Ruffle-Ribbed Scarf

[Accidental] Ruffle Scarf

Ruffle Rib Scarf

Early on in my knitting odyssey, I was thrilled by the concept of ribbing (I was still just a padawan learner, like I said).  And so I was daring enough to buy a gorgeous Noro yarn and knit myself a scarf.  I began with a 4×4 rib, and after a few inches I found myself accidentally engaging in a 2×2 rib.  At first I panicked at the prospect of having to rip back (horrors!).  But upon closer inspection, I realized that the mistake I made actually resulted in a delightful ruffle!  I continued in 2×2 ribbing until I was almost out of yarn, and switched back to the 4×4 rib for the final few rows.  A happy accident indeed!

Materials Needed:

  • 2 balls Noro worsted weight yarn
  • 1 pair size US 8 bamboo needles
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: not vital to the success of this project

Size: One size fits all


  • Cast on 40 stitches (sounds like a lot, but the ribbing will contract it)
  • *Knit 4 stitches, purl 4 stitches* (4×4 rib) repeat to end.
  • Continue in established pattern for approx 2 inches or 10 rows.
  • Next row: *knit 2, purl 2* repeat to end (establishing 2×2 rib).
  • Continue to knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches for approximately 72 inches.
  • Next row: *knit 4, purl 4* repeat to end (re-establishing 4×4 rib).
  • Continue in established pattern for approx 2 inches or 10 rows.
  • Bind off all stitches, weave in ends.

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4 thoughts on “Ruffle-Ribbed Scarf

  1. Jules

    Since knitt tueday at four is a no go, Robert and Jules are enjoying your Dana must knit at the apple store Encinitas, on an ipad

  2. Dana Mekler

    Hi! I can’t remember and of course threw away the label. It was one of my earliest projects, when I was rogue and irresponsible w/ my materials and notes! My deepest apologies…But ANY color will be gorgeous on YOU, I’m sure!!!

  3. Elaine Gindi

    What a nice surprise! I was looking on the web for a pattern to knit a ruffled scarf. After visiting many websites I came upon yours. ” That’s my niece, DANA!” It was meant to be! I am going to knit your scarf. I’ll send a photo when it’s finished.
    Happy Birthday, Happy New Year!
    Aunt Eal

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