either its Red Heart Fabulend wool-blend worsted yarn or other Red Heart yarn) plus one pair of No. 10 knitting needles (an easy size to work with for a person who's just learning to knit). For this article of clothing, the gauge is not important.

To start: Measure off about 54" of yarn and cast on 50 stitches.

Row 1. With the yarn in back of your work, insert the needle from right to left in front of the first stitch and slip it onto the right-hand needle (this is called "slip one st as if to purl"), then K1, *P2, K2. Repeat from * across.

Row 2. With the yarn in front of your work, slip the first stitch as if to purl, then P1, *K2, P2. Repeat from * across. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 alternately until the length is 70" . Bind off in ribbing.

If you'd like to add an eye-grabbing fringe to your scarf, here's how: Cut four strands of yarn, each 16" long, and fold them in half. Working along one end of the scarf, insert a crochet hook in the cen­ter of the first knitted rib and draw the middle of the strands through. Next, draw the ends of the fringe through this newly formed loop and pull them up tightly to form a knot. Do this in each al­ternate rib across to the opposite corner, and then work the fringe along the other end in the same manner. Finish by trim­ming the yarn ends to a consistent length.

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