How To Make Farrow Rib

Mastering the basic knit and purl stitches opens up a world of new possibilities for beginning knitters. Once a new knitter gets tired of doing the garter and stockinette stitches, trying the farrow rib pattern is a great alternative.  Using only basic knit and purl stitches, this pattern can be used alone for a project, or with others to make a more intricate knitting creation.

Sophisticated enough for gift projects, the farrow rib is amazingly easy and can be done almost on automatic pilot once the basic pattern is understood.  Another plus is how quickly you can knit a scarf or a blanket doing the farrow rib pattern.  Many seasoned knitters use the farrow rib for a slightly textured and masculine look.

Knitting a scarf is the perfect way to learn the farrow rib.  Another creative way to practice is to make a block of each new knitting pattern that is learned.  Using the same sized needles and the same or similar weight yarn should knit up into roughly the same sized blocks. What better way to use up all of your leftover yarn? Pick your project and let's learn the farrow rib!

Supplies to make a simple farrow rib scarf:

  • size 13 straight knitting needles
  • 100 yards of medium weight yarn

Knitting the farrow rib:

First you need to do some simple calculations. Don't panic!   The farrow rib pattern is created by using a multiple of three, plus one. For example, (3 x 10 stitches) + 1 stitch = 31 stitches.  This is what you would cast on for your scarf.  If you want a narrower scarf, just reduce the number of stitches that you are multiplying by three.  And for a wider scarf, increase the number of stitches that you are multiplying by three.

After casting on the correct number of stitches, you'll next need to know the two rows that make up the farrow rib.  Yes, only two rows!

       Row one:  (knit 2, purl 1) until you get to the last stitch, then knit 1
       Row two:  purl the first stitch, then (knit two, purl 1) the rest of the row

See how simple the farrow rib pattern is!  Just keep repeating these two rows over and over until your scarf is as long as you prefer.  Make sure that you leave enough yarn (about a yard) so that you can bind off your farrow rib scarf.


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