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Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns

by | Aug 8, 2016 | Featured

Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns. Most patterns are free.

Go beyond garter stitch with these scarf 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.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy 4 Row Repeat Textured Scarf

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Toffee Scarf

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Zigzaggy Scarf

Zigzaggy Scarf

The diagonal texture of this scarf is created with slipped stitches and just knit and purl stitches. Alternating sections of left diagonal and right diagonal create a zigzag and a natural ruffle edge. Designed by Kia Love for Red Heart who rated the pattern easy.

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Bracken Scarf

Easy colorwork scarf uses 2 colors. You can use one solid and one variegated or both solid. Designed by Lynne Rowe. Rated very east by Ravelrers. Pictured project by Kellyg232


Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Scarf Wrap With Arm Holes

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Summer Stream Scarf

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Different Breeze easy scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Textured Stripes Super Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern Prismatic Scarf

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Make It Big Super Scarf

Make It Big Super Scarf

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Wavy Drop-Stitch Scarf

Wavy Drop-Stitch Scarf

Laura Bain designed this easy scarf using the classic sea foam stitch. A quick knit in jersey-knit tubular yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Beginner Keyhole Scarf

Easy Keyhole Scarf

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

Free Knitting Pattern Star Stitch Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern Zick Zack Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable and Lace Scarf

Cable and Lace Scarf

Cathy Payson’s lovely scarf is a great introduction to cables and lace. Rated easy by both Ravelrers and the designer, it works great with multi-colored yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Light and Breezy Scarf

Light and Breezy Scarf

Deborah Qalballah’s My So Called Life Lacey Scarf is a one row repeat — can’t get much easier than that! Pictured project by Sarah Owens.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Ripple on the Side Scarf

Ripple on the Side Scarf

This easy scarf is knit lengthwise with a simple ripple lace stitch that shows off multi-color yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Gathered Scarf

Gathered Scarf

Maryse Roudier’s easy scarf creates ruching by using increases to add fabric and decreases to “gather” between garter stitch rows. Warning: this is a yarn eater because you use twice as many stitches for the gathered sections. Pictured project by elsteffo.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Dewdrop Scarf

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

Free Knitting Pattern Upstairs Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Heartwarming Scarf

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.

Free knitting pattern for Cerus Scarf and more knitting patterns for men

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.

Free Knitting Pattern Cable Edge Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Gallatin Scarf


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

Free Knitting Pattern Beginner Garter Drop-Stitch Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Potato Chip Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Drop Stitch Scarf

Drop-Stitch Scarf

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

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Easy 1 Row Repeat Sheila Scarf

1 Row Repeat Sheila Scarf

Knit in a 1 row repeat lace pattern in bulky yarn this scarf is perfect for transitional weather.  Rated easy by the designer. Designed by Hayley Nordstrom

Knitting Pattern for Slow Dog Noodle Scarf or Shawl

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

Knitting Pattern for Easy Vista Scarf

Vista Scarf

Escher-like quadrilaterals in stockinette, reverse stockinette, and seed stitch generate an endless field of cubes in this wide, cozy scarf.  Rated easy by most Ravelrers. Designed by Maria Leigh

Knitting Pattern for Mistral Scarf

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.

Knitting Pattern for Easy Diamond Lace Scarf

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.

Easy Knitting Pattern for Phiaro Scarf

Phiaro Scarf

Katie Himmelberg designed this easy, flowing drop stitch scarf.  Stitches are dropped during the bind-off to create the dropped-stitch sections and the fringe. Pictured project by stephccng. This is on the knitting patterns selected for Best of Knitscene.

Knitting Pattern Blue Scarf

Blue Knit Scarf

Easy four row repeat, suitable to knitters familiar with knit, purl, and, slip stitches.

Knitting Pattern Figurehead Scarf

Figurehead Scarf

Alexis Winslow’s easy striped garter stitch kerchief features a knitted scalloped edge. This is was also featured in Knitscene Summer 2011 edition.

Knitting Pattern Lacy Leaves Scarf

Lacy Leaves Scarf

This lovely, elegant and lacy scarf is made with easy repeats, making it a great project for the novice lace knitter.

Easy Knitting Pattern for Tandem Scarf

Tandem Scarf

Robin Melanson’s farrow-rib cable scarf is reversible and can button into a cowl. Rated easy by Ravelrers.

Knitting Pattern for Three Easy Lace Scarves

Easy Lace Scarves

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

Easy Knitting Pattern for Bobbles Beyond Compare Scarf

Bobbles Beyond Compare Scarf

Work only one cable twist and one bobble every eighth row in a super bulky yarn for a quick, easy and very striking scarf to wrap up in.

Knitting Pattern Easy Openwork Scarf

Openwork Scarf

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

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Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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