Ridge Rib Men’s Scarf


Hope you all had a fantastic holiday! If you decided to knit your gifts this year, hope you were able to finish them. If not, well there is always next year. I came very close to not finishing my knits this holiday season. Spent many hours knitting and I think it all turned out very well.

Several weeks ago, while I was knitting a scarf for a friend, I realized that I haven’t designed a men’s scarf for Purl Avenue. With that said, I’ve decided to share this men’s scarf pattern with you all. This is the exact scarf that I knitted as a gift for my friend for Christmas.

Ridge Rib Men Scarf - Purl Avenue

The Ridge Rib Men’s Scarf was knitted using the Ridge Rib stitch. There is nothing complicated about this stitch. It uses variations of knits and purls and no increases or decreases.

Β Ridge Rib - Purl Avenue

The Ridge Rib stitch is simple and gorgeous. It adds that little something to the Rib Stitch.

Ridge Rib Men Scarf 2 - Purl Avenue

After blocking, this scarf measures about 81″ (206 cm) long and 8″ (20 cm) wide.


370 yards/338 meters medium or worsted weight yarn
US 10 straight needles
Yarn/tapestry needle


CO 31 sts.

Row 1 (RS): knit.
Row 2: knit.
Row 3: p1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 4: k1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-4 to desired length. Weave in loose ends and block for optimal results.

Ridge Rib Men Scarf - Purl Avenue

Now you’ve knitted yourself a brand new, modern and sleek-looking scarf!

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  1. Great scarf! I like the look of that ridge rib stitch. xoxo

  2. Lorene Frischknecht

    I love your stitch patterns! they are very easy to read and understand! Many thanks!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

      • Row 1 says (RS) knit… Is that a special type of knit stitch or do I just knit the first two rows? Newbie here.

        • And what is blocking?

        • (RS) stands for the right side of the knitting (as opposed to the wrong side or WS). Blocking involves dampening the finished piece, gently stretching it to its desired dimensions, pinning it down with about a gajillion pins πŸ™‚ , and letting it dry flat. Blocking a piece has the advantage of making your knitting look even neater and more uniform, evening out tension issues, and generally giving it a professional-looking finish.

        • It means Right Side. So when the tail of your yarn is on the left.

  3. Beautiful pattern. Always looking for new men’s patterns. Can this be done on circular needles? What would change if so?

  4. this is a great design for a man’s scarf !!! even better it’s not complicated and easy to follow…thank you for sharing this…Cheers

  5. I would like to make this scarf a little wider. How does one increase the stitches? Thank you.

    • This scarf was knitted in a multiple of 2 sts + 1. I’m not sure how much wider you would like the scarf to be but as long as you cast on a multiple of 2 sts + 1 you will be okay.

  6. I just found your website today an it is awesome. I learned. A lot from here . Thank you. I’m still trying to learn.

  7. I just discovered this pattern last night and absolutely love it!! I have a few men in my life to knit for and this will be perfect for at least one of them. I was wondering if you’d designed a matching/coordinating hat by any chance, or if you plan to in the near future. Thanks for such a great, easy pattern! Christmas gifts here I come! LOL

  8. I am an electronic technician who used to do needlepoint to keep my hands nimble. My failing eyesight has recently caused me to take up knitting. I found this pattern via Google, and have fallen for your web site. I only have 16 rows knitted so far, but I can see it is going to be wonderful! Thank you!!!

  9. I was wondering if you’d designed a matching/coordinating hat to this lovely pattern by any chance, or if you plan to in the near future, or do you already have a hat pattern that would sort of go with this one?

    • Hello Elaine. As I am finishing a vest knitted in this stitch pattern, I have thought about a hat as I have extra yarn. I am thinking about using a basic pull on hat pattern with several inches of rib. Instead of the typical rib, I will use the ridge rib which is reversible & could be turned up. The vest pattern, Classic Shawl CollarVest, is from Mari Sweaters & was purchased through patternfish.com.

