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Free Knitting Patterns for Scarves

Updated on October 20, 2016
Vintage Striped Scarf
Vintage Striped Scarf

Included in this collection knitting patterns for scarves are designs for both men and women. They are the latest fashion trend and you may like one for each outfit. You'll find plenty here to make for all of the family.

Boyfriend - Offered by the "Sew Wrong" blog, this is a manly looking scarf. She knitted it in charcoal grey and says it has a thermal-like stitch. To make the design, you'll need 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick and US size 15 straight needles. This would make a nice gift for any man.

Garter Stitch Scarf by knitpicks at YouTube

Dragon Scale Keyhole - Holly Klein offers this free pattern at her "Unfurled" blog. The keyhole is nice, because you don't have the big knot where you tie it. Instead you can just tuck the other side of the scarf through the keyhole.

You'll need to download the PDF of the pattern. The pattern calls for 3 skeins of worsted/aran yarn and size US 7 straight knitting needles.

Easy Drop Stitch Scarf - The "Frazzled Knits" site offers this pretty scarf in several languages besides English. It is a lacy feminine scarf. You'll need DK or worsted weight yarn. The needle size is unstated, but she says to either use the appropriate size for the yarn or use larger ones for an even lacier look.

Easy Leaves - This is another lacy design from the "Knit Monster site." You'll need DK or light worsted weight yarn to crochet the pattern. You'll also need US size 8 needles.

Logi - The "Daily Skein Site" site offers this free pattern along with a Norse tale that you'll enjoy reading. The scarf is named after one of the characters in the story. The designs in the scarf remind the designer of interlocking chains on Viking armor.

This scarf was originally knitted for a man. You'll need worsted weight wool and size 9 straight knitting needles.

How to Knit a Ribbed Scarf by flowdesignstudio at YouTube

Longcat - This free pattern is offered as a free "Ravelry" download. The scarf has a cat face on the bottoms of each end. Children should love this one, but it can be knitted for adults too. She says you can use any wool yarn that you'd like.

Loosely Lovely - Big needles and a bulky weight yarn were used in this knitting pattern from the "The Discovery Channel" site. The big needles and heavy yarn make the scarf quick to knit. She says this is an easy scarf to make.

Madeira Scarf - This pretty lacy scarf from the "Apple Laine" site uses a Spanish Antique pattern stitch. According to the designer, the stitch looks complicated, but it isn't. It is a good first project for those just beginning to knit lace designs.

Malabrigo Waffles - "Yarn Dreams" offers this pattern that is created with a simple waffle stitch. She used Malabrigo Merino Worsted, but says you can use any worsted weight yarn. Size 8 knitting needles were used for the project.

YouTube Video by expertvillage

Njicki's Braided - "The Knuckle Salad" site offers this easy braided scarf. The braids in the scarf are formed with a stockinette rectangle. She used 2 skeins of Sensations Sumptuous yarn and size 17 needles. This yarn is available exclusively at Joanns Fabrics.

Peacock - "The Pipers Girls" site offers this free pattern that she says is easier than it looks. The scarf is quick to knit. It uses an Aran wool blend and a fine angora, but she says she has also knitted it with just the wool blend.

Pink, Openweave with Glitter Yarn - "Favecrafts" offers this free pattern that is created with a knitting board. Two strips are created and then sewn together. Classic Elite Premier yarn was used along with Berroco Enchantment yarn.

Shale Pleated - "Webs Yarn Store" blog offers a free pattern that is suitable for both men and women. The scarf is knitted with Valley Yarns, Berkshire yarn and size 9 needles.

Shifting Sands - This scarf for men is offered by the "Grumperina Blog." It has cables that meander from one side to the other. You will need to know how to create a cable without a cable needle before starting this pattern

The pattern is rated Intermediate. Sport merino yarn and size 5 needles are required. If you'd like to add fringe a crochet hook is also is needed.

Soft and Easy Alpaca - "Favecrafts" offers this free pattern that uses a 10" mini knitting board. The pattern would work well for both men and women and uses any DK weight yarn.

Striped - This is a vintage pattern that would be suitable for either a man or a lady. It uses sports weight yarn. If you can knit 1 and purl 1, you'll be able to complete the scarf.

The Bella Lana Reversible Cable - You'll need to download the pattern. The pattern will appear as a PDF on another page. Bella Lana Beautiful Yarn was used in the project which is quick to knit. The finished scarf is 48 inches long by 4" wide.

Wrapped Candy Scarf - This is a pretty design for warmth or fun. It is offered by the Universal Yarn Company. You'll need to download the pattern. The pattern uses Universal Yarn Classic Shades Big Time yarn. It is knitted with size 15 straight needles.


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      Jak Manson 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all the great information and showing us great designs to work with. If you are ever in need of yarn supplies, you are in luck because I know of a great place.

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      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Michele. I am happy to hear you will find them useful.

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      Michele Kelsey 

      7 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      Thank you for sharing the valuable links to other websites with free patterns. I mostly make scarves for charities, so I love scarf patterns. Some of the ones you chose were gorgeous. Keep up the good work! Michele

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Frangipanni, I guess they wouldn't be much use to you, unless you want to roast. Thanks for viewing the hub and commenting.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you . I love them all, pity I live in the tropics. Thanks for sharing

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      teaches12345, It is true, the needs in the north are so different from you that live in warmer states. Thanks for commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Lovely idea. I used to have lots of scarves when I lived up north. They are needed up there to keep out the cold and keep your skin protected. Very useful post.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      BlossomSB, Thanks for viewing and commenting. I need to get busy on them myself. I hope the jumper goes well for you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Wow! That gives a lot of choice and they should be fun to knit and useful to wear. It must have taken a while to research all the different types and styles of scarves. Pity I'm in the middle of knitting a jumper, but I'll keep this in mind.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      RTalloni, I'm happy you enjoyed looking at all of them. Thanks for viewing and commenting.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful scarves here. I looked at each one and cannot pick a favorite, but the kitty is delightful and the shifting sands is to me appealingly unusual. Such colors and textures! Thanks for putting these together for us.


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