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)
Strangling Vine Lace Scarf
A fingering weight yarn makes a gauzy scarf that will make you feel like you’re wearing a cloud. Decidedly more for decoration than for warmth, this scarf is still totally worth making. The delicate lacework will take a bit of getting used to with such a thin yarn, but you will soon find your rhythm with this pattern.
Designer: All Buttoned Up
Yarn: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk (Fingering Weight #1)
Definitely Diagonal Scarf
Rows of stitches slant this way and that in this colorful crescent shaped scarf. The pattern uses easy eyelet lace to break up the pattern and add a touch of whimsy. You will love knitting this scarf in worsted weight yarn because it works up so quickly. At just over 250 yards, you will likely only need a single skein.
Designer: Kriskrafter Blog
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Sweet Caroline (Worsted Weight #4)
Candle Flame Scarf
Follow the vertical lines of this textured lace scarf as they undulate inwards and outwards. They really do look like the soothing flickering flames of a candle! While not 100% reversible, the design does look quite attractive from either side, so you won’t have to fuss with it too much when you throw it on.
Designer: Discover Your Inner Knitter with Doris
Yarn: madelinetosh Pashmina (Sport Weight #2)
I love it when scarves have vertical stitchwork but are still worked widthwise. The up and down lines really help to elongate the form, but you don’t have the bother of casting on a million stitches for working a scarf lengthwise. This design uses eyelet lace and it is both written and charted for you.
Designer: Robin Ulrich Studio
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
Sage Smudging Scarf
A lightly variegated yarn gives this lightweight scarf much more dimension and movement than a monochrome one would but still provides a calm enough backdrop to let the delicate lacework really shine. Special stitches for this auspicious design include knit 2 togethers and slip slip knits.
Designer: Rox Reverendo
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Alegría (Fingering Weight #1)
Naname Lace Scarf
Large sections of brightly colored criss cross lacework take turns with solid sections of white garter stitch in this dance of the needles. It provides an excellent opportunity for using up partial skeins of yarn leftover from other projects. The whole thing is skewed at a jaunty angle thanks to the bias design.
Designer: Emily Bolduan
Yarn: Morris & Sons Empire 4ply (Fingering Weight #1)
This design pairs a wild variegated yarn with a solid colored yarn. The solid is the practical bit and the variegated adds a dash of magic for a balanced design that is both playful and practical. Garter stitch and easy lace are the hallmarks of the design. My favorite bit is the transition between colors at the center of the scarf.
Designer: Mac and Joe
Yarn: Baah Yarn La Jolla (Fingering Weight #1)
A scarf with lots of holes in it can still be quite warm when it has a generous width. You will love wrapping yourself in the drapey fabric when you are finished knitting this one. The lacework involves knitting through the back loop, yarn overs, and decreases. It has a 4 row repeat that’s easy enough to remember once you’ve done it a couple of times.
Yarn: (Fingering Weight #1)
Pay It Forward
A calming color palette of earth tones will have you feeling like a woodland fairy when you don this asymmetrical triangle scarf. The pattern is worked on the bias so it has lovely long diagonal lines of alternating solid and lace stitchwork. You’ll need 2 colors of yarn that have a high contrast to each other. My favorite bit is the decorative edging.
Designer: Wolf and Faun Knits
Yarn: Fibre Story’s Fave Sock Yarn and
Sweet Fiber’s Super Sweet Sock Yarn (Fingering Weight #1)
Checkerboard Lace Scarf
Marvelous mohair adds a delightful fuzzy haze to this scarf that makes it look like it has been spun from gossamer thread. The recommended yarn also has a dash of silk in it to make it extra soft and snuggly. The pattern is much easier than it looks and is primarily made up of yarn overs and basic decreases.
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Tussock (Fingering Weight #1)
Easy Chunky Lace Scarf
Super bulky yarn probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of lace scarf knitting patterns. Maybe this cozy, chunky scarf will change your mind! The pattern calls for basic stitches, yarn overs and decreases. It’s available in both video and written instructional formats.
Designer: Sheep & Stitch
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rasta (Super Bulky Weight #6)
This pattern is knit on the bias and yet the eyelet lace appears in perfectly horizontal rows across it. It must be magic! Along with eyelet lace, the pattern calls for stockinette and reverse stockinette stitches. I love the way that the ends of the scarf taper to a point and twirl ever so alluringly.
Designer: Annie Baker Designs
Yarn: Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK (DK Weight #3)
I’m a sucker for lace scarf knitting patterns that combine a dark solid color with a bright and colorful variegated yarn. They’re perfect for those days when you want to feel sophisticated but not boring. This pattern employs a combination of knit stitches, yarn overs, knit 2 togethers, and knit front backs.
