25 Scarf Knitting Patterns: The Best of Ravelry & Beyond

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25 Scarf Knitting Patterns: The Best of Ravelry & Beyond

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We've scoured Ravelry and done some sleuthing of our own to bring you a big list of our absolute favorite scarf knitting patterns. Many are free knitting patterns, while a few are paid and well worth the cost.

We found some beautifully simple knitted scarf patterns for beginners. Others will knit up quick and will make wonderful last minute gifts. And some of these scarf patterns feature challenging lacework that will put your technical knitting skills to the test.

Regardless of experience level, we're sure you'll love many of the 25 diverse scarf patterns profiled below. The hardest part might just be deciding which one to knit up first. So take a look and find a wonderful new scarf pattern to cast on. Your perfect scarf project awaits you!

Here We Go: 25 of Our Favorite Scarf Knitting Patterns

1. Noro Striped Scarf

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The Noro Striped Scarf is a common pattern that's been written up by many knitters over the years. We like the version of this scarf that Jared Flood detailed in his "Notebook" over at Brooklyn Tweed. It's also available as a free pattern on Ravelry and it's great for beginners. I love this project because while you're manually striping Noro, it also stripes itself! This results in quite a few interesting and sometimes unexpected color variations.

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Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)
US 7 - 4.5 mm
436 yards (399 m)
Skill Level: Beginner
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • The yarn makes this pattern particularly interesting.
  • Watching the colors change and seeing how the stripes turn out is really enjoyable.
  • It's something like a gum ball machine. You never know what color you'll get.
  • Easy and good for traveling or knitting up while watching TV.
  • Easy project that gives you truly stunning results.


2. Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

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If you know how to knit and purl than you can make this scarf! The Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf is definitely a good scarf for beginners looking for a slightly more advanced project. The deep and soft rib of this scarf looks like it's much more work than it actually is. So jump in and give it a go.

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Super Bulky (5-6 wpi)
4.5 stitches = 1 inch in rib pattern, slightly stretched
US 11 - 8.0 mm
300 - 350 yards (274 - 320 m)
Skill Level: Beginner

Words of wisdom from other knitters:

  • Makes a great gift that looks complicated but isn't really that hard to execute.
  • Doesn't come out as long as expected, so if you want a longer scarf keep knitting.
  • Hides mistakes easily.


3. One Row Hand Spun Scarf

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This scarf is a quick and easy pattern. It has only one row to learn, and you  can easily make it narrower or wider based on your preferences. This makes it a great pattern for your own hand spun yarn, or some delicate stash yarn that's been waiting for just the right scarf project.

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Suggested Yarn: Reverie Worsted (KnitPicks), Anything hand spun and/or delicate
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
20 stitches = 4 inches in pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
Skill Level: Beginner
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Easy and loveable pattern, good for beginners.
  • Knits up pretty quick.
  • Good for traveling and/or watching TV while you knit.


4. Sky Scarf

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Look up at the sky every day for a year, and knit a row in the colors you see. A Sky Scarf becomes a 5-foot story of your year. It will remind you of the gorgeous warm summer you experienced or bring you back to the first day that winter started to close in. When you drape your finished Sky Scarf around your neck, you'll recall how soothing it was to pay attention to the sky, every day, for a full year.

Get this FREE scarf pattern →
Buy the ready made yarn kit ($44.00) via Leafcutter Designs →

Yarn Weight: Lace / 2 ply
6 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch in garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Adaptable to all kinds of stitches.
  • Gets you out of the house.
  • Makes you slow down and pay attention to the sky.
  • Creates a lovely record of an entire year.
  • Wonderfully creative gift knitting project!


5. Instant Gratification Scarf

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The Instant Gratification Scarf is a warm and rewarding project to pick up and requires less yarn than you might think. There is no wrong side to this fun and quick knit. It works for both thin and thick yarn (we prefer the latter), and is great for showing off yarns with unique color ways. It's also quite soft and toasty if you go with the Super Bulky yarn recommendation.

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Super Bulky (5-6 wpi)
US 13 - 9.0 mm and US 15 - 10.0 mm
65 - 130 yards (59 - 119 m)
Skill Level: Beginner
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Unbelievably easy and quick pattern to knit up.
  • Stretches a little yarn a long ways.
  • Great last minute holiday gift.
  • No need to block this pattern.
  • Incredibly cozy and warm.
  • No wrong side to this scarf so wear it however you like!
  • Pattern has a bit more structure than a traditional drop knit scarf.


