Ribbed Lace Scarf
Ribbed Lace Scarf

Ribbed Lace Scarf

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving holiday! There’s only a little over twenty days until Christmas and I’m sure you all are getting your gifts and plans in order for the special day. If you are going to knit a gift this year and haven’t decided on what, take a look at my “Holiday Quick Knits” section. If you still can’t find what you are looking for then my new scarf pattern might do the trick.

This ribbed lace scarf is the newest addition to my “Quick Knits” series. I have seen many different ribbed lace patterns but I haven’t seen one that produces a design quite like this one.

Ribbed lace - Purl Avenue

I admit when I first tested out the stitch I was very skeptical. But after forcing myself to stick it out for about five or six rows, I was very pleased with the stitch pattern. The pattern produces a helix/zigzag-like design for the ribbing and is separated with yarn-overs which make up the lace portion. I used a bamboo/acrylic blend yarn which makes this scarf look extra fluffy and airy (or maybe it’s just the stitch pattern).

In the end, I am very pleased with the result: a very attractive and stretchy scarf that takes almost no time at all to knit. Side note: I do recommend blocking the scarf for best results. My scarf did curl a bit near the cast-on and bind-off edges.

Ribbed Lace Scarf - Purl Avenue

I added tassels to my Ribbed Lace Scarf. Measures approx. 63″ (160cm) long and 5″ (13cm) wide unstretched and without tassels.

Ribbed Lace Scarf - Purl Avenue

Ribbed Lace Scarf - Purl Avenue

I apologize for the quality of the pics. It’s been very dark today and the forecast says that it will remain so for the next week 🙁

Here is the pattern:


2 skeins of Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Weight

  • 109yds (100m) per skein
  • 3.5oz (100g) per skein
  • US 11 (8mm)

US 11 (8mm) straight needles
Yarn/Tapestry needle


CO 21 sts.

Row 1: K1, *yo, P3tog, yo, K1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: P2tog, yo, K1, yo, *P3tog, yo, K1, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2tog.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until desired length. Bind-off and weave in loose ends. Optional: add tassels.

ribbed scarf - Purl Avenue


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  1. Maria

    I love the scarf pictured, but I can’t figure out how you could make this scarf with only decreases and no increases; you’d have no stitches by row 4. I’m confused, and I’d really love to make this scarf as a present.


    1. Purl Avenue

      The “yo”s (yarn overs) are increases. Everytime you do a yo it is one increase. In the repeat there are two increases and a p3tog is a decrease of two. So it equals out and you should have the same number of stitches you started off with.

  2. Sheila Beeby

    Hi – sorry to trouble you, but I’m just a tad confused by the pattern. It says to cast on 21 stitches, but when I clicked on the link to see how it was actually done, it took me to Bamboo Stitch and stated for that pattern you should use an even number of stitches.
    Please let me know.

    Huge thanks, it really is a lovely scarf.

    1. Purl Avenue

      The link provided in the comments is for another knitter who didn’t know how to knit a yo. As explained in that comment, the video is a tutorial for the Bamboo Stitch but the yo technique is shown and can be used as an example for this pattern. The video is a completely different stitch and should not be used for this pattern except for the yo part.

  3. bethany

    As I am doing this pattern, it will start off as wide then go into very narrow. I am following the pattern but I can’t figue out what I am doing wrong. Please help me because I really want to get it right.

    1. Lisa Ogilvie

      If the scarf is narrowing on you then you are losing stitches, in this case check your yo, the yo on a current row is the new stitch on the next row. If these instructions are followed exactly as written then the scarf comes out exactly like the picture. you can always do a quick stitch count after each row until you’re certain you’ve got the hang of it, there will always be 21 sts in every row. Hope this helps someone. Happy Knitting

  4. Galene tait

    Bethany I think I know what you are doing wrong took me a minute. First row easy but second row you start with first lot of instructions but from then on knIt only between” ” and it looks right to me just counting the stitches quickly. Should be quick and easy

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