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Ribbed Scarf

Oct 1, 2008
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This springy scarf is modeled after one featured in Volume 6 of Weldon’s Practical Needlework (Facsimile reproduction, Loveland, Colorado: Interweave Press, 2002). The original was worked in fingering-weight wool in two sections, each worked downward from the center back neck. I knitted this version in a DK-weight alpaca from one end to the other, eliminating the bulky join at the center neck. A few rows of eyelets followed by a fancy crochet edging widen the ends of the scarf and add a lacy touch to the sturdy ribbed pattern.
Handspun Version Included

Designer Ann Budd, Liz Gipson
Finished Size About 4¼ inches (11 cm) wide and 49 inches (125 cm) long
Yarn Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist (DK-weight), 100% baby alpaca yarn, 110 yards (100 m)/50 g ball, 3 balls of #4004 green
Needles Two size 8 (5 mm)
Notions Crochet hook, size I/9 (5.5 mm), Tapestry needle
Gauge About 19 sts and 12 rows = 2 inches (5 cm) in textured rib pattern, relaxed; 10 sts and 14 rows = 2 inches (5 cm) in stockinette stitch on size 8 (5 mm) needles; obtaining exact gauge is not critical for this project


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on Aug 1, 2013 3:43 PM

This a wonderful pattern.  Great in every yarn I've made it in, perfect scarf to give to those you Love!

on Aug 1, 2013 3:43 PM

This a wonderful pattern.  Great in every yarn I've made it in, perfect scarf to give to those you Love!

ValS@3 wrote
on Feb 10, 2010 5:43 AM

Very Lovely. Thank You   :)

on Feb 9, 2010 9:01 PM

I think the directions are wrong since they only tell you to purl 3 on all rows for the ribbing.  Shouldn't one row be knit 3 etc.  then the next row purl 3??  Please let me know the correct directions since I bought my yarn and anxious to do it.  Thank you.

JaniceK@9 wrote
on Aug 5, 2009 7:21 PM

I just love this pattern. I used Vanna's Choice, it turned out so soft and warm. Can't wait to wear it this winter and make some more for my friends. Loved the crochet edge.

DianaT@3 wrote
on Jul 30, 2009 11:50 AM

I made this scarf and found it an easy and pleasant pattern.  I love the way the bottom edges fan out and really keep one's chest covered and warm.  Try it - you'll like it!

bonewoman wrote
on Jul 11, 2009 3:47 AM

I added stitches to the pattern  to make it into a shawl.  It's going to be beautiful!!!  Thanks for the pattern.

Shirl@13 wrote
on Jun 30, 2009 7:10 AM

Love the scarf, but I don't crochet and was hoping there would be directions to knit the border.

BarbaraC@7 wrote
on Jun 10, 2009 2:26 PM
I haven't tried this pattern yet, but it's lovely. I like the combination of ribbed knitting and lacy crochet edging; I can't wait to make several for myself and gifts.
vera@2 wrote
on Apr 9, 2009 12:23 AM
Gostei muito, e a cor está perfeita, Kisses VeraBrasil
chefpickles wrote
on Mar 25, 2009 3:01 PM
I absolutely love this pattern. I've made a couple in different colors.
AIRknitter wrote
on Feb 21, 2009 7:57 AM
This is now my favorite scarf. The knitting is fun and the finished scarf is wonderful. Makes a divine gift for any special girlfriend. AIR
Tillie Cobb wrote
on Feb 10, 2009 4:22 PM
Tillie Looks like a lovely scarf to make as a gift. Thank you very much.
WendyM@3 wrote
on Jan 8, 2009 1:36 PM
I'm almost finished with this pattern and it is so lovely and I am enjoying it immensely. Just a word to those who don't like to purl -- 75% of this pattern is purling. But be brave and do it anyway, you will love the outcome.
JudyM@3 wrote
on Jan 7, 2009 5:13 PM
I am currently knitting this scarf. The pattern is beautiful, very feminine without being foo-foo!
delliott wrote
on Jan 7, 2009 3:28 PM
Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. Can't wait to make it.
Elizabeth wrote
on Jan 7, 2009 3:10 PM
Thank you Sandi. I love knitting and crochet combined and this is a lovely scarf. I will be making it next!
Alexa wrote
on Dec 22, 2008 11:21 AM
I so much like historical patterns and am very grateful, if somebody has tried them out and translated them into modern English. I have knitted the scarf and I like it really very much! I especiall like the ribbing. Thanks awfully for this pretty and very easy patterns. Alexa
kimknit wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 11:32 AM
Just finished this one as my first project.It turns out very nice especially after blocking.It took me two weeks, but lm a beginner so maybe it would be faster for some who have been knitting longer. Great beginner project! Someone mentioned that they have been knitting for only 2 years and this was too advanced???Maybe the comment was meant to be sarcasm?Anyhoo its very easy for a beginner.Go for it.
RuthR@2 wrote
on Dec 2, 2008 8:27 PM
Those of us having problems with the download -- it's not the pdf that's at fault, it's the code that tries to hide the direct link to the pdf for whatever reason. (It's a free file. What's the point of trying to keep people from finding it?) The direct link to the file is -- if you download it there, it opens without any problem.
DianaB@3 wrote
on Dec 2, 2008 2:01 PM
I am making this in some reclaimed cashmere - cream colored for my mom for Christmas...going to be hard to give up - It is GORGEOUS!!!
Suzanne King wrote
on Nov 19, 2008 12:36 PM
As soon as I saw this pattern, I had to make it. It is only half done,but it is gorgeous !! I am knitting this with white alpaca yarn - eveyone who see it, want to knit it too- now I can't decide who to give it to! thank you for this pattern !! Suzanne
on Nov 16, 2008 8:57 AM
I am unable to reach the Ribbed Scarf free pattern. I have already a subscription to your magazine and I have signed up as a member. I am frustrated. How can I get a copy of the Ribbed Scarf pattern? Thank you, Ruth Isenogle
PhalaG wrote
on Nov 9, 2008 2:40 PM

