Ode to Knitting: Extra Bulky Ribbed Scarf


Although the weather has been amazingly mild here in Minnesota, as a lifelong Minnesotan I  know freezing temperatures are hiding just around the corner. I like to stock up on winter accessories long before the cold and often sew, knit or crochet my own.  I am a cold person by nature and nothing makes me more uncomfortable than a breeze down my neck and am obsessed with cowls and scarves that keep me free of drafts. 

The scarf I am sharing today is one of my favorites to reach for when it’s freezing outside.  It is knit in extra bulky yarn for supreme warmth with a dimensional rib pattern for textural interest. Generous in length – over six feet long – it can be wrapped multiple times around you neck to keep you snuggled. The yarn I use for this scarf is soft and easy to care for.  Knit in a delectable golden hue, this scarf is the perfect accessory to brighten any gray day. I guarantee it will keep you toasty warm even in a cold Minnesota winter. 


Knit cast on

Knit stitch

Slip stitch

Bind off

**YouTube is a great place to find how-to videos


  • Size 15 needles
  • 6 skeins of Vanna’s Choice worsted yarn in “Mustard” or your color of choice
  • Large eye blunt needle


R1 – row 1

R2 – row 2

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

CO – cast on

SL – slip

WYIF – with yarn in front

REP – repeat

STS – stitches

BO – bind off

Dimensional Rib Pattern: (multiple of 4 sts + 3)  


With 3 strands held together, using the “knit” method, CO 19 stitches

Begin working in dimensional rib:

R1 (RS): K3, *sl 1 wyif, k3; rep from * to end. 
R2 (WS): K1, *sl 1 wyif, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1 wyif, k1. 

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you run out of yarn (about 6 feet) – make sure to leave enough yarn (three times the width of the scarf) to bind off

BO and weave in loose ends

With the bulky nature of this scarf you could easily finish it in a weekend. Make one for yourself of whip up a few as beautiful one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Be sure to check out my pattern for fingerless mitts; knit them in the same color and you will have a gorgeous gift set. Stay warm and happy knitting!



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One thought on “Ode to Knitting: Extra Bulky Ribbed Scarf

  1. Pingback: Ode to Crochet: Easy Peasy Color Block Scarf | gray duck

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