Farrow Rib Scarf Pattern

A closeup on the farrow rib scarf

Sarah E. White

The farrow rib is a simple pattern stitch that uses only knits and purls but is a little more interesting than straight garter or stockinette stitch.

It's perfect for beginners because it is an easy pattern that looks somewhat fancy.

This scarf is wide and long and great for men or women.


  • two balls bulky weight yarn, around 300 yards
  • size 10 US needles (size 6 mm or 4 UK)
  • sewing needle or crochet hook to weave in ends


18.5 stitches and 16 rows per 4 inches/10 cm, or 4.5 stitches and 4 rows per inch/2.5 cm in Farrow Rib. Gauge is not totally critical but should be close to get a scarf of similar size.


Finished scarf is 6 inches/15 cm wide and 72 inches/1.8 meters long.


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  1. Cast on 28 stitches using your favorite cast on method.
  2. Row one: *Knit 2, purl 1. Repeat from * to the last stitch, knit 1.
  3. Row two: Purl 1, *knit 2, purl 1. Repeat from * to end.
  4. Repeat for pattern until you almost run out of yarn, or about 72 inches, or to your desired length.
  5. Bind off. Cut off any excess yarn so you're left with only a few inches to weave in. Use a crochet hook or yarn needle to weave in ends.

Make it Your Own

Of course, you can make a scarf in any width or length you like. Farrow Rib uses multiples of 3 plus 1 stitches, so to make a narrower scarf -- this one is pretty wide -- you could use, say 19 or even 13 stitches. You can also make it longer or shorter as you like, bearing in mind that you will need more yarn if you want a longer scarf.

If you want to make a scarf in this pattern but you don't want to use bulky yarn, you can do that as well. Use the yarn you want and the corresponding size needle suggested on the ball band. Knit a swatch in the amount that you think will make a little more than 4 inches/10 cm in width, and knit for 4 or 5 inches/10-13 cm.

Measure how many stitches you got in 4 inches, then divide by 4 to determine the number of stitches per inch. Decide how wide you want your scarf to be and multiply that width by the number of stitches per inch. Make sure your number is a multiple of 3 plus 1 before you begin.

More Farrow Rib Patterns

There are not actually a whole lot of knitting patterns out there that use Farrow Rib, which is a shame, because it's a nice-looking stitch that doesn't roll and is easy to knit.

If you like this stitch pattern and want to try more projects using it, here are a few options.

Bee Made uses the pattern in a cowl, which you could also easily do by just making this pattern a little wider if you want and sewing the cast on and bound off edges together.

Knit Picks has another cute cowl using the stitch pattern, which looks like a kerchief or collar wrapped around the neck.

Add the stitch pattern to socks with a pattern from Allison Sarnoff.

For $5 you can get your hands on this pattern for gauntlets using Farrow Rib and cables for a fun textured look, from Kristin Llyr.

Denise Canela has a great bulky farrow rib hat that would be a great accompaniment to this scarf. It also features a contrasting pom-pom on top, which is fun. The patterns cost $2.99. There's also a hat and scarf pattern combo for $1.99 from Diana Troldohl.

I also really like the little farrow rib headband from Suzette Lenzen. It's a $3 pattern from Etsy but it's a cute basic shape that you could use with a lot of different stitch patterns if you wanted to.