I'm making the scarf now, I had to have it. Im trying to use up extra yarn I have left over and this is a great project to do

Thanks, Ill be stylin in this scarf!

Thank you


mrsjkoster wrote
on Nov 9, 2008 10:23 AM

When I saw this, I just had to cast on RIGHT NOW.  I'm glad I did.  I'm about 40 inches into it using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in a gray color with a light lavender cast to it.  Beautiful!  This works up really quickly, and I'm enjoying knitting it.  This one is for my day care provider for Christmas.  I may have to make one for myself!  Denise

CaroR wrote
on Nov 7, 2008 1:40 PM

Thank you for this free pattern.  It is a very nice scarf for gift giving...

Kym wrote
on Nov 6, 2008 5:32 PM

downloaded ribbed scarf,will be another holiday gift for some one. Another great pattern Thanks Kym

CaterinaG wrote
on Nov 4, 2008 1:36 PM

I did this pattern, it's a very pretty scarf. I just had to adjust it since I thought the scarf was too short.

Mary@2 wrote
on Oct 30, 2008 10:27 AM




Yvonne@2 wrote
on Oct 27, 2008 1:06 PM

I'll add my complements to to everyone else.  I've just started knitting again after 20 years and am having more fun.  Thanks for all the beautiful free patterns


on Oct 25, 2008 2:09 PM


j'aime de modèle et cherche la traduction en français ... merci de me renseigner

à bientôt

AnneS wrote
on Oct 24, 2008 11:36 AM

This is a lovely pattern, think I'll leave off the lace edging when I do it for the male recipients ;-) .... will be knitting several for the Scarves for Orphans Society. Thank You for making this available.... Anne Stoddard

LoanN wrote
on Oct 15, 2008 9:40 AM

Lovely scarf. Thank you for the pattern. I'm rustic with the crochet but definitly worth trying again for this scarf.  The scallop edge balances the hard lines of the ribbing and soften it nicely. This scarf makes a great Christmas gift.

on Oct 14, 2008 6:37 PM

I had just purchased a skein of hand spun single ply camel from women in Mongolia when I ran across this pattern!!! Perfect!  Thanks!

MaxieS wrote
on Oct 14, 2008 8:02 AM

I may be missing something in the pattern but what size needles are used in the 'handspun' version? Thanks.

Bamboo! wrote
on Oct 13, 2008 5:47 PM

I would like to make that, but I am not that advanced in knitting... I've only been knitting for 2 years.

Eclecktic wrote
on Oct 12, 2008 8:16 AM

Thank you for including hand spun yarn information.

msome wrote
on Oct 9, 2008 10:45 PM

I don't crochet at all.  Can I substitute something for the crochet edging?

CarolR wrote
on Oct 8, 2008 12:44 PM

I don't wear scarves much, but this would make such a lovely neck warmer. All I'd have to do is shorten it a lot and add buttonholes. Cool!

skaterjo wrote
on Oct 8, 2008 7:11 AM

love the scarf but the instructions donot print....only the photo, and since it takes so much ink, I a rleuctant to try it again..anyone else have trouble getting it?

VirginiaW wrote
on Oct 7, 2008 2:57 PM

lst time around pattern would not print....second time it did.....Wouldn't it look great to add some beads to the  crochet edging ? ?

BettyM wrote
on Oct 7, 2008 12:12 PM

I just d/l this beautiful scarf.  Can't wait to start, but my question is this:  The pattern comes up stating Handspun Version.  Is there not also supposed to be a version using yarn shop yarn, not handspun?

Thanks for an answer.

MelissaH wrote
on Oct 7, 2008 8:23 AM

Beautiful Scarf Pattern!  Thanks ever so much!  I love it and its lacy edges!  :c)

SandyW wrote
on Oct 7, 2008 6:55 AM

oooh, oooh, oooh.... I'm going to adapt the ribbing and crochet lace to the cuffs of the next sweater and make the scarf to match.  How fiminine is that?  KD email makes my day.

