Free Scarf Knitting Pattern
This scarf is great for the fall and winter. The diagonal striping creates interest. At the same time, it's quick to knit and pretty easy, even for a less experienced knitter.
The scarf is knitted sideways on a bias, in garter stitch. For best results, knit the scarf with self-striping yarn that has short color changes, such as Noro (affiliate link) or similar yarn.
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog), slip 2 stitches together, k1, then pass slipped stitches over (p2sso ) (p2sso)
-Increasing: make 1 (m1)
Size: Width 8” (20 cm)
Materials: Katia (affiliate link) Azteca aran weight yarn (53% Wool, 47% Acrylic), 197 yards(180 meters) / 100 gr – 2 balls, color 7845
Needles: straight US 8 (5.0 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge: 14 sts x 30 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm) in garter st.
- Yarn/tapestry needle
- Stitch marker
K – knit
P – purl
k2tog - knit 2 sts together
St, sts – stitch, stitches
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
p2sso - slip 2 stitches together, k1, then pass slipped stitches over
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.
Garter Stitch: all rows knit
The selvedge/edge stitches are worked here as follows: slip the first stitch and purl the last one.
Short Overview of the Pattern:
The scarf is knitted sideways on a bias, in garter stitch. The scarf begins with 3 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) at the end of the row until the desired length. Lastly, the stitches are decreased at the beginning and the end of the row. The decreases are worked until there are 3 sts left. Place the stitch marker to mark the right side of the scarf.
On straight needles, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1 (RS): sl, m1, k1, m1, p1. 5 sts.
Row 2 (WS): sl, k3, p1.
Row 3 (RS): sl, m1, k3, m1, p1. 7 sts.
Row 4 (WS): sl, k5, p1.
Row 5 (RS): sl, m1, knit to last st, m1, p1.
Row 6 (WS): sl, knit to last st, p1.
Repeat rows 5-6 until there are 41 sts. Total 38 rows.
Row 39 (RS): sl, k2tog, k37, m1, p1. 41 sts
Row 40 (WS): sl, k39, p1.
Repeat rows 39-40 to desired length
Next row: sl, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, p1. 39 sts
Next row: sl, knit to the last st, p1.
Repeat these two rows until 5 sts left, 34 rows.
Next row: sl, p2sso, p1. 3 sts.
Next row: sl, k1, p1.
Weave in yarn ends. Block if desired.