The perfect combination of your favorite scarf knitting patterns all rounded up into a single post! From beginner to advanced, there’s a scarf for you here.
I love wearing scarves! It takes two seconds to grab one from the closet and throw it on but it always makes me look so much more put together. Not to mention that it keeps me extra cozy and warm!
There are so many different scarf knitting patterns out there. It was really hard to narrow this curated list down to my top 25!
I tried to include a little something for everyone in this free scarf knitting patterns list. There are knitting patterns for beginners, and also knitting patterns for more experienced knitters.
There’s rectangular scarves, triangle scarves, cowls and more. There’s also a wide variety of yarn weights and colors used. Check them out and see what you think!
25 Spectacular FREE Scarf Knitting Patterns
1. ZickZack Scarf
Wow! This stylish knit scarf is sure to turn some heads. The hero of this design is the self-striping yarn. Hooray for less weaving in ends! The chevrons are worked with simple single increases and decreases so this pattern is actually pretty easy.
Designer: Christy Kamm
Yarn: Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby (Fingering Weight #1)
2. The Prismatic Scarf
This yummy looking scarf was specially designed to showcase handpainted yarn. Finally you have a good excuse to buy that artisan yarn you’ve been eyeing on Etsy! The reversible design uses i-cord and diagonal slipped-stitch ribbing techniques to achieve its signature look.
Designer: Huan-Hua Chye
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (DK Weight #1)
3. Checkerboard Lace Scarf
Step out in style with this lovely geometric lace scarf. It looks quite intricate but its only basic yarn overs, knit two togethers and slip slip knits. Really! The repeating nature of this design also makes it easy to spot mistakes so you can catch them before you’re too far along.
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: The Fibre Co. Canopy (Fingering Weight #1)
4. Dudester Scarf
This men’s scarf was designed to take him from the office to the weekend. It’s polished enough to wear with an overcoat but not too stuffy to throw on when he grabs drinks with the guys. This design features the hurdle stitch with garter ribs.
Yarn: Moda Dea Bamboo Wool (Worsted Weight #4)
Click here for the free knitting pattern!
5. Scarf For the Birds
Do you know an avid bird watcher who would love this scarf? This fun reversible design features birds on a wire. If you’re already familiar with the double knitting technique, then this scarf really isn’t too tricky. Just follow along with the chart for the color changes.
Yarn: Filatura Lanarota Rich Wool (Worsted Weight #4)
6. Honey Cowl
Sometimes basic is best! Who knew that a simple slip stitch cowl could look like you just bought it at the shops? This scarf was designed to be thick and warm, and it also still has plenty of drape. (as you can see!) The pattern is available in two different lengths.
Designer: Antonia Shankland
Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh (DK Weight #3)
7. One Row Handspun Scarf
Patterns with one row repeats are the best kinds of patterns for watching Netflix or listening to an audiobook. Even better, this scarf is reversible and easily customizable for width and length. It was designed with handspun yarn in mind.
Designer: Yarn Harlot
Yarn: Worsted Weight #5
8. Workday Scarf
Lovely lilac really shines on a bright sunny day in this sophisticated scarf. You can get this posh look for yourself with the easy knitting pattern. It’s mostly simple garter stitches along with some lace work on the edges. Beautiful!
Designer: Sue Flanders Designs
Yarn: Araucania Huasco Multy Botany Lace (Fingering Weight #1)
9. Drop Stitch Scarf
Variegated yarns find their day in the sun with this beautiful and beloved scarf. The simple drop stitch pattern has been translated into 6 different languages. A different designer has made a drop stitch hat to match, and yet another designer has made a drop stitch tam to match.
Designer: Frazzled Knits
Yarn: Hand Maiden Fine Yarn Lady Godiva (Worsted Weight #4)
10. Pembroke Scarf
Asymmetric scarves are some of my all time favorites because they never wear the same way twice. This design is especially amazing because it only uses 100g of sock yarn and it features an easy 2 row repeat using knit front back and slip slip knit stitches.
Designer: Elizabeth McCarten
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock (Fingering Weight #1)
11. Jasmine Scarf
I love that you can tell how super soft this scarf is just by looking at the picture! The alpaca, merino, linen blend scarf looks absolutely luxurious with 5 columns of cables worked up the length. What a polished design!
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Flax Down (Worsted Weight #4)
12. One Skein Wonder
Variegated yarns are encouraged for this lovely spiral scarf that shows the color changes off on the bias. You’ll be working from corner to edge and using increases and bind-off stitches to achieve the signature spiral shape.
Designer: The Public Knitter
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock (DK Weight #3)
13. Mini Mania Scarf
Casting on this scarf lengthwise is absolutely worth it to achieve the beautiful woven-like fabric. Scrap yarn is encouraged so you can change colors often and really maximize the woven effect that happens when using the linen stitch.
