Big Rib Scarf

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The Big Rib Scarf pattern is one of my new favorites for so many reasons. It’s super fast to make, it’s simple enough for beginners, it’s easily customized, completely unisex, and the end result is super chunky and warm!

Big Rib Scarf :: free #crochet pattern, easy enough for beginners!

The Big Rib Scarf is made using 2 strands of worsted or aran weight yarn held together – or you could try it with one strand of super bulky! Either way will work, but the fun of using 2 strands of worsted is mixing and matching the colors. For this scarf I used 2 different colorways of Lion Brand Heartland. This created a tweedy jewel toned scarf and I just love the look!

Big Rib Scarf :: free #crochet pattern, easy enough for beginners!

Beyond the colors, you can also customize how you wear it. There are instructions for a big button hole, so you can dress it up (or down) with your favorite button. Move the button hole around and get a whole new look!

Big Rib Scarf :: free #crochet pattern, easy enough for beginners!

Or you can leave the button hole out and work it solid – then wear it as a regular scarf, or use a shawl pin to pin it in place! It’s all up to you! There are so many ways to wear it, and with all these options it’s a great unisex pattern too!

Big Rib Scarf :: free #crochet pattern, easy enough for beginners!

Big Rib Scarf

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  • US – M/N 13, 9.0 mm hook
  • 500 yds Worsted or Aran weight yarn (Lion Brand Heartland shown, 1 skein each of Glacier Bay and Olympic)
  • 2″ button (optional)
  • Gauge: 7 sts x 5 rows = 4″ in pattern
  • Finished size: 44″ long x 10″ wide
  • Video tutorials: FDC – foundation double crochet; BLO – back loop only; Extending a Row with FSC

NOTE: This pattern is worked holding 2 strands of yarn together, one end of each skein, worked as if they were one strand of yarn.

Row 1: FDC 80, turn. [Alternate beginning: Ch 82, dc in the 4th ch from the hook, dc in each remaining ch to end. Turn.] (80 sts)

Row 2 – 9: Ch 2 (does not count as first st), dc in BLO of each st to end. Turn. (80 sts)

Row 10 (button hole row – if skipping the button hole, work this Row as for Row 2): Ch 2,  dc in the BLO of the first 72 sts. FDC 2 (see Extending a Row with FSC video linked above – it’s the same principle but with dc sts), skip the next 2 sts, dc in the BLO of the last 6 sts. Turn. (80 sts)

Row 11 – 12: Repeat Row 2. Break both strands of yarn and finish off, weave in ends. If desired, sew button to scarf as shown in photos using leftover yarn.

Big Rib Scarf :: free #crochet pattern, easy enough for beginners!Easy as can be, right? The Big Rib Scarf is so simple, but I love the look. So inviting and warm but chic at the same time. And quick enough to work up a few in time for the holidays! I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I enjoyed writing it – and make some to share with those who need a little extra warmth!

Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details.
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    This is so cool. I started a big rib scarf yesterday, when the legwarmers I was working on (ignoring the pattern) went slightly wrong. But I saw this on FB and decided to stick to the legwarmer pattern and work on this scarf today.

    Thanks for the FDC tutorial.

  2. 6

    Pixie says

    This is a great one, too, Tamara, thank you so much for all your help :-)!
    For this one, could you please do something about the amazon search? it goes on top of the pattern and it is almost impossible to see (just a thought, I know I can make it a pdf and see there).
    Thank you!

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    Courtney says

    Hi, thanks for this great pattern! I am pretty new to crochet so I am still trying to figure out measurements and amount of yarn needed for projects. I’d like to use a bulky(6) yarn to make this scarf. Do you think 2 skeins of 120 yards will be enough if I’m not using 2 strands or should I go ahead and get 3?
    Thank you! I can wait to make this scarf

      • 11

        Linda hughes says

        Just found this posting so happy!! I have been trying to make a scarf to give for Christmas to friend. I did the double crochet foundation chain it has 50 dc and is the length I want but now I didn’t know how to start next row. Where do I put dcs in next row between the dc in foundation row ? Do I have to chain 3 at end of each row? Please please help I am going to Ky. Soon and need to have this done before I go. Once I have a pattern to follow I will be fine. Thank you soooo much. Winnie

  4. 12

    Linda hughes says

    I left a message for you late yesterday but can’t find it and there was no reply so asking again :-) I started a scarf I have 50 dc in the double crochet foundation chain but don’t know where to go from here!! I am using Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn which is the reason I did the foundation chain as I find it so hard to work with :-( I don’t know how to do the nest rows to get a good look. I’m not advanced enough to do my own pattern!!! Please please help!!! Thank you so much.