6. Pale Blue Stitch

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Appreciate the wonder of life on Earth while we drift across a mostly cold and dark universe. Knit your way from the Big Bang to this very moment. Break up the eons of time with flashes of brilliant color. Each color represents a milestone in the development of life, from the formation of the Milky Way to photosynthesis to the appearance of human beings just like you. Your finished scarf is an accurate time scale model of just about everything that ever was. It looks good out on the town too!

Get this FREE scarf pattern →
Buy the ready made yarn kit ($29.00) via Leafcutter Designs →

Yarn Weight: Lace / 2 ply
US 1 - 3
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Everyone loves it!
  • Kit is easiest and least expensive way to get all yarns needed.
  • Knitting gone galactic!


7. Holding Hands Feeding Ducks Scarf

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This scarf is a gorgeous and interesting pattern that is based on the star stitch. It highlights yarns with unique color ways and looks beautiful with variegated yarns too. It's an easily adjustable pattern that works with many types of yarn. The stitches create a tight pattern, making this a great option for cold winter climates.

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Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
200 - 300 yards (183 - 274 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Words of wisdom from other knitters:

  • Easy design that can feel slightly tedious after a while, though the finished scarf is well worth the effort.
  • Travels nicely.
  • Pretty, but not too complicated.
  • Great pattern for stash yarn as it's easy to adjust for various weights.
  • A quick knit that can be finished in just a few days.


8. Quaker Yarn Stretcher Boomerang Scarf

The quaker pattern makes a little yarn go a long way because it uses a loose gauge. The edge stitches keep the pattern looking classy and uniform. This makes this project a perfect stash busting project, where you can use up any leftover worsted weight yarn. Or use your own personal hand spun yarn if you're a bit more crafty.

See photos and buy this scarf pattern ($3,50) via Ravelry →

Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
US 10 - 6.0 mm
219 - 437 yards (200 - 400 m)
Skill Level: Beginner
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Edges and ridges give the scarf a bit more structure, which keeps it from looking sloppy.
  • Block in intensely to make it as large and light as possible.
  • Great project for hand spun yarn.


9. Bias Before After Scarf

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This "Before and After" scarf got its name, because it truly is unattractive until you block it. But afterwards, it turns into a gorgeous, soft and luxurious creation that makes it a must knit! The finished scarf is smooth and has the simplicity of stockinette, without all of the normal rolled edges. This is a wonderful scarf for warmer winter days, or slightly chilly spring ones!

Buy this scarf pattern ($5.00) via Ravelry →

Lace / 2 ply
21 stitches = 4 inches in Bias Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
460 yards (421 m)
Skill Level: Beginner
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • This pattern is light and airy.
  • Goes from ugly to gorgeous once blocked!
  • Simple pattern that uses only stockinette stitch.
  • Good traveling, conversational, and TV watching project.
  • Optional bead bind off adds a unique and glittery look.


10. Saroyan Scarf

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The Saroyan Scarf was inspired by Saroyan (of course!), a character on the television show Bones. It's a delicate scarf and makes a perfect addition to a sleek and professional wardrobe. This is a fairly easy project until you get to the lace leaves, which can be a bit tricky. The combination of an easy scarf body and more complicated edging makes this a great scarf knitting pattern for beginners that want to push themselves.

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Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 10 - 6.0 mm
350 - 370 yards (320 - 338 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Light color yarn shows off the lace leaves better than a darker yarn.
  • Light color yarn beautifully highlights the delicate work you are doing.
  • Very nice pattern for first time lace knitters.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable knit!


11. Branching Out Scarf

This is a gorgeous lace pattern, perfect for beginning lace knitters. This was the first lace scarf I ever knit, and it turned out beautifully. Just make sure you have enough yarn so you don't come up short!

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DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)
16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, unblocked (Gauge not crucial)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
190 yards (174 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Fairly easy starting lace pattern.
  • Pattern is a bit short so you may want to do extra repeats to make sure it is long enough.
  • Make sure to block this pattern as it truly helps to bring out the details.


12. Mustard Scarf

Jane Richmond's designs are always lovely with easy to follow instructions. Her Mustard Scarf is no exception. This is a simple and short scarf. It has an open lace look to it, and a button closure that keeps it together. This is a great instant gratification project, or a last minute hand made gift.

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Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
10 stitches = 4 inches in Lace Pattern
US 15 - 10.0 mm
130 - 150 yards (119 - 137 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Very quick knit.
  • Short scarf that ties up with a button.
  • Easy and unique holiday gift.


13. Moon Cowl

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This is a tubular infinity cowl that you wear to match the current phase of the moon! You can reverse it from all white to all black or anything in between as the moon waxes and wanes during the month. In DK weight, it knits up as a substantial yet not bulky cowl that will keep you warm on those chilly moonlit nights.

