Looking for the best easy lace scarf knitting patterns out there? We’ve gathered the best free patterns from my favorite designers to help you get your lace knitting on.
If you haven’t tried lace knitting before, you’re in for a treat. Lace knitting is achieved through combining decreases (usually k2tog and ssk) with yarn overs (yo) to achieve decorative holes in the fabric. You can create some really amazing patterns with these simple stitch combinations. You may find special decreases in some patterns but they will have instructions for completing these stitches.
A good knitted lace scarf should be attractive and eye-catching. It doesn’t have to provide warmth, but it can if made with thicker yarn. Most of the time a lace scarf is simply decorative. I really love using color changing yarn with mine for a truly magical effect!
There are wonderful patterns on this list that will work for both advanced beginner knitters as well as experienced knitters. Seriously, you’re just going to have to scroll down to see these free lace scarf knitting patterns for yourself. I’m sure you’ll find one you love.
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21 Easy Lace Scarf Knitting Patterns to Try Today!
This lacy scarf has a wonderful stitch pattern paired with color changing yarn for dramatic effect! This is seriously one of my favorites on this list so I put it at the top! You will need to master a small cable section for this scarf, so be sure to read the pattern before you begin to ensure this project is a good fit.
Designer: The Blue Brick
Yarn: The Blue Brick Killarney Sock (Fingering Weight #1)
Feather and Fan Scarf
This easy pattern uses the feather and fan stitch – a wonderful stitch combination that gives this lace pattern. It was originally designed as a short scarf, but you can knit it to any length you like. I love it long like in this picture. It’s amazing!
Designer: Kelly Faller
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Lace (Lace Weight #0)
How about an amazing scarf pattern with a bit of lace on the edge instead of an allover lace pattern? That’s what you get with this knitted lace scarf pattern. It was inspired by the show Bones and is knit in one piece. It has slight shaping so that the ends are narrower than the midsection. A plus to this pattern for me is that it’s not knit in a tiny yarn!
Designer: Liz Abinante
Yarn: Femme Fatale Fibers Venus Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
Gothic Lace Cowl
I really love this shorter scarf/cowl pattern with the lace texture, garter stitch edging and button closure. This gives you more versatility in how you wear it, as it can be buttoned closed for an infinity scarf or cowl or left open, depending upon how you want to wear it.
Designer: Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (Worsted Weight Yarn #4)
Strangling Vine Lace Scarf
This easy allover lace pattern is simply stunning, and a plus is that it would look great in many different weights of yarn. It’s great in one color and it would also look amazing in a self striping or color changing cake yarn.
Designer: Nicole Hindes
Yarn: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk (Fingering Weight #1)
Birch Trees Scarf
This is a simple lace scarf with five panels of branching pattern repeats with an easy moss stitch edging. I love how the addition of lace panels can really add to the beauty of a simple pattern like this. This would be great for someone newer to lace knitting, as you only need to cast on, bind off, knit 2 stitches together (k2tog), bring the yarn forward and knit into the back of the loop, which are all very easy techniques.
Designer: Julia Marsh
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
Favorite Scarf Ever
Here’s another great lace scarf knitting pattern that is made from simple repeats. It’s an easy to memorize pattern that is perfect to show off the colors of variegated, self striping or color changing yarn. A bonus is the neat edging that the pattern gives.
Designer: Lisa Bruce
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock (Fingering Weight #1)
Definitely Diagonal Scarf
This triangle scarf is super cute and is a super fun scarf to make! You work a 15 row pattern repeat to make the diagonal lines in the scarf and it’s knit in a triangle shape (there are tons of these projects on the page in all different types of yarn!).
Designer: Kris Basta
Yarn: Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)
This allover lace scarf is made with lace weight yarn, giving an ethereal effect to this scarf. This is definitely a lightweight, lacy design that is simply stunning. On Ravelry there is even a project of someone who knitted a wedding veil from this pattern!
Designer: Hiroko Fukatsu
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (Lace Weight #0)
Madrona Lace Scarf
This design has leaves and berries and is an easy 10 stitch wide leaf pattern repeat with asymmetrical patterning. There are a variety of customization options with this pattern including adjusting size, adding beads and changing yarn weight.
