Free Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns (2024)

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Free knitting patterns for easy scarves that go beyond garter stitch with these knitting patterns that have been rated as easy, some even suitable for beginners. These scarves are gorgeous ways to try out new techniques like lace and cables, or to take a break from more challenging projects. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 6/22/23.

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Jeans And T-Shirt Scarf

Easy scarf knit with a 2 row repeat texture. Suitable for beginners. Size About 6 x 60 in. (15 x 152.5 cm). Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.

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Weekend Brunch Scarf

Easy scarf knit with a 4 row repeat waffle texture with 2 row ribbing at ends. Suitable for beginners. Size About 14 x 82 in. (35.5 x 208 cm). Quick knit in Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.

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Ascot Bow Scarf

A simple bow scarf knit three pieces with garter stitch and then sewn together to make a permanent bow. A snap is then sewn to each side for an easy-on/easy-off scarf. Inspired by one seen at Anthropologie. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Amy Bailes.

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Frostlight Scarf

Fringed scarf knit with a 4 row repeat eyelet and ribbed stitch pattern. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Robin Ulrich.

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Powder Mountain Scarf

Easy striped scarf knit with a 2 row repeat which is mostly knit stitches. Designed for 4 colors, it's a great stashbuster. Designed by Lena Skvagerson. Aran weight yarn. Featured in Knit and Crochet Now and also one of the patterns in Learn-a-Stitch Knit Scarves.

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2 Row Repeat Maipo Scarf

May only be free for a limited time. Scarf knit with 2 different sized needles in a 2 row repeat that creates this interesting texture. Includes video tutorial. DK weight yarn. Designed by Barbara Vilas Boas who says this is suitable for beginners.

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2 Row Repeat Pebble Rib Scarf

This is an easy scarf with lots of drape knit with a 2 row repeat that that creates a nice texture on both sides of the fabric. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Patrizia Monnerjahn.

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Paloma Scarf by Debbie Bliss

This easy scarf is knit with a 4 row repeat of alternating columns of Moss stitch and a slip-stitch pattern inspired by tracks in fresh snow. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Debbie Bliss. According to the designer, a commonly asked question: When Row 4 tells you to “lift yarn strand” it is referring to the float created on Row 2.

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4 Row Repeat Textured Fringe Scarf

This easy scarf is knit with a 4 row repeat Reverse Sand Stitch. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Cathy Payson

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Toffee Scarf

Garter stitch scarf with cable along one edge. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. Available English and French. Rated very easy by Ravelrers

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Heartwarming Scarf

Julie Farmer’s beginner scarf has an easy to remember stitch pattern to give it texture. This unisex scarf only uses one skein of the recommended yarn. Pictured project is by pixiesmom.

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Summer Stream Scarf

This versatile lace scarf is perfect for warmer weather if knit in cotton or silk, or knit it in cozier yarns for cold weather. Designed by Asami Kawa, who says it is constructed of simple lace patterns. Most Ravelrers rated it very easy or easy and said the stitch pattern was easy to memorize (but it might be challenging for beginners). Pictured project by kikkou

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Prismatic Scarf

Huan-Hua Chye’s easy scarf uses a diagonal slipped-stitch rib pattern that creates slanting rays of color especially designed to show off variegated yarn, though the texture looks great in solid colors too. Pictured project by Maj

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Statement Scarf Wrap

Easy scarf features armholes so it can be worn as a wrap or a vest, as well as a scarf. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Erin Kate Archer for Red Heart.

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Different Breeze Scarf

Sachiko Uemura’s mesh scarf is knit in larger needles to get the ethereal effect. Most Ravelrers rated this very easy or easy.

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Textured Stripes Super Scarf

Easy oversized cozy scarf knit in sections of slipped stitch texture alternating with stockinette. Quick knit in chunky yarn. Designed by Christine Marie Chen for Red Heart.

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Make It Big Super Scarf

This oversized scarf from Bernat knits up quickly in chunky yarn and is rated easy by the designer.

