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Broken Rib Scarf for Beginners

Learn to knit the Broken Rib stitch while making this cute super bulky scarf.

Learn to knit the Broken Rib stitch with this free scarf pattern from Hooked for Life.

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Finished Size: 8” x 72”

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Materials: 210 yds Super Bulky weight yarn. Model shown in 2 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky (100% acrylic; 100g/108yds) in Natural

Knitting needles size 11/8.00mm or size needed to get a pleasing fabric – gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Optional – 2 stitch markers

Gauge: 10 sts x 11 rows = 4” in pattern stitch


k – knit

p – purl

rep – repeat

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

Learn to knit the Broken Rib stitch with this free scarf pattern from Hooked for Life.


Cast on 19 sts (to change size see modification notes below!).

Knit 6 rows.

Row 1 (WS): K3, place marker if desired, k1, *p1, k1. Rep from * to last 3 sts, place marker if desired, k3.

Row 2 (RS): Knit.

Rep Rows 1 – 2 for pattern until work measures 70 1/2”, 1 1/2” under desired length, or you have about 10 yards of yarn left.

Knit 6 rows. Bind off knitwise.

Notes on Modifications:

If you want to make your scarf wider or narrower, or perhaps you are using a different weight of yarn (with the appropriate size needles of course) and you need to really adjust your cast-on this is all you need to know – your borders need to be the same on either side (I used 3 stitches) and your center section needs to be an odd number.

So in the case of this scarf I have 3 stitches for each border (6 sts) and 13 in the center (13 + 6 = 19).

Now you can use this stitch for any sort of project, with any sort of yarn that you like, from a fingering weight scarf to a Jumbo blanket!

Free knitting pattern Learn Broken Rib Stitch from Hooked for Life

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