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Grecian Rib Scarf

Someone once told me, "If you aren't ready to rip it out, then you aren't ready to knit." Years later, I fully understand. Ripping things out, or rather the ability to rip things out, is one of the many reasons I love to knit. Another reason, which goes hand-in-hand, is that I never stop learning from knitting. And now, a quick tale of both...

Recently I was working on a project that was sure to be my favorite of the season. It was a vintage-inspired, fitted cardigan vest. I had worked out the shaping and paired it with a (new-to-me) handsome stitch I had just fallen in love with,  the Grecian Rib Stitch. I was sure the combination of the stitch with the cut couldn't be beat!  Oh, how wrong I was.

The Grecian Rib Stitch slants... a lot... even after blocking. I finished the back of the vest, and suspicious, I rigorously blocked it, only to see my askew darts still pointing off toward the top left shoulder. What should have been somewhat of a rectangle turned out to be quite the rhombus. Needless to say, I started ripping. The good news: one, I learned the nuances of this lovely stitch, and two, the Grecian Rib Scarf was born.

The Grecian Rib Stitch lends itself beautifully to bias knitting, with softly textured ribs that move gracefully from one corner to the other. And for total elegance (and comfort!), I used Jade Sapphire's sumptuous Zaego 6-ply cashmere. It's so soft and beautiful, I felt lucky to use it, not just once, but twice!

While it's no vest, this Grecian Rib Scarf makes me smile and is, in fact, a favorite of mine. Here's to ripping things out, may it be rare, but fruitful!

Materials

Gauge

8 stitches = 1 inch in stitch pattern

Size

With Tassels: 6 inches wide by 88 inches long

Without Tassels: 6 inches wide by 78 inches long

Notes

Click here for a photo-tutorial explaining Grecian Rib Stitch.

Pattern

Begin

Cast on 5 stitches.

Increase

Row 1: *Knit the 2nd stitch, lift this stitch over the first stitch and off the needle as if to bind off, knit the 1st stitch normally, repeat from * to last stitch, knit into front and back (kfb). (6 stitches)

Row 2: (K1, p1) to end.

Row 3: *Knit the 2nd stitch, lift this stitch over the first stitch and off the needle as if to bind off, knit the 1st stitch normally, repeat from * to last 2, k1, kfb. (7 stitches)

Row 4: P1, (k1, p1) to end.

Repeat the last 4 rows, 20 more times. (47 stitches)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2, one more time. (48 stitches)

Work Even

Next Row: *Knit the 2nd stitch, lift this stitch over the first stitch and off the needle as if to bind off, knit the 1st stitch normally, repeat from * to end.

Next Row: (K1, p1) to end.

Repeat last 2 rows, until piece measures approximately 62 inches from cast on edge.

Decrease

Row 1: K2tog, *knit the 2nd stitch, lift this stitch over the first stitch and off the needle as if to bind off, knit the 1st stitch normally, repeat from * to end. (47 stitches)

Row 2: K1, (p1, k1).

Row 3: K2tog, k1, *knit the 2nd stitch, lift this stitch over the first stitch and off the needle as if to bind off, knit the 1st stitch normally, repeat from * to end. (46 stitches)

Row 4: (K1, p1) to end.

Repeat Rows 1- 4, 20 more times. (6 stitches)

Repeat Decrease Rows 1 and 2, one more time. (5 stitches)

Bind of 5 in knit.

Weave in the ends.

Make Tassels

Make 2 tassels, each measuring approximately 5 to 5 1/2 inches long.

Wrap yarn around a 6 inch tall piece of cardboard. (I wrapped my yarn around about 40 times.) Cut your yarn.

Cut a 10 inch strand of yarn and thread it into a tapestry needle. At the top of the cardboard, bring the needle under the wraps of yarn. Remove the tapestry needle off and make a tight knot around the wrapped yarn. (Later, you will use the tails of this strand to attach the tassel to the scarf.)

At the opposite end of the tassel, carefully slide the blade of a scissor between the wrapped yarn and the cardboard. Cut the wrapped yarn, freeing it from the cardboard.

Lay the tassel on a flat surface and with a second 10 inch stand of yarn, tie a tight knot approximately 3/4 inches from the top. Gently shake out your tassel and trim the ends so they are even.

Attach the Tassels

Attach a tassel to each end of the scarf by weaving in the tails of the tassel's knot. Make sure to weave the strands away from the cast on (or bind off) edge and then back towards it to fully secure your tassel. Our How to Weave in your Ends tutorial has some great tips!

And you've done it! You've made the Grecian Rib Stitch Scarf.

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55 Responses to Grecian Rib Scarf


  1. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I just started to knit this lovely scarf. It took a while, but I think I finally got the hang of the Grecian rib pattern. What I am confused about is the other side. Should I be knitting the knits and purling the purls or knitting the purls and purling the knits?

    After a row of the grecian rib I end up with a p,k,p,k (repeat). Is that right?

    Thanks!!

  2. purl bee says:

    Hello Stephanie.
    Glad you like the scarf. As for the Wrong Side…

    While you are increasing…
    if you are increasing, if you have an even number of stitches, you should (k1, p1) on the WS.
    if you have an odd number of stitches you should p1 (k1, p1) on the WS.

    While you are working evenly (with an even number of stitches) you should (k1,p1) on the WS.

    While you are decreasing…
    if you are increasing, if you have an even number of stitches, you should (k1, p1) on the WS.
    if you have an odd number of stitches you should k1 (p1, k1) on the WS.

    Thanks for writing in.
    Laura

  3. Melissa says:

    Hello,

    I am also trying to be ambitious and knit this beautiful scarf! I've read through all the comments and watched the video that was posted earlier, it seems like I'm doing it right but it just doesn't look right! Can you send through the pictures you've mentioned for other's who have asked? Thanks!

  4. Jane says:

    Can I use the jade sapphire 4 ply or would it be too thin?

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Jane.
    I haven't worked with Jade Sapphire's 4-ply before. It is definitely going to be thinner. The nice thing about scarves is that they don't have to button around your waist or reach to your wrists (they don't have to 'fit' like sweater). If you change yarns (and even if you don't) be sure to make a gauge swatch first so you can find the perfect needles and so you know you'll be producing a fabric you like. You will most likely be on a smaller needle and the scarf will most likely be narrower than mine here, but I'm sure it will be just lovely all the same.
    Laura

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