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Easy Keyhole Scarf

This beginner pattern by Ann Regis features easy garter stitch sections and ends with heart / flower shaped motifs at the ends.

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Zick Zack Scarf

Christy Kamm’s scarf is knit with an easy chevron lace pattern. Use two colorways of self-striping or variegated yarn for the most colorful scarf. Pictured project by knispeltante.

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Wavy Drop-Stitch Scarf

Laura Bain designed this easy scarf using the classic sea foam stitch.

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Star Stitch Scarf

Morgen Dämmerung’s Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks Scarf features an easy all-over star stitch that can be adapted to almost any yarn. Pictured project by Hatodd.

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First-Timer Lace Scarf

This easy scarf is knit with a 8 row repeat lace stitch that the designer says is suitable for beginners looking for their first lace project. You can use written instructions or chart, or both. Rated easy by the designer. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lisa Gentry for Red Heart.

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Dewdrop Scarf

This easy scarf features a lace pattern designed for bulky yarn so it’s a fast knit too! Designed by Cathy Payson. Pictured project by erato7

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Upstairs Scarf

WollSchnegge’s lace scarf or shawl is rated as easy, though beginners might find it more of a challenge. Although the original pattern calls for lace yarn, other knitters have been successful with heavier weights of yarn, such as fingering (used in the pictured project by speightyknits ) and sport weight.

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Cerus Scarf

Designed by Hilary Smith Callis, this scarf gets its dressy professional look from the linen stitch that looks like woven fabric. Use a variegated yarn to enhance the woven look.

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Cable Edge Scarf

Braided cables frame simple ribbing in Jodi Lewanda’s scarf rated easy by the designer and Ravelrers. Pictured project is by BlueDevilGirl11.

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Beginner Garter Drop-Stitch Scarf

Michelle Maks proves shows you how easy it is to make a quick drop-stitch scarf If you can do a knit stitch and you can wrap yarn around a needle. Video tutorial included with this Red Heart pattern.

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Potato Chip Scarf

Barbara Aguiar’s easy scarf is knit with short rows in a 4 row repeat. Pictured project by SheepTricks. Great with multi-color yarn.

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Drop-Stitch Scarf

This easy scarf is a quick knit in super bulky or jumbo yarn. Designed by Amanda Saladin for Red Heart.

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Elysian Blanket Scarf

Reversible scarf with chevrons and diamonds textures looks almost cable-like but is achieved using only knits and purls for a satisfyingly addicting project that’s suitable for beginners according to the designer Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wands. Bulky weight yarn.

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City Life Scarf

Garter stitch scarf with brioche-tuck ridges inspired by city skylines. Written instructions and charts are available. Rated easy by many Ravelrers. Size Finished Measurements 25.4cm (10”) wide, 198cm (78”) long (after blocking). Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Monika Anna

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Get in Touch Scarf

An 8-row repeat stitch pattern creates a modern triangular design that is reversible! It looks exactly the same on both sides. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Fifty Four Ten Studio

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Grand Canyon Scarf

Scarf created simple knits, purls, decreases and increases to evoke the beautiful geology of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River that runs through it. No cables or cable needles! Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Tamara Moots

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Falling Water Scarf

16 row 8 stitch repeat elegant yet easy lace framed by crisp garter stitch. All wrong side rows are the same. 3 widths: narrow, medium, and wide, but easily customizable. The lace pattern is provided in a chart and also is written out, line by line. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Bonnie Sennott

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Slow Dog Noodle Scarf or Shawl

Knit in one piece from side to side, this wrap features easy-to-knit mix of knit/purl texture and simple openwork stitches and comes in two sizes for a scarf or shawl. Rated easy by the designer and most Ravelrers. Designed by anne hanson

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Gallatin

No longer free! Kris Basta’s scarf works up quickly with worsted weight yarn and size 10 1/2 needles. A simple repeat in the pattern makes this a great tv watching project. Pictured project by naramoon

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Mistral Scarf

Lace scarf that designer rates as easy to knit. Pattern directions include lots of color pictures, very detailed knitting instructions and definitions of stitches used, and NO CHARTS.