    • 13

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Linda! Sorry, I took the evening “off.” :) Since you used FDC, you just continue with Row 2. The instructions for Row 2 read: Ch 2 (does not count as first st), dc in BLO of each st to end. Turn.
      There’s a video tutorial for BLO linked in the notes, below the hook size, yarn, etc. You’ll ch 2 at the start of every row. Does that help?

  5. 14


    I just printed this pattern which was 11 (eleven) pages of print when three pages would have been plenty.
    this is for my person use to make for a gift. Not for resale. Just saying. NR

    • 15

      Tamara Kelly says

      Yikes! Was it because of the photos? If you use the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the post, you can click on the things you don’t want to print out to create a more paper-friendly copy of the pattern.

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    Jody says

    I actually added some length to this, and am making it into a prayer shawl for my church. :) 120 in the foundation row with bulky weight yard and size N hook is just about perfect. LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern, and the FDC is just fantastic!

  7. 19

    Jennifer says

    Made this as a gift for my best friend and she loved it! Now making one for myself, and can’t wait till I’m done (which won’t be long, as it works up so quickly!)

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    Joanne Bailey says

    DEAR Tammy… are so wonderful…thank you so much for these wonderful patterns. God Bless you for sharing your beautiful patterns.
    Greatly appreciated… I have some yarn…but not what I want to make this beautiful….I do have to tackle fsc. now.

  9. 24

    Angel says

    This is my new go-to pattern for gifts. It is so fast and easy and with the two strands you can make some really pretty color combinations. Love it. Thanks, Tamara! You are the gift that keeps on giving.

  10. 26

    Debbie Swaim says

    Wow….what a great scarf pattern. I have never done FDC and loved that you attached the links for the tutorials for all the different stitches. I love them so much, made two last week! I have a question, where can I find the shawl pin at? Is there a link for them? Thanks for the wonderful pattern. Excited for future patterns…hint hint 😉

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    My dear you rock!! I was able to complete this pattern in an hour! The FDC tutorial was very helpful, I don’t anticipate chaining to start a project Ever again.

  12. 33

    Betty Lenz says

    Do you think this pattern would be good for men? Our group wants to make some scarves for the troops in Afghanistan for this winter. Also, can I increase the length in multiples of 20 stitches? Thanks.

    • 34

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Betty! I think this is a great pattern for men! There’s no specific stitch count that it needs to be, so just chain as long as you want the scarf to be. :) Thank you!

      • 35

        Nancy says

        I think it would make a really ice scarf for a man-I would make it longer, without the button hole and use either a variegated yarn or more “manly”colors.

  13. 36

    Nancy says

    What does FDC mean? Front double crochet?? If this is correct I didn’t use a fdc when I made the scarf. And speaking of making for troops in afghanstan, how about using the camo yarn from Red Heart?? And if making some for the military women RH has a pale green variegated yarn that would be beautiful for the women. Must support our women troops as well as the men. Hugs and thanks to all of our military men and women.

    • 37

      Tamara Kelly says

      FDC is foundation double crochet – it’s defined and there’s a link to the tutorial in the bullet points with the hook size and yarn. :) It’s optional – hence the alternate beginning. Great point about supporting the women as well!

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    Jenn says

    I followed the pattern exactly and my scarf ended up significantly shorter, even with 80 stitches. I wonder what I did wrong. Everything else looks the same though, it’s just shorter length. Beautiful pattern and works up quickly!

  15. 42

    Barbara says

    Girl, you are making my ” must-make” list longer and longer!!! 😉 I am going to make a couple of these for my niece and nephew who are off to college this fall. Perfect for bundling up against the cold weather in Michigan and Illinois. Another great pattern, Tamara. You rock! :)

  16. 44

    Hannah says

    Hi! I love this pattern but I’m having some confusion. Specifically with the turns. When you say “ch 2 (does not count as first st)” are those the turning chains? If so, I always used 3 turning chains when working double crochet but the pattern says two, is this your preference or part of the design? Thank you for putting up with my amatuerishness.