Designer: Baah Yarn
Yarn: Baah Yarn La Jolla and
Baah Yarn Savannah (Fingering Weight #1)
Designed to be a meditative knit with a four row repeat, special stitches for this chunky lace scarf include the centered double decrease. The designer chose a personal affirmation for each of the 4 rows and then repeated the words upon working each corresponding row to imbue the project with positive intentions.
Designer: Two of Wands
Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA Tweeds (Super Bulky Weight #6)
Java Summer Scarf
You don’t have to limit scarf season to the colder months when you try out one of these lace scarf knitting patterns. They make the perfect accessory for windy days at the beach. This monochrome design calls for easy eyelet lac. The stitch pattern is completely reversible and looks identical on either side of the work.
Yarn: ONline Linie 164 Java (Fingering Weight #1)
Entrelac Boho Scarf
The pretty patchwork of muted colors on this Entrelac Boho Scarf will have you feeling like a magical nomad. This project makes a great stash buster and it is so much fun to knit too. Sections of entrelac knitting criss cross the rectangular scarf in a sort of elongated square checkerboard pattern.
Yarn: Feederbrook Farm Entropy DK (DK Weight #3)
Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf
This design features generous sections of geometric lacework on either end of a wide swath of smooth stockinette. The thick yarn makes quick work of this project and yields a warm and cozy scarf despite the pop of lacework. It really is a marvel that the scarf appears so dainty and delicate even though it is made with super bulky yarn!
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Lanecardate Feltro (Super Bulky Weight #6)
Little Flower Scarf
Pink and white yarns take turns gliding across the needles in this delicate dance of a scarf. The design features alternating sections of striped garter stitch and solid colored lace. It’s the perfect accessory for when you want to feel pretty and feminine. I especially love the incredible drape that the thin fingering weight yarn provides.
Designer: Knitting For Breakfast
Yarn: Cardiff Cashmere Small (Fingering Weight #1)
Geometry meets art in this stunning lace scarf knitting pattern. The first half of the scarf slants to one side and the second half slants to the other which forms a little “V” at the center. It looks especially enticing in that bold shade of blue. This would be a great project for a nice skein of sock yarn when you are tired of knitting socks.
Designer: Swatch Love
Yarn: Cascade Yarns ® Heritage Sock (Fingering Weight #1)
I’m obsessed with this boho beachside accessory. The intricate lace chevron pattern looks like columns of leafy vines reaching up to frame rows of delicate lace flowers with bobble stitch centers. It’s the perfect balance of charming and cozy. You won’t ever want to take it off once you put it on for the first time!
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Lace (Lace Weight #0)
Turn the eyelet lace up to an 11 to create a meshwork of yarn in the Meshmerism scarf. The openwork stitches are bordered by generous sections of garter stitch that add the perfect touch of squish and structure. I especially love how the recommended yarn gradually shifts from blue to green.
Designer: Stephanie Shiman
Yarn: Wonderland Yarns & Frabjous Fibers Blossoms (Fingering Weight #1)
Foggy Night Scarf
There’s one technique for lace scarf knitting patterns that we haven’t covered yet and that’s drop stitches. When you drop a stitch on accident it’s no fun but it turns out that you can harness the power of dropped stitches to add lace to your projects. It’s a fun and fast way to knit lace work that will soon have you hooked and hoping for more drop stitch projects!
Designer: Life is Cozy
Yarn: Alize Alpaca Royal (DK Weight #3)
While most lace scarf knitting patterns are worked widthwise, this pattern is knit lengthwise. Having to cast on all those stitches is worth the trade off of not having to switch colors in the middle of every row. You will love the relaxing and repetitive stitchwork as it is similar to feather and fan stitch.
Designer: Annika Andrea Wolke
Yarn: Rowan Silky Lace (Lace Weight #0)
I just love the all over lace design of this adorable scarf. It is fancy enough to wear to a party and casual enough to throw on over a blouse and jeans. My favorite bit is how the lacework forms little columns of zig zags. These zig zags are created with yarn overs and 2 different kinds of decreases.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk (Aran Weight #4)
Learn to Knit Lace Scarf
I’ve seen my fair share of stitch sampler projects, but this lace stitch sampler is a first for me. It’s a great project for anyone interested in lace scarf knitting patterns because it increases in difficulty as you go, allowing you to learn at your own pace and build on your skills.You can choose to knit the scarf in lace, fingering, or sport weight.
Designer: Joyce Fassbender
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Lace (Lace Weight #0)
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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