Free knitting pattern: Olivia Broken Rib Scarf

By Megan Goodacre

Free knitting pattern: Olivia Broken Rib Scarf

Olivia is an oversized scarf that feels really luxurious, especially in the yarn combination used here. The merino, silk, and linen create a lot of drape. The broken rib is so easy to work, but makes a great texture on both sides. It also lies fairly flat so the scarf doesn't curl much at the sides. It's also easy to modify the width and length of the pattern.

Skill level easy (knit and purl)

Yarn heavy aran yarn, 930 yards (850 meters)

To get this weight, I worked with two yarns held together, a worsted weight yarn together with a sport weight yarn. Shown in Sugar Bush Yarns Shanty held double with Sweatermaker Lucy 

If you want to create a striped effect like the picture, you will need 4 colours in the sport weight.

Finished measurements about 14 by 90 inches (36 by 229 cm)

Tension/gauge 15 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm) Gauge is not crucial for this project

Needles US 10.5/6.5 mm


Scarf pattern

Cast on 53 stitches.

Row 1 (WS): Slip the first stitch purlwise, *k1 p1; repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, knit 2.

Row 2 (RS): Slip the first stitch purlwise, knit to end.

Repeat these 2 rows until the scarf is desired length.

Cast off.

Weave in ends and block.

For the stripe effect

Change the colour of the sport weight yarn every 66 rows. I worked in colour A, B, C, B, A.


The slipped stitch at the beginning of each row creates a chain stitch edging.

Modifying the pattern

To change the width, change the cast on. Just make sure to cast on an odd number of stitches.


Olivia Scarf Knitting Patern close up

The two strands held together result in a rich and tweedy effect

Olivia Scarf Knitting Pattern reverse side

Broken rib makes a nice nubbly texture on the wrong side of the knitting