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Diamond Lace Scarf

The Diamond Trellis pattern may look complicated, but it isn’t! It only involves 5 basic stitches and once you’ve mastered those you’ll knit this up in no time at all! Quick knit in Super Bulky Yarn.

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Easy Lace Scarves

This easy and easy lace scarf pattern contains instructions for worsted, sport, and fingering yarn.

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Openwork Scarf

This easy unisex scarf is a quick knit and can be made any size.

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FAQs

What is a good knitting stitch for a scarf free? ›

So, let's talk seed stitch. This is a beautiful, easy-to-knit, nubby textured stitch that lays flat and is fully reversible. It's more dense than stockinette stitch, which makes it really warm and perfect for a cowl or scarf.

What is the best stitch for a simple scarf? ›

Basic Scarf

For this classic design, the main body is worked in stockinette stitch, the most common of all stitch patterns, which is formed by alternating knit rows and purl rows.

How many stitches should I cast on for a scarf? ›

However, as a general guideline, you can use the following estimates: For a scarf that is about 6-8 inches wide, you will need to cast on approximately 30-40 stitches. For a scarf that is about 60 inches long, you will need to knit approximately 150-200 rows.

Where can I get free knit patterns? ›

Free Knitting Patterns | Hobbycraft.

What is the warmest knit stitch for a scarf? ›

Warmest Knitting & Crochet Stitches: Fisherman's Rib (knit)

Row 1: Purl. Row 2: *P1, k1 in stitch the row below; rep from * to last two, p2. Rep Row 2 until the piece is desired length.

What is the best pattern for a knitted scarf? ›

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What is the simplest knitting stitch? ›

GARTER STITCH

This is the most basic of all stitch patterns and is achieved by knitting every row. The end result is a flat, reversible, ridged fabric that stands up well to wear and does not roll at the edges.

Which stitch is the simple and easiest to do? ›

The running stitch is the most basic and commonly used, in which the needle and thread simply pass over and under two pieces of fabric. It's the same as a basting stitch, except it is sewn more tightly to create a secure and permanent bind.

What is the best size knitting needles for a scarf? ›

How to Knit a Scarf in Garter Stitch for Beginners. For Bulky Weight yarns, you will want to use US 9 – 11 knitting needles. The gauge you will be aiming for is between 3 – 4 stitches for every inch. For Worsted Weight yarns, you will want to use slightly smaller knitting needles sized between US 6 – 9.

How many balls of yarn do you need to knit a scarf? ›

You may need approx. 5 or 6 50g balls of wool to make your scarf. You can choose any colour wool, even a multicolour wool. Have fun choosing!

Is knitting a cheap hobby? ›

Just like any other hobby, you can spend a lot of money on knitting. But just like a lot of other hobbies, you don't have to. It is perfectly ok to start out with “the cheap stuff”. Don't spend a whole bunch of money if you're just trying it out.

Does anyone want old knitting patterns? ›

The obvious online markets for vintage knitting patterns are Etsy and Ebay. However, there are some other ways to sell vintage knitting patterns online. Read on to find out more.

Is garter stitch good for scarves? ›

Even when you are no longer a novice knitter, a garter stitch scarf is a great go-to pattern. It knits up quickly, and you get quite a different look with the smallest adjustments. You can add different textures, use various weights of yarn, work with smaller or bigger needles, and make it skinny or wide.

Is stocking stitch good for scarves? ›

For this reason it's best not to use stocking stitch for narrow knitting, such as scarves, because you'll end up with a tube. It's also not a good idea to use it at the edge of a garment, for example, unless a curled-up hem is the look you're going for.

What is the most popular knitting stitch? ›

Of all the knit/purl stitch patterns you will learn, ribbing is definitely the most widely used. Because of its stretchiness and ability to “bounce” back into place, ribbing makes up the hems, necks and cuffs of most sweaters. Many sweaters even use ribbing throughout the garment to create a slim, body-hugging effect.

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