  10. I have just finished the scarf for my husband ahead of our trip to Alaska. I’m an absolute beginner knitter and am thrilled with the result. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Hi, love the pattern. Am still quite new to knitting so I was wondering if you could tell me what you mean by ‘block for optimum results?’
    Many thanks

  12. Thanks for sharing this pattern. I just made it for my dad as a birthday gift and it came out beautifully.

  13. Thank you for the pattern, it is so easy to do and it looks soo good. I just started knitting 4 days ago, and this is my second scarf, I make it for my husband. I think he will like it the same as me. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much! I’ll probably try out more things from your site, just need to buy more yarn. πŸ˜€

  14. I am making this scarf now. I also chose a grey color (before I saw your Pattern). It is an easy pattern but looks so nice! I am using size 9 needles so it is a little narrower than 8 inches. Do you think a short fringe would look OK on this scarf? Or should I just leave it as is? thanks for your great patterns

    • I think a short fringe would look great!

      • Thank you Purl Avenue. I will definitely do the short fringe and will send a picture when I finish the scarf! Almost there and it looks great!!

      • Made this scarf. Did end up leaving off the short fringe. I like it just the way it looks now. My granddaughter saw the pattern, loved it and wants me to make her an infinity scarf in this pattern. Should I just make the scarf and then join the ends or can this be made in the round? I would appreciate your help on this. Thank you!!!

  15. Could you use this pattern for a woman

  16. I would like to use the exact yarn that you used in your photos for the ribbed ridge men’s scarf. Can you tell me what that is and the specific color. Thanks very much.

  17. Newbie knitter. First scarf… Can you tell me suggested length? Beautiful pattern! Can’t wait to start!

    • For a man’s scarf, I would recommend 60″ (5 ft). Of course if the person is more on the taller side, I would add a few more inches. Hope that helps. Happy knitting!

  18. I had saved this pattern some time back and now is the best time to get busy & knit this scarf. What I found attractive about this project was its simplicity and good looks!! Thank you. I always like to come to your web page & I always learn something new (I’m new at this & still learning)

  19. Just wondering what the tapestry needle is used for?

  20. I want to use wool or alpaca for this scarf. Would the following specs work:

    Fiber: 100% Baby Alpaca
    Weight: 100g – 3.5oz
    Yardage: 108yds
    Needle size: US 10
    Gauge: 3.5 -sts per 1″

  21. In order to have both ends match, would I end with row 1 and 2 or on row 4? I’m almost finished and want to be sure it turns out right. Thanks!

  22. Sorry, just saw that you added the in the round instructions, so I guess my question is answered! I will try it in the round and in a red color for my granddaughter. She also wants one in grey!!!

  23. The scarf came out so beautiful! Is there a men’s hat pattern that you would suggest to go with it?

  24. Knitting this scarf in a soft grey wool for my son’s Christmas gift and I love it! Very simple but very classy and manly : )

  25. I’m a very new knitter and learning how to read patterns. When you say p1, *k1, p1, rep from * to end of row… does that mean p1,k1,p1,k1,p1,p1,k1,p1,p1 or does it mean p1,k1,p1,k1,p1,k1,p1?

    • Your first stitch should be p1. Everything after the * (in this case, k1, p1) are your repeats. When knitting this pattern, you are going to do the p1 and then do your repeat stitches (k1, p1) until you reach the end. Hope that helps.

  26. wonder about using two different colors and making a stripe with this? would that work? I am thinking a gray and a black.

  27. I created a hat to match the Ridge Rib scarf by modifying a pattern by Margaret Schroder. I have a picture of it and am willing to share the pattern.

    • Please share. I have many knitters asking for a matching hat pattern and I’m sure it would be much appreciated πŸ™‚

  28. I made this for Christmas, in a DK weight (8ply) merino wool from New Zealand, on size 7 needles(35 stitches across), and it was gorgeous. Thanks for posting the pattern.

  29. Ridge Rib Toboggan

    Size: Adult L Michael’s Impeccable Yarn
    Size 7 circular needles – 16 inch
    Cast on 112 stitches. Join, being careful not to twist.
    Knit in the round – k1, p1 for 2 – 2 Β½ inches
    Knit 1 round, increasing every 14 stitches = (120)

    Row 1 p9, k6…..across
    Row 2 Knit
    Row 3 p1, *k1, p1 for 9 sts, k6, p1, k1, p1 for 9 sts…..across
    Row 4 p1, *k1, p1 for 9 sts, k6, p1, k1, p1 for 9 sts…..across
    Row 5 p9, k6…..across
    Row 6 knit
    Row 7 p1, *k1, p1 for 9 sts, k6, p1, k1, p1 for 9 sts…..across
    Row 8 p1, *k1, p1 for 9 sts, c6f, p1, k1, p1 for 9 sts…..across

    Repeat rows 1-8 (5 times,) then rows 1 and 2.

