Chunky "No Purl" Ribbed Scarf [Free Video Tutorial & Written Pattern!]

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If you thought it isn't possible to knit ribbing without using purl stitches, then you need to take a quick peep at this super squishy, chunky knit scarf! In the entire scarf there are only 7 purl stitches, and those are ALL in the cast off row of the pattern.

If you're a beginner starting out, or just someone who avoids purl stitches for projects like this, then this scarf is PERFECT for you. I've chosen to knit mine in Scheepjes Namaste, the super soft and squishy texture of the yarn lends itself perfectly to the ribbing pattern. Of course you can use whatever yarn you like, but you will need to make sure you use the correct size needles for your chosen yarn, and you will also need to adjust your cast on to make sure you get the width scarf you want.

The pattern multiple for this scarf is 4+3, and it's this multiple you need to use if you choose not to use the same yarn and needles as me.

Materials Needed

  • 3 Balls of Scheepjes Namaste (I used the shade Peacock)
  • 8mm Knitting Needles (Circular or Straight)
  • Large Eye Tapestry Needle
  • Embroidery Scissors

Stitches Used

  • k - Knit
  • sl1p wyif - slip one purlwise with yarn in front.

Written Instructions

Cast on: Cast On 31 Stitches using your preferred method (I like the Long Tail Cast On)

Row 1: k3, *sl1pwyif, k3* Repeat from *to* until end of Row.

Row 2: k1, *sl1pwyif, k3*, repeat from *to* until 2 stiches remain, sl1pwyif, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your scarf is the desired length (I knitted until mine was about 2m long). Cast off on a "Row 1"

Cast Off: Basic Cast Off in a K3, P1 Combination across the row.

video tutorial

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  • Benjamin J Wakefield says:

    I've spent several weeks trying to make this scarf using the Brioche method, but to no avail. Just happened to see your version and your perfection of instructions and thought I would give this one a try. It certainly looks precisely how I envisioned the scarf to be. I'll certainly let you know how it comes out. Best. BJW>

    • SnufflebeanYarn says:

      Thank you so much! I really hope you enjoy knitting it 🙂 Laurelin