If you are interested in learning new crafting skills, knitting should definitely be on that list somewhere. It is a great way to create your own home decor accents, clothing items and so much more. Now that we are in the middle of fall it is the perfect time for a scarf tutorial! Here is our beginner’s version of a wool ribbed knit scarf with a little leather accent.
The pattern for our ribbed knit scarf is a great progression from our knit garter stitch pillows and stockinette stitch pillows. These pillows use both knitting and purling, which is exactly what you’ll be doing to knit this scarf. The difference is that instead of knitting an entire row, purling an entire row and then repeating like the stockinette stitch, the stitches for this scarf alternate knit stitches and purl stitches to create the tight ribbed pattern. You can find ribbing around the cuffs of your sweaters, necklines and waistbands – it’s stretchy and thick, which is perfect for a scarf! This is a 1 x 1 rib (1 knit stitch, 1 purl stitch, repeat), but you can make all types of ribbing combinations to create different looks.
We used three skeins of bulky wool yarn in Cobblestone Heather from Knit Picks to complete this ribbed knit scarf. Find links in Shop this Project! You’ll need the circular knitting needles to knit the scarf, and then the jumbo yarn needles to sew in the ends. The leather detailing is totally optional, but we thought it would be a nice touch for a stylish scarf. We used a sewing machine to attach this part, and you can find some of our tips for sewing with leather in our leather wallet instructions. To guide you through making your ribbed knit scarf, we also put together two new instructional videos! The first new video below shows you how to slip a stitch at the end of the row to get a nice smooth edge. Then you can use the second video to learn how to bind off with a purl stitch/knit stitch combination.
We hope you enjoy your new scarf! You can browse all of our yarn projects here, or head over to our membership page to start downloading. Show off your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #DIYDreamingWithLia, we love admiring your work! And don’t forget that we’re always here to answer any questions you have. Cheers! ~ Lia and the Team