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Scarf Patterns in Lace or Textured Knitting
"Nightlock" Scarf in Berry and Seed Stitch
Go Beyond the Basic Learn-to-Knit Scarf
Lace knitting or textured stitch patterns turn an ordinary rectangular scarf into a work of art. Once you have mastered the basic garter stitch scarf and plain stockinette stitch, it's time to go a little wild and try new techniques. I use scarves as swatches to practice new stitches and try new color combinations or new yarns. The scarf pictured at the right is one of my own designs using a bobble stitch variation and seed stitch. The pattern is in my book, 8 Knitted Accessories from FiberFrau.
The resources I recommend here can help you stretch your knitting skills by exploring the many ways knits and purls can combine to produce a variety of textured fabrics. Have fun!
Here are two book recommendations for scarf knitters.
The cover scarf is just stunning. Get lots of great ideas here.
If you really like to knit scarves, you'll want this in your library.
Duplicate Stitch Tree Scarf
Textured Stitches or Cables
Cables require a cable needle in addition to your straight needles and yarn. Substitute a short, double-pointed needle if you have no cable needle handy.
A beautiful pattern from The Knitting Site is reversible. A narrow cable scarf includes instructions for seed stitch and moss stitch variations as well as the basic pattern. The fun Simple Cable Scarf pattern from Paton's has one giant cable down the middle of the scarf and giant pom poms at each end.
Textured Stitch Patterns
Seed and Blocks is a reversible scarf pattern that makes a checkerboard texture with a seed stitch border. To search for this pattern you will need to join Lion Brand's Community so you can log into their database of over 5,000 free patterns. Reversible Parallelograms is another great allover pattern for a reversible scarf with interesting surface texture. uses garter ridges and ribbing as well as a bit of embroidery. Duplicate Stitch Tree ScarfRockstar is an outrageous design with garter bands in handpainted yarn and "fur" stripes for loads of texture and color.
Simple Lace Pattern
Lace Scarf Patterns
- Skinny Lace Scarf Pattern from Purl Avenue
Chunky skinny lace scarf pattern is easy, simple and looks great! Perfect for both experts and beginners and did we mention....it's free!
- Dewdrop Simple Lace Scarf
This simple pattern includes a chart, Knit this beauty with one strand of ribbon yarn and one strand of mohair worked as one.
- Lacy V Scarf
This quick scarf is done in knitting worsted. No chart is provided for the fourteen row pattern repeat, but the pattern becomes obvious after the first V is completed.
- Simple Knitted Lace Scarf
A garter stitch border helps keep this scarf from curling. A chart is included for the four-row pattern repeat. This is another quick, worsted-weight scarf.
- Branching Out
Practice all the common lace increase and decrease techniques as you complete this scarf. The designer provides written instruction, but recommends following the chart instead. Branching Out is made in lace weight yarn, suitable for experienced knitt
- Ravelry: Estonian Lace Scarf pattern by Nancy Bush
This spectacular scarf is for experienced knitters only. It is well worth the effort, however.