Get this FREE scarf pattern →
Buy the ready made yarn kit ($21.00) via Leafcutter Designs →

Yarn Weight: DK
US 6
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • The yarn provided with the kit was lovely and knit up beautifully.


14. Lace Ribbon Scarf

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The Lace Ribbon scarf is a fun and portable project. It's a somewhat easy pattern to work with, and perfect for moments when you have idle hands. It's also lightweight and can be worn year round.

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Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
21 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
451 - 901 yards (412 - 824 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Knits up beautifully.
  • Does have to be blocked.
  • Perhaps a bit too complicated for TV watching or conversation.
  • Makes you pay attention. Good practice for less experienced knitters!


15. Hitchhiker Shawlette

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The hitchhiker shawlette is a great starting shawl as it's fairly simple but still more challenging than a basic scarf. This pattern works well with variegated yarns, as it picks up interesting colors and highlights the color changes.

Buy this scarf pattern ($3.50) via Ravelry →

Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
21 stitches and 54 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
569 - 574 yards (520 - 525 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • It's a cross between a shawl and a scarf.
  • Wrap it around your neck and wear it like a scarf or wear it like a shawl.
  • Fast and delightful knit.
  • Great pattern for fun and bright color ways.
  • So cozy!


16. Brickless Shawl

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This pattern is another gorgeous Martina Behm shawl creation, that also plays well with variegated yarn. It's great to take along on trips to big cities in the winter as it has a refined look and will keep you nice and toasty too! Keep in mind that it's an asymmetric shawl, which gives it the feeling of a scarf more than a shawl. Best of all, it's as fun to knit as it is to wear.

Buy this scarf pattern ($4.25) via Ravelry →

Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
4 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
540 - 560 yards (494 - 512 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Gorgeous shawlette pattern.
  • Not quite mindless knitting, but easy enough that it becomes rhythmic.
  • Really brings out the color of variegated yarns.


17. Celestarium

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Imagine yourself standing at the North Pole. You'd need something to keep warm, right? Well then look up and let the stars inspire an accurate representation of the sky in the form of a pi shawl. Celestarium is one many ingenious patterns by Audry Nicklin and makes extensive use of beads and eyelets for stars, all oriented around Polaris in the center.

Buy this scarf pattern ($7.00) via Ravelry →

Yarn Weight: Fingering / 4 ply
 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Words of wisdom from other knitters:

  • Great project for newbies to learn to knit with beads.
  • Creatively designed and technically accurate.
  • Stunning and beautiful design.


18. Lintilla Scarf

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This shawlette is another Martina Behm creation that relies heavily on garter stitch and knits up quickly. The scalloped and ruffled edging gives this shawlette a dynamic effect that conjures up images of gentle waves or a nice easy breeze. We love this unique detail!

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Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
21 stitches and 54 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
500 - 575 yards (457 - 526 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Gorgeous garter stitch shawlette with a wave like edge.
  • Nice stretchy feel to the shawl because of the garter stitch.
  • Very cozy and warm final product. Best for snowy winters!
  • Relatively easy pattern that looks more difficult that it is.
  • Delicate and beautiful finished product.


19. Antarkis Scarf

The Antarkis scarf is a simple modern and fresh pattern. It is meant to make the most out of just one skein of fingering weight yarn, and it sure does! It is an asymmetric triangle shape, that will be a classy addition to anyone's wardrobe.

See photos and buy this knitting pattern ($6.50) via Ravelry →

Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch (unblocked)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 437 yards (366 - 400 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Modern, fresh and simple garment.
  • Really takes advantage of fingering weight yarn.
  • Can be completed before the pattern specifies if you like.
  • Lovely asymmetric shawl/scarf.


20. One Row Lace Scarf Two

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The One Row Lace Scarf Two is a wonderfully adaptable pattern. It can be made in any width or length and happily accommodates any kind of yarn. So pick up that gorgeous sock yarn, or that sport weight yarn from your stash, and start knitting!

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Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
8 stitches = 2 inches in pattern stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
170 - 220 yards (155 - 201 m)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Use that fingering weight wool, soft alpaca, perhaps some of your sock yarn or sport weight yarn.
  • Makes a beautiful reversible lace scarf that can be knitted in different yarns.
  • Use bigger needles than the yarn calls for or the lace pattern won't come out very lacy.
  • Great stash busting project that knits up quick.


