Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Easy Keyhole Scarf
This beginner pattern by Ann Regis features easy garter stitch sections and ends with heart / flower shaped motifs at the ends.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Patterns for Purchase
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Blue Knit Scarf
Easy four row repeat, suitable to knitters familiar with knit, purl, and, slip stitches.
Alexis Winslow’s easy striped garter stitch kerchief features a knitted scalloped edge. This is was also featured in Knitscene Summer 2011 edition.
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 Lace Scarves
This easy and easy lace scarf pattern contains instructions for worsted, sport, and fingering yarn.
This easy unisex scarf is a quick knit and can be made any size.
Terry 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, intheloopknitting.com. 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!