JoyJ wrote
on Oct 7, 2008 1:24 AM

very beautiful pattern..

Sue Smith wrote
on Oct 7, 2008 12:56 AM

I love the way the crochet edging makes the ends splay.  A lovely simple pattern.

PattiO@2 wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 10:40 PM

Got it!! Thanks, I'm spinning dark brown alpaca now and I think it will be perfect for this scarf!!

RobynMay wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 10:36 PM

What a beauty! I'm inspired to spin up my new alpaca's fleece so I can knit it!

We have 2 alpacas, Charlie Brown & Ginger Meggs. Ginger is a baby we are hand rearing.... mother died of a snake bite ... so sad. Charlie had his first shear and the fleece is fine & soft & luxurious!

Fabulous pattern! Thank you


ConsueloB wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 9:00 PM

So pretty :-)

Anonymous wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 7:02 PM

Okay, I need some advice. I have downloaded a number of patterns over the past year or so with no problem. I'm obviously logged in or I couldn't post here at the forum. My pdf reader is up to date - as in I just reinstalled it to be sure. However, I've not been able to download the last two patterns. Nor can I find a direct email addy to contact someone at Knitting Daily directly to ask for help. Anyone have an email address or phone number I can use to get advice? Thanks!

SusanS@13 wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 6:47 PM

hi...i am from Wisconsin. So, with our cooler winters... a scarf like this is very welcome.

 I have been knitting for some online friends, in India.  And i'm sure this scarf wiould be a welcome gift.


ColleenA wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 6:27 PM

I have been wanting a scarf pattern with a ruffle for a couple of years!!!  YEA!!  I'm going to shorten it & add a button hole slit so I can slide one end through the other.  I think it will be very cute!!    Thank you

LiseG wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 6:26 PM

This is such a great pattern, so feminine! Right now, I'm knitting a man's scarf using this very same soft yarn, Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist in a nice dark grey. This will be a lot of fun to make as well. Thanks!

Eskiemomma wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 6:21 PM

Oh yes!!! There is no such thing as too many scarves or too many scarf patterns!!!! I can't to make this one. I think I am gonna try this one with a few different yarns that I have laying around. :-)

EvelynR wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 6:09 PM

Thank you very much for this beautiful pattern.

DeAnnW wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 4:39 PM

Ruth: (Adobe Acrobat is telling me the file is damaged. I've downloaded it multiple times, can't get any of them to open. )

You can try updating your Adobe Program.

To Sandi:  Thanks for he scarf pattern...I do like  knit and crochet together.

RoseA wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 4:12 PM

I was able to open it and save the document. If you would like me to send it to you email me and I'll be happy to send you a copy via  It's a very pretty pattern.

jjpiano wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 3:47 PM

I'm taking a little road trip this weekend with my daughter.  We know of a wonderful yarn shop and I think the yarn for this scarf would be a great souvenir.  :)


vanessa wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 3:33 PM

I am going away for a week, I will definately be taking this pattern. Hopefully I will be able to BLOG the finished scarf, when I get home to a computer!

JUST LOVE IT...... Thank you for submitting it, IT'S JUST GEORGOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Ann@2 wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 3:24 PM

Thank you, Mary Ann

Mary Ann@2 wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 3:23 PM

thank you,  Mary Ann

Joann wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 2:48 PM

What  lovely scarf.  I just finished the Road Scaf.  Made 6 for my Grandson's for Christmas.  I guess I will have to make the Ribbed scarf for the Grandson's wives.  What a wonderful gift idea  thanks.        Joann

VirginiaW wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 2:25 PM

Lovely pattern.  I could open it....but it printed everything except the instructions !!!!!!!Printed page one...the picture of the scarf and page two..materials etc.  So I had to hand write them

IrisM wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 2:04 PM

What a lovely scarf and I'm just, now, finishing up some approx. DK handspun. Now, what color to dye it????

Sharon Luke wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 1:20 PM opened on the second try.....

Sharon Luke wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 1:19 PM

Hi...I'm in the same boat about the PDF.  I tried it with Acrobat Reader 7.0 and Adobe Acrobat Pro 6.0 with no luck.  It says the file was damaged because of improper decoding and now can't be opened.

Please re-post and I'll check back again.  Thanks!

EmiG wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 1:13 PM

Thanks for the free pattern, I love the edging :)

BarbaraY wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 1:11 PM

You have to sign in before trying to open the pattern.

ChristineN wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 1:05 PM

I have many scarf patterns, but I definitely like this one.  I'll probably end up making several for my granddaughters, but I'll have to adjust the length for the younger ones.  Thanks for the free pattern. : )

IonaM wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 12:53 PM

Last thing I need is another scarf but this one is so pretty, will be next thing I make.

RuthR@2 wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 12:51 PM

Adobe Acrobat is telling me the file is damaged. I've downloaded it multiple times, can't get any of them to open. :(

LeslieB wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 12:44 PM

Oh, likes it, I do...  It look like it will bed fun to knit.

BarbaraD wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 12:32 PM

very pretty pattern - thank you.