My Triangular No Purl Ribbed Scarf Pattern

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no purl ribbed scarf

A no purl ribbed scarf knitted as a triangle instead of a long rectangle or circular. You need to know how to knit the cartridge belt rib stitch and how to increase stitches using knit into front and back.

I love the cartridge belt rib stitch. It is great for scarves as it is reversible. It requires no purling and it is basically a one-row repeat.

I wanted to knit a scarf with it but I am bored by the traditional long and narrow scarf. I also do not look forward to the large number of cast-on stitches needed for a cowl. So, I thought why not knit a triangular scarf by starting with a 3 or 5 stitch cast-on and increasing the width by increasing stitches progressively?

The result is this triangular cartridge belt rib scarf.

The cartridge belt rib stitch is basically a 4-stitch multiple + 3 stitch pattern. This means the pattern requires at least 7 stitches. The first row is to knit 3 stitches, bring the yarn in front of the needle, slip 1 stitch as if to purl, then bring the yarn behind the needle, and then end with knit 3 stitches.

The second row starts with a knit 1 stitch, bring the yarn in front of the needle, slip 1 stitch as if to purl, then bring the yarn behind the needle, knit 3 stitches, repeat the slip 1, and ends with a knit 1.

The slip stitch creates the elongated knit stitch. It looked raised because the rest of the stitches are seed stitches.

See detailed instructions including a chart, 2 videos at my Cartridge Belt Rib Stitch post.

Abbreviations used in this pattern

  1. byif, sl1p – bring yarn in front of the needle, slip 1 as if to purl, bring yarn to the back of the needle
  2. pm – place marker
  3. sm – shift marker
  4. kfb – knit into front and back (see this article on how to do KFB)

Instructions for the no purl ribbed scarf

This no purl ribbed scarf starts with a 7-stitch cast on and then increase one stitch every 2 rows using the knit into the front and back (KFB) technique.

Cast on 7 stitches.

  1. *Knit 3, byif, sl1p, repeat from * until last 3 stitches, knit 2, kfb
  2. Knit 1, pm, knit 1, byif, sl1p, *knit 3, byif, sl1p, repeat from * until last 2 stitches, byif, sl1p, knit 1
  3. *Knit 3, byif, sl1p, repeat from * to marker, sm, kfb
  4. Knit 2, sm, knit 1, byif, sl1p, *knit 3, byif, sl1p, repeat from * until last 2 stitches, byif, sl1p, knit 1
  5. *Knit 3, byif, sl1p, repeat * until the marker, sm, kfb, knit to end (10 stitches)
  6. Knit 3, pm, knit 1, byif, sl1p, *knit 3, byif, sl1p, knit 1
  7. *Knit 3, byif, sl1p, repeat * until the marker, sm, kfb, knit 2 (11 stitches)
  8. Knit 1, byif, sl1p, *knit 3, byif, sl1p, repeat from * until last 2 stitches, byif, sl1p, knit 1

Repeat row 1 to 8 until desired length. Bind off.

I embellished the 2 ends of the scarf with oversized buttons. Pompoms are good too.

Let me know if you try out this triangular no purl ribbed scarf.

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