Sky Scarves: Creative Twists on an Easy Knitting Pattern


Creative Twists on an Easy Knitting Pattern: Sky Scarves

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Are you looking for an easy knitting pattern that you can add your own creative touches to? Then the Sky Scarf is for you! It’s one of the first original knitting patterns created by Lea Redmond for knitters looking to connect with the natural world. Now that tens of thousands of knitters around the world have downloaded the pattern, let’s take a look at how our wonderful community of knitters are adding their own personal touches to the Sky Scarf concept.

I scoured the internet (mostly Ravelry) for adventurous knitters that are using their needles to create uniquely personal Sky Scarves. Here are 9 beautiful hand knit Sky Scarves. Each is made by a different knitter and features a fun twist or inventive detail that builds on the basic idea. You’ll also find plenty of advice for whenever you decide the time is right to start your very own Sky Scarf!

1. Continental Sky Scarf by Caribayb on Ravelry
Caribayb found it “challenging to keep the balls of yarn separate and untangled.” As a solution she decided to use Ziplock Bags that she hole-punched together with a carabiner, so she was able to get them in and out of storage more easily. She also found that continental knitting helped her carry the unused colors succesfully up the edge. Her results are a gorgeous and varied retelling of the sky in beautiful blue, grey, and white yarn.

Read more of Caribayb’s thoughts on fiber here!





2. Ribbed Sky Scarf by Sue on Ravelry
Sue used a ribbed pattern instead of the standard garter stitch to add her own personal touch to her Sky Scarf. She also cast on 58 stitches to represent her age on the day she started her project. Little touches like these are a great way to turn this easy knitting pattern into a personal piece of wearable art!



3. Lace Sky Scarf by Puzzlebox on Ravelry
Puzzlebox created a beautiful and airy Sky Scarf by combining a lovely lace approach with the basic Sky Scarf pattern. This is a perfect example of how a more advanced knitter can use different techniques to create a Sky Scarf variation that suits her individual skills and vision.



4. Sky Scarf Turned Cowl by Scrapdash
Scrapdash turned her Sky Scarf into a cowl and created something akin to an infinite sky. I just love this. It’s fun, unique, and goes on forever. She also knit two black rows between each month to better mark the passage of time. When she couldn’t find the time to knit she logged the colors of the sky in a journal, so she made sure to never missed a row of beautiful sky colors.




5. Sock Stash Sky Scarf By SquareMary on Ravelry
SquareMary knit with sock yarn from her yarn stash and also created a cozy Sky Scarf turned cowl! SquareMary knit with plain light blue, plain dark blue, cloudy dark grey, cloudy pale with yellow, pink and blue and finally sparkly blue for when it snowed. She shows us how unique a Sky Scarf can be, even when using seemingly mismatched yarn you’ve collected over the years.





6. SquareMary’s Temperature Scarf
SquareMary’s temperature scarf is another unique adaptation of the Sky Scarf idea. This is a fun way to be able to look back on your year and remember all the warm sunny days, and a few chilly ones too! SquareMary made use of a wide palette of colors, which gave her lots of options when assessing each day. The colors are striking and I think it beautifully illustrates the subtle changing of the seasons.




7. Seed Stitch by Heidi on Ravelry
Heidi picked up her needles at the same time every day, which allowed her finished Sky Scarf to be a more scientifically accurate portrayal of her sky over the course of a full year. Using seed stitch also gave her Sky Scarf a sort of sparkly and blended look that sets it apart from some of the others!



8. Beaded Sky Scarf By Fuzzy Logic on Ravelry
Fuzzy logic started her Sky Scarf on her birthday in 2013 and ended the day before her birthday in 2014. A Sky Scarf truly is the perfect way to commemorate a year. At the end of the year she added little seed beads to her scarf so she could see where each new month begins. This is a nice personal touch that I haven’t seen many other knitters do.

Can you see the beads in her photos? They are so small you have to work a bit to spot them!




9. Bright Sky Scarf By Glamboozle on Ravelry
Glamboozle struggled a bit with lace weight yarn so she swapped it out for fingering weight, which also works great. The Sky Scarf truly is a very adaptable pattern. Work with the concept and then make whatever changes you need to bring it into your comfort zone.

Glamboozle also added clouds to her depiction of the sky by combining a cream lace weight yarn with her bright blue. The result is a gorgeous and stunning scarf with blues and purple that really pop!




So that makes nine Sky Scarves, but there are literally thousands more out there for you to find, study, and use as inspiration for your next creative knitting project! Join our Ravelry group and be sure to get on our newsletter list to keep up with all the new creations.

If you haven’t yet started a Sky Scarf, be sure to check out our lovely and easy to use Sky Scarf yarn kit whenever you’re ready to get started. Or bust out some yarn from your stash and download the free easy knitting pattern!

Aren’t all of these Sky Scarves wonderfully unique and personal? Let us know what you love about them in the comments! Or share with us something creative that you’ve done to add a personal touch to the Sky Scarf pattern.

You can also post photos of your project to Instagram with #skyscarf and #knitthesky. We look forward to seeing what you knit up!


In Knit The Sky, Lea Redmond offers 32 wildly creative knitting projects that will inspire you to create beautiful finished pieces full of personal meaning and memories. These are knitting projects like no other! Instructions, tips, techniques and patterns are all included.

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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.

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