    • 45

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Hannah! Not amatuerishness at all! It’s just my preference, those are the turning chains – I believe it gives cleaner ends. But if you prefer to ch 3 and count that as the first st, then feel free to do so! :)

  17. 46

    Gina says

    I just came across your site, and I love it already. Your video tutorials are clear and understandable. I have been crocheting for a while and I do it my way anyway, but it is nice to see a video that clarifies the crochet stitches. I have had crochet patterns that call for a single or double foundation stitch, but I have never understood how to do them. After watching your video, now I know how. Thank you.

  18. 48

    Melissa says

    Where did you find that shawl pin? I finished my scarf months ago but haven’t been able to find a wooden pin.

  19. 51

    Tiffany says

    I just made this pattern for my friend as a gift, using the lion brand Oakland Black Chunky yarn, and it came out amazing. my friend Adores it, Now I can’t wait to make this pattern again and try it with two strands of the Worsted Weight. This is an amazing pattern and super easy to follow.

  20. 55

    Jennifer says

    Love this scarf! I can’t wait to get home tonight to start! And it doesn’t look like it takes to long to whip up! Thank you for the pattern!

  21. 57

    Sujatha says

    Hi Tamara, I completely love your pattern & my scarf turned out fab! I made a scarf for my son using 1 skein of Lang ‘Kim Color’ – 12 ply (100 gms, 100m).
    Thank you so much!
    I am sending a picture of the scarf to your mail.

  22. 59

    Deanna says

    where did you get the beautiful “pick” (is that what it’s called?) you use to close this scarf? I am starting this scarf today, wish me luck, I am new to crochet!

  23. 61

    Elise says

    Just found this pattern and am anxious to try it. I’m not an experienced crocheter and would like some advise. If I use a super bulky yarn like Loops & Threads Country Loom Yarn from Michaels, would you still recommend using a US – M/N 13, 9.0 mm hook? Also, if I would like to make it a little longer, like 100 sts instead of 80 sts, do you think 3 skeins of the yarn would be enough (104 yrs each). Thanks for all the hints and great patterns!

    • 62

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Elise! If you use a super bulky, I’d use the same hook (M/N), but I would not use two strands held together, just one. I do think 3 skeins would do it, but you might want a 4th to be safe.

  24. 63

    Nicole says

    The color combination is absolutely beautiful, and it’s so simple, and is helping me greatly with practicing my technique. I am so glad I found your blog!

  25. 65

    Maddie says

    Hi, I am very new to crochet. I’m teaching myself, and I’m still trying to figure things out. Since you are using two separate yarns, do you need 500 yards of each or 500 total? I realize this is probably a dumb question, but like I said, I’m new.

  26. 67

    Peggy says

    After completing the FDC 80, the pattern says to alternate beginning: Ch 82, then dc in 4th ch from the hook.

    Could you explain that a little more. I know how to chain, just not sure what you mean by ‘dc in 4th ch from hook after completing the 82. I’m sure it needs to all hook into each other somehow, just need some explanation.

    I’m sure I’m making this harder than I need to. :)

    • 68

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Peggy!

      Some people don’t like foundation double crochet, so the alternate beginning is how to begin the pattern without them. Since you made the FDC, you just skip that line. :)

  27. 71

    kat says

    Hi and thank you for a lovely pattern for the scarf. I dont do fdc… do i start with 82 or 80 sts…..also should i learn to do fdc , or should i keep up with my old way. thank you

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    Kathy says

    Hello there – I love this pattern and am in the proccess of making my second scarf. However, I’m having awful trouble with the ends. (Turns). The first scarf I made had sloping ends and this one is going the same way.
    I want this one to be a gift though so I want it to be right.
    I think I must be making the error when I turn. I do the two chain but although I have tried placing a marker in what I think is the first stitch of the row the end is still stepped and sloping inwards. The strange thing is that one end is perfectly at 90% but the other end isn’t.
    Do I make the first stitch after the turn in the bottom of the chain two or the next stitch?
    I’m going to frog it but at this rate I won’t get it finished in time to give it and as it is for “someone who has everything” I wanted a personal gift rather than a bought one.
    I enjoy your blog and follow it regularly so thank you for all your hard work.

    • 74

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Kathy!

      I’m sorry to hear you are having trouble! Figuring these things out from a distance is always tricky. The first stitch of each row goes in the last stitch made in the previous row. So after you make your first row, and you have the correct number of stitches, try putting a stitch marker in the first and last stitch of the row. This will help guide you as you work.

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