Tweedy Stripes and Ribs Scarf



Needle: 6mm Addi Turbo circular

Finished Size: approx. 72 inches long

Link: Ravelry

I first saw a striped scarf made from alternating balls of Noro yarn in the Vogue On The Go book, Scarves Two. The scarf in that book was designed by Kristin Spurkland and was worked in a 3×1 rib with three skeins of Noro Kureyon in colorway #95. It was an interesting idea, but the 3×1 rib didn’t appeal to me since the scarf had an obvious right and wrong side.

A few years later, I stumbled across Adrian’s fabulous Noro striped scarf which was worked in a 2×2 rib. Hmmmm . . . much better. No right or wrong side. So I bought some Kureyon but never got around to working up the scarf.

Fast forward to the recent phenom created by Jared when he knit a 1×1 striped scarf from Noro Silk Garden. All the lovely striped scarves cropping up around blogland and on Ravelry got me thinking. Was there a way to make more subtle stripes?

Why, yes there is:


Here’s how I worked my scarf.

I used two different colors of Kureyon which I spit spliced together (after I cut out the dreaded violet in one of the skeins) and one skein of Tahki Donegal Tweed in a dark color with flecks that complimented the colors in the Kureyon.


  • Using the Donegal Tweed, cast on 33 stitches.
  • Attach the Kureyon and work across the row as follows: k1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.
  • Using the Donegal Tweed, work back across the row, keeping in the rib pattern.
  • Work the next row with the Kureyon.
  • In order to alternate the two colors each row, you must use a circular needle so you can slide the stitches to the correct end of the needle when it’s time to switch yarns.
  • Keep working in this manner, i.e., 1×1 rib alternating yarns each row, until you almost run out of the Donegal Tweed (you’ll use all the Donegal Tweed but not quite all the Kureyon). Bind off in rib but work an occasional k2tog so the bound-off edge doesn’t flare.

That’s it.


30 Responses to “Tweedy Stripes and Ribs Scarf”

  1. Kathy on 07 Feb 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I love it! But, you’d better hang onto that gorgeous scarf.

  2. Jenn C. on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Oh, that’s very cute!

    But she definitely looks like she wants to steal it! I’d watch out!

  3. Lisa on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:25 pm

    What is wrong with the Violet?

  4. Jane on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:42 pm


  5. Nicole on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I like it! And, the model’s gorgeous!

  6. Teresa C on 07 Feb 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I love it! I’ll be keeping my eye out for the perfect yarns.

  7. Carol on 08 Feb 2008 at 4:54 am


  8. Carole on 08 Feb 2008 at 5:06 am

    It looks great and that was fast!

  9. margene on 08 Feb 2008 at 5:31 am

    Now there will be even more striped scarves in Blogland!

  10. Jo on 08 Feb 2008 at 6:01 am

    How dumb am I that I though the ruff on your hood was your hair and I thought, “Oh my…”

    Okay, so maybe I need some more coffee this morning!

    Great scarf :)

  11. Sharon on 08 Feb 2008 at 6:05 am

    That scarf is just lovely! I’ve also been itching to get started on knitting up a scarf, and I might just use this as inspiration!

  12. Anne on 08 Feb 2008 at 6:10 am

    It looks fantastic. And we surely need some warm woolies around here still, don’t we?

  13. Cheryl on 08 Feb 2008 at 6:48 am

    I love it, what a great idea!

  14. Lauren on 08 Feb 2008 at 7:28 am

    I love it too!

  15. Teresa on 08 Feb 2008 at 7:38 am

    Seems that Gurlie has taken a liking to modeling for Mom!

    I’ve got a little soft spot right now for the two- color – single – stripe – thing. I did this on the back of my (just finished) Argyle Vest and I just adore it!

  16. Manise on 08 Feb 2008 at 9:19 am

    I’ll chime in too- Love it! And great idea using the circulars!

  17. Kim on 08 Feb 2008 at 11:10 am

    How clever! I never would’ve thought of alternating every row by using a circular needle.

  18. Kat with a K on 08 Feb 2008 at 11:25 am

    Looks great!

  19. Beth on 08 Feb 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Gorgeous! And your model has a cool coat. :)

  20. amanda cathleen on 08 Feb 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Its fantastically clever and beautiful! Lovely photo’s too

  21. Stephanie on 08 Feb 2008 at 9:00 pm

    That scarf is pretty darn clever.

  22. Adrian on 09 Feb 2008 at 11:31 am

    It looks GREAT!

  23. Dianne on 09 Feb 2008 at 11:43 am

    Both are Gorgeous!!

  24. Corrie on 09 Feb 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Wow – that is AWESOME! I know I have some Kureyon – just wonder if I have something that would work in place of the tweed…

  25. Beth S. on 09 Feb 2008 at 7:39 pm

    There’s always one bizarro color in a Noro skein, isn’t there? (Though violet sounds fairly innocuous to me…) Anyway, this is a very clever variation on the classic striped scarf. And it goes nicely with that coat. :-)

  26. Rachel on 10 Feb 2008 at 12:30 am

    Wonderful accomplishment! I love the colors:D

  27. Laurie on 10 Feb 2008 at 5:17 am

    That’s perfect! (And your model thinks so, also.) I like the K2tog to keep the flare away.

  28. Anne B. on 11 Feb 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I think your daughter could be an honourary Calgarian with that lovely parka and scarf action going on! -30 oC, nothing to that girl!
    Anne in Calgary

  29. marjorie on 11 Feb 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Very nice scarf. It is going to inspire me to look at the Silk Garden left from a sweater to see how I might do something similar.

  30. Katherine Allred on 13 Feb 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Squeee! SOOO CUTE!

    I love it, and the model is perfect.