Snark & Banter

[Knits] How to knit a "Mistake Rib Stitch" scarf

A close up of the pattern.

A close up of the pattern.

Yay! First knitting post!

I have recently started knitting and wanted to do a tutorial for my first scarf. Behold: The Mistake Rib Stitch Scarf!

This is the perfect winter scarf due to its thick and plush texture. The design is unisex and perfect for both men and women. Don’t know what to give your boyfriend for his birthday? Make this! Out of money but want to show your appreciation? Make this scarf!

But how? Here’s your guide!

What you need:

I found this pattern on purlbee. The pattern is fairly simple and perfect for beginners.

  1. Cast on 39 stitches. (note: Mistake rib is a multiple of 4+3, so you can add/subtract according to that).
  2. Knit the first two rows.
  3. Then for the rest of the rows: knit 2 (k2), purl 2 (p2) to the last 3 stitches; then k2 and p1.
  4. When you have knitted to the desired length, knit the last two rows.
  5. Bind off and you’re done! Yay!
The completed scarf.

The completed scarf.

If you don’t know how to cast on, here’s an excellent video:

If you don’t know how to bind off, here’s another excellent video:

Hope you found that helpful.

Happy knitting, and enjoy!


3 comments on “[Knits] How to knit a "Mistake Rib Stitch" scarf

  1. Dian Tj.
    May 16, 2013

    hi, just some quick question:
    can you tell me the final measurement of the scarf you made?
    I’m planning to knit this for my Dad =)
    I want it to be at least 8 inch in width but not sure how many stitches I should cast on.

    • snarknbanter
      May 17, 2013


      So the scarf I made was ~4 inches wide, roughly. I think to get an 8 inch wide scarf, you should double the number stitches you cast on (39 * 2) and you should be fine.

      Good luck and please post pics here when you’re done! 🙂

      • Dian Tj.
        May 17, 2013

        thanks for the info =D
        it eems I have to start earlier with that number of stitches XD

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