Designer: Sarah Core
Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (Fingering Weight #1)
14. Pioneer Braid Scarf
Show off your favorite self-striping yarn with this mock braided scarf. You’ll be using easy peasy garter stitches in short rows to achieve the stacked look. This design also gives suggestions for working with different weights of yarn if you don’t have any worsted on hand.
Designer: Hither and Yarn – Adventures in Knitting and Life
Yarn: Twisted Fiber Art Duchess Striping (Worsted Weight #4)
15. Infinitude Scarf
Knit in the round, this stunning scarf features both horizontal and vertical ribs for maximum “scrunchability” and elegance. The fun thing about this pattern is all the ways you can wear it: as a scarf, a cowl, a hooded cowl and more!
Designer: Jeni Chase
Yarn: Jade Sapphire 6-ply Mongolian Cashmere (Worsted Weight #4)
16. Blue Bell Hill Scarf
One giant chevron from end to end, this scarf is really fun and playful with varying lengths of stripes and mismatched ends. You’ll be using both the garter chevron stitch and the stockinette chevron stitch for added texture.
Designer: Jocelyn J. Tunney for O Wool
Yarn: O Wool Local (Worsted Weight #4)
17. Easy Triangle Scarf
Triangle scarves with long tapered ends give the wearer endless options for styling and tying. This easy design uses the garter stitch. It’s actually a striped scarf that uses 3 different colors, but all the colors are very similar so you get a really neat effect.
Designer: Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Yarn: Rowan Soft Yak (DK Weight #4)
18. Doctor Who Scarf – Season 12
Remake the iconic Doctor Who scarf with this very detailed pattern. This 12 foot long scarf is all about the stripes, so the pattern includes detailed color recommendations for a handful of different weights.
Designer: Crocheters of Awesome
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport Jo Sharp Classic (DK Weight #4)
Stretch your knitting skills with this stylish textured scarf. You’ll be using both eyelet and ribbed stitches. Even knitters new to lacework are sure to master this pattern because there are lots of helpful tips, charts and video tutorials.
Designer: Robin Ulrich Studio
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn (Worsted Weight #4)
20. Fox Scarf
Channel your inner 1920’s glamour side and make your own cruelty free fox stole . This easy pattern uses mostly the garter stitch with a little bit of knit ribbing. A cleverly designed loop is hidden under the foxes head to hold the tail in place.
Designer: Gina Michele
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Worsted Weight #4)
21. Falling Snow Scarf
I hate driving in it, but I’ll admit that I do find myself wishing for a bit more snow where I live. This scarf perfectly captures the beauty of falling snow in its fair isle design. It’s actually knit in a tube so it’s double warm and you can’t see the wrong side of the work.
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Posy (Fingering Weight #1)
22. Staggered Rib Scarf
This basic scarf ticks all the boxes: easy, reversible, and quick to make thanks to the chunky weight yarn and the small size. It’s the perfect size to tuck into your coat and ward away chills. This design features an easy diagonal ribbing that only uses knit and purl stitches.
Designer: It’s a Stitch Up
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Sulka (Bulky Weight #5)
23. Springtime Bandit
Here’s another beginner lace pattern. This beautiful symmetrical triangle scarf uses basic stitches that are charted out into lovely lace designs. The pattern has more than 3000 projects on Ravelry if you need color inspiration!
Designer: Kate Gagnon Osborn
Yarn: Kelbourne Woolens Germantown (Worsted Weight #4)
24. Madison Scarf
Where I live it’s winter, but I’m sure there are some readers out there who live in warm places. (I’m a little jealous) So here’s a scarf for you. It’s a really stunning light and airy scarf that’s worked on the bias. I love the way the ends of the scarf curl so gracefully.
Designer: Suzanne Middlebrooks for Hill Country Weavers
Yarn: Anzula Mermaid (Lace Weight #0)
25. Side Line Scarf
Super bulky yarn will keep you super warm in this super easy scarf. The basic knit 3, purl 3 repeat is perfect for mindless knitting while multitasking. Oh, and did I mention that this cute chunky scarf is reversible?
Designer: Fifty Four Ten Studio
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Super Bulky Weight #6)
Bonus! An extra scarf knitting pattern…
Here is a free scarf knitting pattern right here on Love.Life.Yarn!! I designed a crochet version of this pattern that had so many requests for a knit version that I just had to make one!
This is such a simple pattern repeat you can almost do it on autopilot, and it works up great!
Designer: Amanda Saladin (me!)
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (Worsted Weight #4)
Are you feeling scarfy yet? Which free knitting pattern are you eyeing to make for yourself or for a friend? Did I forget one of your favorite free scarf knitting patterns? Talk to me, let me know in the comments below!
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