Easy Free Knit Scarf Pattern with No Purling

This free knit scarf pattern involves no purl stitches, making it the perfect choice for beginner knitters. It’s easy but creates a beautiful rib stitch. Many people struggle with purling when they are just getting started…

I knit this easy-but-beautiful scarf for my beautiful boy, who will be spending the next four years in chilly Vermont.

I love that the stitches create such an incredible texture with just the simplest repetition and that it makes a pretty dense, warm piece. Also, I made it extra long — eight feet, three skeins of Cascade Pure Alpaca — so he can wrap it around twice. Gotta keep my baby warm. 🙂

I actually started with one of Purl Soho’s patterns and knit a few feet with their pattern before I realized I hated how sloppy the edges looked. Can’t have that. Horrible. In search of a solution, I found this pattern. Beautiful edges by just slipping the first stitch. So I ripped out what I had done (ouch) and started over.

I seem to be obsessed with Cascade Pure Alpaca these days. (You can find it here, but I rarely by yarn online, and I strongly encourage you to support your local yarn and craft stores, if you are lucky enough to have them.) So flippin soft. I love the definition of the stitches with a worsted weight yarn for this stitch, though a bulky weight could be good too… might have to try that.

I am sharing with you this easy, gorgeous scarf pattern. You are hereby spared the pain of ripping three feet of knitting (rip it, rip it good). Go forth and make warm things for your loveys (or yourself!).

To get a free PDF of the pattern with more photos and tips, click here.

Looking for more knitting patterns? Try my Rainbow Knit Beanie Hat pattern, my Classic Cuffed Beanie pattern, or my Fingerless Gloves pattern.

Knit scarf pattern creates a raised rib pattern with no purling.


  • 3 skeins of worsted weight yarn (be sure you get the same dye lot!).
    I used Cascade Pure Alpaca in dark green.
  • size US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles, or the size needed to obtain gauge
  • yarn needle for sewing in the ends


21 stitches = 4 inches in pattern

Knit a swatch with the recommended needle size
Cast on 21 stitches and knit 20 or so rows in the pattern. If it’s too loose, go down a size or two. Yes, I always knit a swatch, and if I’m not happy then I knit another with a different size needle. Since this is a scarf, gauge isn’t super critical, but don’t you want it to look good?!? Well needle size is probably the most critical piece to making sure of that.


7 inches wide x 84 inches long


  1. Cast On

    Cast on 49 stitches. This pattern is worked over a multiple of 4 +1, so if you want to make the scarf narrower or wider, just make sure you stick with that math. 41, 45, 53… you get the idea.

  2. Continue in pattern

    Every row is the same: Slip the first stitch purlwise, then *k2, slip one purlwise with yarn in front, k1. Repeat this from * for the rest of the row. That’s it, folks.

  3. Cast off

    Cast off in pattern when you run out of yarn, or you reach your desired length.

  4. Sew in ends

    I like to tack down the ends with a little thread after I sew them in, otherwise, I find they come loose. And that’s not ok. No siree.

The ribbed knitting pattern creates a scarf with a lovely drape.


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