Knitting projects for scarves knit with lace stitches. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 1/19/23
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Elegant scarf with a lace pattern reminiscent of feathers or trees. Wear it as a scarf or a shawl – with a width of approx. 44 cm/17 in and a length of approx. 182 cm/72 in, you can wrap up comfortably. The pattern calls for mixing yarns but I think you can use a single strand of worsted weight to get gauge. Scarf, S10969 designed by Heike Krüssel for Schachenmayr.
Lace Dipped Scarf
An elegant lace design adorns each end of this stockinette scarf. Size: Length: 70", Width: 15". DK weight yarn. Designed by Universal Yarn Design Team .
Lace Edge Scarf
Elegant scarf knit with an 8 row repeat fishtail lace stitch that looks beautiful on either side. Size: 21cm (width) x 142cm (length), Uses just one skein of the recommended Fingering yarn. Designed by Chloe Birch for West Yorkshire Spinners.
Lace Edge Scarf
Easy scarf knit with with garter stitch with a lace edge in a 12 row repeat. The points are made by increasing and then binding off. Designed by Undeniable Glitter- Alyssa.
Gleipnir Lace Scarf
Named after the magical rope of Norse mythology, this enchanting scarf features a delicate entwined lace bordered by ruffles. The scarf can be easily resized both in length and width. Lace or fingering weight yarn. Designed by Lanja Sámsdóttir. Uses less than one skein (437 - 492 yards, 400 - 450 m) of the recommended yarn.
Lace Stripe Scarf
Colorful scarf knit in a lace stitch with different colors. Great for stash yarn or mini skeins. Approximately 180 x 25 cm (71 x 10)". Designed by Patons UK. Worsted weight yarn.
Stunning Lace Scarf
Lace pattern in 16 row repeat flows the length of this scarf. Scarf Measures 12″ wide x 75″ long. Designed by Lisa Gentry for Red Heart
Advent Calendar Scarf
Lace scarf with 24 different patterns, one for each day from 1st of December until Christmas.by Kristin Benecken. Pictured project by GBayfan.
Waves of Grain Scarf
Generously sized scarf with lace ends resembling heads of wheat connected by a middle section with a two-row repeat that can be memorized very quickly. Designed by Rosemary Hill. Pictured project by Erin
Joan Janes used garter stitch, yarnovers and dropped stitches to create an exquisite design that is easy to knit and perfect for multi-colored yarn.
Wellen in Pink Scarf
Beautiful, versatile lace scarf designed by Sue Berg that can be knit in various weights from cobweb to fingering and more. Pictured project by teketen
Shetland Shell Lace Scarf
Designed by Shiz-Knits, this features a 12 row repeat.
More Free Patterns
Lace laurel leaves wind through this scarf by Saranac Hale Spencer, designed for worsted weight yarn.
Drop Stitch Ribbon Scarf
Simple drop stitch paired with ribbon yarn makes an incredible statement scarf by Jeweled Elegance.
Tiger Eyes Lace Scarf
Toni Maddox designed this scarf for fingering yarn. Requires blocking.
Designed by manaal for fingering yarn.
Ellielabelle provides this idea for knitting an unforgettable scarf with just stockinette: Take two lovely yarns from stash, knit in stockinette stripes and see what weirdness ensues. She used Noro Kureyon Sock and Habu Stainless Steel Wool lace.
Bonnie Sennott was inspired by a lace pattern that reminded her of corn kernels (hence the name). Width: 9.5 inches
Length: 65 inches
One Row Lace Scarf
Turvid designed this super simple scarf pattern. Cast on 24 sts (or any number of stiches dividable with 4). Knit 2 rows. Knit pattern row: K4, (YO, K2tog, K2) repeat between ( ) 5 times. Repeat the pattern row until your scarf is at desired length. Knit 1 row and cast off. The pictured project by jondrejka used a sport weight mohair yarn with size 9 needles, though the pattern recommends fingering weight on size 10 needles.
Column of Leaves Lace Scarf
Brooke Nelson designed this versatile scarf pattern for worsted weight yarn, on size 7 needles, but it can be knit on any yarn and needles you want. This pattern is very easy to memorize after a few repeats, making for quick and fun work. Pictured project by juliezryan
Shelby Dyas designed this scarf with a wavy lace pattern. It can also be used to make a shawl.
Toni Maddox designed this scarf for worsted yarn.
Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf
Purl Soho designed this cozy lace scarf for Aran weight yarn.
I Feel Pretty
Full written AND charted instructions are in this lace and cable pattern by Caoua Coffee. I’m considering adapting this with an angel wings pattern.
April Showers Scarf
Purl Soho designed this scarf with shell stitch lace that looks like umbrellas as well. Pictured project by Taya
Janelle Martin’s pattern includes both a chart and written out instructions for working the lace mesh pattern.
Patterns for Purchase
No Longer Free! 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.
Scalloped Lace Scarf or Cowl
Scarf with lace ruffles at the neck and cable edged ends. Instructions included for a cowl option. Designed by PamPowersKnits.
Lace Sampler Scarf
One of the 12 patterns in I Can’t Believe I’m Lace Knitting (available in print or digital download). Patterns include shawls, baby blankets, sweaters, and more.
This quick scarf is knit lengthwise with alternating blocks of garter and lace stitching with stitches picked up to create the ruffles.
This wide and versatile lace scarf is great for year-round wear, featuring a shimmery moth motif with scalloped hem.
Aria Delicato Scarf
This pattern produces a pretty lace scarf that is delicately complex to the eye but is actually comprised of a simple 8-row pattern.
Drop Leaf Scarf
Drop stitches and a lace make this a uniquely exquisite scarf. You can knit in any weight of yarn.
This fine and delicate lace scarf captures the curling, fern-like imprints of frost feathers on cold glass, creating a piece of wearable art!
Chunky Lace Scarf
A lovely diamond pattern is trimmed with fringe. Finished size is 9 1/2″W x 60″L, excluding fringe.
Featuring a damask pattern, this 1920s-inspired scarf relies on changes in stitch direction for the play of shadows across its surface.
Lace pattern is in written and chart form.
This one ball scarf by KnitChicGrace uses drop stitches to create a lacy floral design. Can easily be customized to make a shawl.