Ribbing stitches never fail to impress when you want a stretchy fabric and good looks on both sides. They are ideal for scarves and cowls where you see both sides of the work. Reversibility is very desirable and ribbed stitches of all kinds have this feature.
An old fashioned and seldom seen rib pattern these days is one called the Twin Rib Stitch. It is worked in multiples of 6 stitches and is just a 2 row repeat. I like working the different pattern in the second row as it provides a bit of relief from the monotony of all rows the same. It looks a bit like the mistake stitch rib and I think it would work up very nicely in a chunky yarn as well.
Anyway here is the pattern:
Row 1: *K3, P3*
Row 2: *K1, P1*
If you'd like really neat edges then just add 2 more stitches. Slip the first stitch purlwise of each row and purl the last stitch to give a nice smooth edge. Ideal for a scarf.
Grandmother and knitter from the land down under of fine merino wool.