21. Checkerboard Lace Scarf

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The Checkerboard Lace Scarf is a simple lace pattern, with a complicated appearance. The pattern truly is basic yarn overs: knit two togethers and slip slip knits, which makes it very easy to catch mistakes. It is a fun knit to pick up if you want to challenge your knitting skills a bit and push yourself.

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Light Fingering / 3 ply
5.25 stitches = 1 inch in checkerboard lace pattern, unblocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
400 - 500 yards (366 - 457 m)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Words of wisdom from other knitters:

  • Not very pretty while working through it, but once you block it, the pattern is stunning.
  • A bit challenging but not too difficult.
  • More complicated lace pattern than some others, but it's easy once you get the hang of it.


22. Favorite Scarf Ever Pattern

This is a gorgeous lace pattern scarf, that's simple and easy to follow. The pattern repeats so it's good for folks without much lace experience. The finished scarf shows off the colors of a variegated yarn nicely.

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Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Perfect for fall and springtime.
  • Lacey and lightweight. Drapes nicely too!
  • Showcases delicate and colorful yarns very well.
  • Knit in two pieces and seam in the middle for a symmetrical chevron pattern.
  • Or knit all in once piece for a modern and playful asymmetrical look.
  • This is one that I've knit many times and given as a gift often.


23. Short Feather and Fan Scarf

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This subtle and beautiful lace scarf features a repeating pattern that's fairly easy to learn. The finished scarf highlights the airiness of lace weight yarn and it's great practice for those wanting to work on their lace knitting skills.

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Malabrigo Yarn Lace
Lace / 2 ply
US 8 - 5.0 mm
282 - 330 yards (258 - 302 m)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Words of wisdom from other knitters:

  • Beautiful light and airy scarf, perfect for spring.
  • Nice lace pattern that is easy to memorize.
  • Intricate lace pattern that knits up fairly quickly.
  • Blocking makes all the difference.
  • It looks bumpy and cumbersome before blocking, but then becomes light, airy, and intricate.


24. Strangling Vine Lace Scarf

The Strangling Vine Lace scarf is another light and airy lace pattern. It knits up very fast and is fairly easy to follow. It makes a great last minute holiday gift for a loved one and is sure to impress. The pattern even comes with a request from the designer that you commit a random act of kindness in return for the free download!

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Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
437 yards (400 m)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • Very fast knitting project.
  • Easy pattern to follow but also easy to make mistakes.
  • Knit carefully so that you don't have to frog your pattern too often.


25. Color Craving Scarf

The Color Craving Scarf is a Stephen West creation and is a somewhat wild way to finish our list! This very long scarf starts with two stitches and quickly increases in size. It has color blocked sections, large gaping holes, and lends itself well to brightly colored yarns. If you want to try something different and bold, then this is the knit for you!

See (wild) photos and buy this scarf pattern ($6.00) via Ravelry →

Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
20 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
985 - 990 yards (901 - 905 m)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Words of wisdom from other knitters:
  • This is a playful knit. Lots of fun yarn overs. Playing with colors is a must!
  • Perfect project to bust out your stash on.
  • Can really see the evolution of the piece as you go along.
  • Wild and unique look.
  • More advanced knit, but give it a try and see how you do!


So, which of these scarves caught your eye?

These scarf knitting patterns are all clear winners in our book. The designer of each pattern obviously took great care and plenty of time to confidently craft each creative knitting project. Do you have your own favorite knit scarves? Post them in the comments and we'll use your suggestions for a "readers' choice" follow-up list.

We can't wait to see what wonderful scarf patterns you bring to life! Take photos as you knit and share them on Instagram: #25KnitScarves

Lo was born and raised in Oakland CA, and is now living in Berkeley. She studied creative writing at UC Davis, and loves poetry. She is obsessed with all things knitting, and is currently looking for a new house for her excessive yarn stash.

6 Comments

  1. fredina

    February 27, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Pattern number 7 says it gets tedious after a while. Beginners WANT something like that! Never say ‘tedious’… an easy to remember pattern is invaluable for going to meetups, where you want to chat and knit mindlessly. Maybe you have a big brain and get bored, but many of us mere mortals do not!

  2. Knitchick26

    January 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for finding all these patters in one spot. I like all of them, but especially all the lacey ones! 🙂

  3. Pish

    October 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Color craving….

    Don’t usually buy patterns, but this was so unusual, I had to give it a go…

  4. Erin

    September 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I wish the Brooks School Scarf Pattern would be reposted on Pinterest. please.

  5. CB

    June 10, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I think the moon cowl is GENIUS!! Will be looking up to see the phase to match with my scarf

  6. Beth

    February 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Great article!

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