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Ridged Stockinette Scarf


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Ridged Stockinette Stitch Scarf

The Ridged Stockinette Stitch Scarf warms my bannister.

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There's nothing more comforting than a really bulky scarf on a warm winter day. Being able to envelop yourself in knitting is a great way to stay warm and show off your knitting skills.

This beautiful yarn -- Malabrigo Rasta -- called out to me for a simple stitch pattern that would show off the beautiful colors. I came up with this riff on Stockinette Stitch that I'm calling Ridged Stockinette. It uses a purl row every four rows, making for quick, easy, mindless knitting perfect for a few cozy evenings at home.

The scarf itself is heavy enough that there isn't really a lot of curl at the top and bottom, so you could leave out the fringe to save on yarn (you'd only need two skeins if you leave it off) or to make it more man-friendly. Either way, this is a super cute project that won't take a lot of time or a lot of yarn, whether you're warming yourself or doing some last-minute gift knitting.


  • two or three skeins of Malabrigo Rasta (I used color 863, Zarzamora) -- the third skein is only for fringe, so you'll have a lot left over; you can also just buy two skeins and either leave off the fringe or cut the fringe first and knit the scarf as long as you can with the remaining yarn -- or about 200 yards of any super-bulky yarn of your choice
  • one pair of size 13 US (9 mm) knitting needles
  • tape measure, scissors and large crochet hook


Gauge is not critical, but I got 10 stitches and 8 rows per 4 inches in Ridged Stockinette Stitch (see below for pattern).


Finished scarf is about 6 inches wide and 60 inches long, excluding fringe, which adds about 12 inches to each side.

Knitting the Scarf:

  1. Cast on 15 stitches.
  2. Work in Ridged Stockinette Stitch as follows:
    • Row 1: (wrong side) Purl.
    • Rows 2-4: Knit.
  3. Continue in pattern to length of your choice, or about 60 inches, ending on row 2.
  4. Bind off in purl.
  5. If making fringe, you can make it any length you like and use as much as you want. I cut pieces that were 24 inches long and used 3 strands held together to make 5 segments of fringe on each end of the scarf (for 30 pieces total).

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