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Diagonal Scarf

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Scarf Knitting Pattern

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog), purl 2 together (p2tog)

-Increasing: make 1 (m1)

Materials: Debbie Mumm Traditions worsted weight yarn, color Robins Egg 136 m (149 yd) / 80g - 2 skeins.


Gauge: 14 st = 4" (10 cm)

Notions: stitch marker, tapestry needle


K – knit

P – purl

k2tog - knit 2 sts together

p2tog - purl 2 together

St, sts – stitch, stitches

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

m 1 - make 1 increase - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman: make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row/round purl/knit it as a regular stitch.

st, sts - stitch, stitches

Pattern Notes:

Garter Stitch Ridges
Row 1 (RS): purl
Row 2 (WS): knit
Row 3: purl
Row 4: purl
Row 5: knit
Row 6: purl
Repeat rows 1-6

Edge stitches: slip the first st and purl the last one.

Short Overview of the Pattern:

The scarf is worked sideways on a bias, in Garter Stitch Ridges pattern. The scarf begins with 5 st, then the increases (make 1) are worked in every right side row, until the required width is achieved. Then the scarf is worked with increases (make 1) at the beginning of the row and decreases (k2tog or p2tog) at the end of the row until the desired length. Lastly, the stitches are decreased (k2tog, or p2tog) at the beginning and the end of the row. The decreases are worked until there are 5 sts left. Place the stitch marker to mark the right side of the scarf.


Cast on 5 sts.

Row 1(RS): sl1, p4.

Row 2 (WS): sl1 , k3, p1.
Rows 3-34: continue to work Garter Stitch Ridge pattern, at the same time increase 1 sts on both sides 16 times in every odd, RS, row, until you have 37 sts.

Row 3 (RS): sl1, m1, purl to last st, m1, p1.

Row 4 (WS): sl1, purl.

Row 5: sl1, m1, knit to last, m1, p1.

Row 6: like row 4

Row 7: like row 3

Row 8: sl1, knit to last, p1.

Repeat rows 3-8 four more times, repeat row 3-4 one more time.

Row 35: sl1, k to last st, m1, p1.

Row 35: sl1, purl.

Rows 37-240: continue to work Garter Stitch Ridge pattern, at the same time, in every RS row. decrease 1 st at the beginning by knitting 2 sts together (k2tog) or purling 2 sts together (p2tog) and increase 1 st (m1) at the end of the row.
Row 241: decrease 1 st at the beginning of the row.
Rows 243-258: continue to work Garter Stitch Ridge pattern, at the same time, in every RS row, decrease 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row by k2tog or p2tog. Make decreases 16 times. There will be 5 sts on the needle when all the decreases are done.

Rows 259-260: repeat rows 1-2.
Cast off.

Finishing: weave in all yarn ends.


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Poster: Joyce
December 8, 2013

What is the size of the scarf, as I would like to change the size to a prayer shawl (approx. 25" x 64")?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 4, 2014

To make wide shawl work more rows in the first part of the scarf (rows 3-34). Work until you have the desired width. Then proceed to row 35.
Poster: Roshni Bhandarkar
November 27, 2013

In the instructions rows 35 and 242 are missing. Could you verify as I am impatient o start tis scarf, please respond, thank you. Roshni
Poster: Dina
October 26, 2017

I'm asking myself the same thing! I'm wondering why nobody has answered this yet?
Poster: ellen dounn
November 27, 2013

i notice that lines 36 and 242 are missing from Directions - is that a typo?
Poster: Joan Newton
November 27, 2013

Looks very effective and much more complicated than it seems to be from your instructions. I'm going to try adapting it to a basic waistcoat design to give the garment more "oomph".
Poster: Sandrah
November 27, 2013

This pattern looks awesome. Can't wait to make it. Since you're a designer, any chance of making it (pattern)into a vest?
Poster: Cindy
November 26, 2013

Where can you get this yarn says its a discontinued Joannes Product any suggestion for something comparable?
Poster: Pat
November 12, 2015

You can use any yarn you like. Just make sure you choose the correct needle size if you change the size of yarn. Make a swatch first to see if it works. This would look great in a solid colour or variegated yarn. Don't use dark colours -- the pattern won't be seen!
Poster: Mary
August 1, 2012

I just found the scarf that everyone will be getting for X-Mas.You do such beautiful work.
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