Super Simple Rib and Lace Knit Scarf Cowl Free Pattern

The Super Simple Rib and Knit Lace Scarf Cowl is a free knitting pattern. It uses an easy-to-learn lace stitch pattern separated by ribbing. Made with the amazingly soft and ultra colorful Colorscape yarn by Red Heart Yarns (see link below), this project can be a scarf or a cowl. It’s totally up to you; it just depends on how you decide to fatten it! And either way it’s a one-ball yarn project. This is sure to become a favorite accessory either way.

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There are times when I like to just let a yarn speak to me. I let it tell me what it wants to be; that is exactly what happened with this design. I had ONE ball of the beautiful Colorscape yarn by Red Heart yarn. I knew that I wanted to have something I could wear wrapped around my neck. Therefore, I chose a stitch pattern that was easy to remember but wouldn’t bore me to death. I cast on and got started.

The resulting accessory is a super simple rib and lace knit scarf cowl. In other words, it can be either one – a scarf or a cowl. When I was finished with the piece, I knew I had the perfect buttons to use – and lucky me, they were the right size to fit into the lace portion of the piece. What does that mean? NO BUTTON HOLES to make 🙂

Do you have one ball of yarn that you just can’t wait to start? This is the project for you. Customize it for any yarn you want to use. You can make one in no time (this took me about 4 hours to make). Are you ready to make your own Super Simple Rib and Lace Knit Scarf Cowl?

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 Free Pattern: Super Simple Rib and Lace Knit Scarf Cowl by Marly Bird



RED HEART® Colorscape™[Art.E874 available in 3.5 oz (100 g), 187 yd (171 m) balls] #Sydney 1 ball



Susan Bates® : 10 [6 mm]


Stitch Markers, Bent Tip Tapestry Needle, 6 decorative buttons


Finished Measurements

54” long x 7.5″ wide


3 stitch pattern repeats = 7″  CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge. Exact gauge is not critical to this project.

Special Stitches

SK2P: Slip 1 stitch as if to knit, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over the resulting stitch of the k2tog.

And Here’s the Step by Step Pattern for the Super Simple Rib and Lace Knit Scarf Cowl by Marly Bird


Rib and Lace stitch multiple is 8 sts + 3


Using any cast on (I prefer Long Tail) cast on 27 sts.
Set-up row: Knit
Row 1 (RS): *[P1, K1] twice, yarn over, SK2P (see special stitches), yarn over, k1, place marker; repeat from * to the last 3 sts, P1, K1, P1.
Row 2 (WS): K1, P1, K1, *slip marker, P5, K1, P1, K1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approx 54″ or until you are about out of yarn ending on a RS row.
Final Row (RS): Bind off all stitches.


Weave in all ends.
With RS facing, sew buttons evenly spaces along the cast on edge of the Free Knitting Pattern Super Simple Rib and Lace Scarf Cowl. 
Now, as the scarf is wrapped around the neck, the yarn overs in the lace acts as button holes to close it up and turn the scarf into a cowl.

Don’t forget to favorite this pattern on Ravelry and link to it when you make your scarf / cowl 🙂

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