Knitting our Braided Rib Scarf is like creating beautiful vines with your own fingers! Its stitch pattern may introduce you to little one-stitch cables, a simple technique that requires no cable stitch holder or special skills, but that makes for a deceptively intricate and decidedly gorgeous scarf! (Don’t worry, our Braided Ribbing Tutorial explains it all!)

Braided Rib Scarf | Purl Soho

In our supremely soft and warm Cashmere Tend, you or someone you love will be very happy to wrap up in this beauty as winter raises her icy hand. Cashmere Tend also knits up easily on US 8 needles and comes in this particularly fetching Olive Oil color, which wondrously turns braids into flora!

Braided Rib Scarf | Purl Soho

A classic that never grows old, the Braided Rib Scarf is a wonderful gift to whip up in the closing hours of holiday knitting… An interesting stitch pattern, a lovely texture, and a truly joyful yarn to spend some time with!

Braided Rib Scarf | Purl Soho

Materials

Braided Rib Scarf | Purl Soho
  • 6 skeins of Purl Soho’s Cashmere Tend, 100% cashmere. Each skein is 82 yards; approximately 480 yards required. We used the color Olive Oil.
  • US 8 straight or circular knitting needles

Gauge

25 stitches = 4 inches in stitch pattern, blocked

Size

Finished Dimensions: 7½ inches x 66 inches

Notes

Stitch Multiple

To make your scarf a different width, cast on any multiple of 5 + 2 stitches.

Tutorial

For a demonstration of how to work this stitch pattern, please check out our Braided Ribbing Tutorial.

Pattern

Cast on 47 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): P2, *k1, insert needle from back to front between 1st and 2nd stitch on left-hand needle and knit 2nd stitch, then knit 1st stitch and let both stitches drop off left-hand needle, p2, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2 (wrong side): K2, *p1, skip 1st stitch and purl 2nd stitch on left-hand needle, then purl skipped stitch and let both stitches drop off left-hand needle, k2, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approximately 66 inches, ending with a right-side row.

Next Row (wrong side): Bind off in pattern. Here’s how…

K2, bind off 1, *p1, bind off 1, skip 1st stitch and purl 2nd stitch on left-hand needle, bind off 1, then purl skipped stitch and let both stitches drop off left-hand needle, bind off 1, [k1, bind off 1] two times, repeat from * to end of row. NOTE: This bind off is demonstrated in our Braided Ribbing Tutorial. Simply skip ahead to 2:53 minutes.

Weave in ends and block as desired.

Braided Rib Scarf | Purl Soho