Designer: Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Fingering Weight (#1)
Branching Out Scarf
A wonderful lace leaf pattern is worked all over this lightweight scarf. The stitch count on this interesting pattern changes from row to row, so if you start working this and are afraid it’s off, just keep following the instructions – it’s been made thousands of times and it works out in the end!
Designer: Susan Lawrence
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Douceur et Soie (DK Weight #3)
There’s just something about turning yarn into beautiful knitted creations that never ceases to amaze me. I love this simple lace pattern that creates a delicate mohair scarf that can be worn in many different ways.
Designer: Cheryl Niamath
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (Lace Weight #0)
Candle Flame Scarf
You don’t need a ton of lace to create a stunning effect, as you can see in this simple pattern. The design is interesting from both sides of the fabric even though they are a bit different. Both sides have a leaf or candle flame appearance.
Designer: Doris Formby
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Patima (Sport Weight #2)
Noro Bias Lace Scarf
This is a stunner in color changing yarn! This pattern is suitable for a newer knitter (you might need some patience to get the hang of it) but interesting enough that a more advanced knitter should enjoy it. There are suggested stitch counts for both sock and aran weight yarns.
Designer: Susan Ashcroft
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock (Sport Weight #2)
This scarf is perfect for a spring to summer wardrobe! It’s light and airy and can add a pop of color to a warm weather wardrobe. This is knit in a delicate eyelet pattern that is an easy repeat.
Designer: Suzanne Middlebrooks
Yarn: Anzula Mermaid (Lace Weight #0)
This is a worsted weight triangular lace shawl that is worked entirely from charts, so be sure to check over this pattern before beginning to ensure it’s something that matches your skill set. I know charts can be challenging! It is a great introduction to reading lace charts, increasing from charts and working pattern repeats.
Designer: Kate Gagnon Osborne
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima (Worsted Weight Yarn #4)
Memories of Mishka
This breathtaking work of knitted art was knit in honor of the designer’s four footed pal, who she said goodbye to on the day she started this scarf pattern. It has an easy to remember repeat that allows time to think and is perfect for “memories of…” someone special in your life.
Designer: Susan Ashcroft
Yarn: Lang Yarns Puno (Sport Weight #2)
Ruffles and lace work amazingly well together in this design. Patterning is worked on both sides, so this is not a design newer knitters should attempt until they have some lace knitting projects under their belt, but it still made the list as an easy lace knitting pattern because it’s not as complex as you would think.
Designer: Lanja Khon-Engheim
Yarn: Lamington Lass Total Indulgence Lace (Lace Weight #0)
Easy Lace Scarf
Here’s one that’s great for newer knitters as it is intended for a beginner lace project. Uses very simple stitch combinations to achieve a lace effect. Can be worked in a variety of yarn weights.
Designer: Clara Parkes
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Lush (Aran Weight #4)
Foreign Correspondent’s Scarf
Easy lace panels make for a wonderful vertical design in this interestingly-named scarf. I love how the mesh panels work with the solid smaller panels to form an eye-catching lightweight scarf pattern.
Designer: Lexy Lu
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Fingering Weight #1)
Checkerboard Lace Scarf
This pattern is stunning and it’s made from just simple lace knitting techniques: yarn over, knit 2 together (k2tog), slip slip knit (ssk) are all you need to know. I love the geometric look to this one.
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: The Fiber Co Canopy Fingering (Fingering Weight #1)
Try this VERY Easy Four Row Repeat Scarf!
I designed this scarf as my first free knitting pattern for Love.Life.Yarn and it’s been super popular! Designed in Red Heart’s Unforgettable yarn (worsted weight #4) it knits up fast and uses only yarn over, k2tog and ssk along with knits and purls!
I chose to stitch the ends together for an infinity scarf, but you can also leave it unstitched for a regular lace scarf!
Is everyone dreaming of lace now? I can’t wait to see what you all make from these amazing patterns! Did you have a favorite free lace scarf knitting pattern from this list? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
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