    Row 1 p2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2tog, k6…..across
    Row 2 p1, k2tog, p1, k2tog, p1, k6……across
    Row 3 p2tog, p1, p2tog, k6……across
    Row 4 k2tog, k1, k6…..across
    Row 5 p2tog, k6…..across
    Row 6 p1, c6f…..across
    Row 7 p2tog, k1…..across
    Row 8 k2tog…..until 6 sts remain

    Run yarn through and draw up. Secure ends.

    • Awesome! Thank you! Is there a way to knit this flat?

    • Why is there one cable at in this item c6f in rows 8 and row in the decrease area row 6. Did I read wrong? Thank you. Excellent site. I have arthritis in my hands but you have made the items so simple. I am new to your site but I am staying.

  30. Thank you for this website. I wanted to get back into knitting and started with this scarf, it looks fantastic. My daughter’s boyfriend is now begging for a matching hat. Is there one please?

    • You’re welcome. I haven’t designed a hat pattern that matches this scarf but a fellow reader (Justine) was kind enough to post her hat pattern in the comments above. I have not tested it but I’m sure it will work well with the scarf.

  31. I just fell in love with this scarf–am definitely making MYSELF (a woman of a certain age–hahaha–) one. I have lots of leftover worsted and will use it up…thanks for a great site…hugs, Julierose

  32. Thank you for this pattern! I am an advanced beginner knitter and stumbled upon your website while looking for men’s scarves patterns. I am making this in petrol blue colour and would be gifting it to my professor! πŸ™‚

    Thanks again for your work and effort!

  33. I’m also going to use the red heart with love yarn. Did you block this acrylic yarn? Will it look better if I try to block it? I’m. New knitter and have never blocked.

  34. I have two priest friends, and I knitted them the scarf in black. . Black is torture to knit with, but well worth it in the end. I live in Australia, and I used our size 8 needles and 8 ply wool. Thank you very much.

  35. Please tell me whether it is 2ply or 4ply wool

  36. My son has just mentioned to my husband that all he wants for Christmas is a scarf made by me. Do you think I have enough time to knit this by Christmas, I’m not your fasted knitter. Thanks so much for sharing.

  37. Just finished this scarf for my boyfriend using a tweedy looking merino/cashmere wool. It looks really handsome. I have never blocked before but am going to do that. Thank you so much for posting this pattern. He loves it and I do too! Mary

  38. Beautiful pattern!!!!! Ty!!! Making this in stripes of camel & grass green for my grandson!

  39. Hi, I’m writing you from Florence Italy. I made my 15 year old nephew this scarf in beige for Christmas and when my son (his father) saw it finished, he asked me to make not only one for him, but this same great pattern in many different colors and yarns. The pattern comes out well in different weights and colors of yarn. In fact I have already given my son one in beige alpaca and another in two strads of variegated sock yarn in grey tones worked together. All three have had great success with my men. Keep up the good work.

  40. I really like the pattern, so I will make the scarf for my husband.

  41. I would like to make this scarf, but I knit with circular needles. Can I use them to make this scarf. Thank you.

  42. Is this reversible? Are the 2 sides the same? Thanks!

  43. I love this, was crushed when it was knitting and not crochet.

  44. What sort of cast on stitch should I use? I see that are there are several kinds but which on would be good for this pattern?

  45. I really want to knit this scarf but I am allergic to wool – can you tell me what type of yarn I should use instead. Thanks so much

    • Hi Juli-Ann,
      There are many alternative options available. If you’re looking for natural fibers, you can try alpaca, cashmere, cotton, mohair, silk, linen or bamboo. There are many synthetic fibers available as well such as acrylic. For this pattern, I would suggest either cotton, alpaca, or acrylic. Just make sure you’re using worsted weight and you should be good to go!


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