Fun scarves to knit for adults and children! Most Patterns are free. Updated 2/22/2023
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Tabby Cat Scarf
Fun scarf with cat head, tail and legs. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Fiona Goble, excerpted from her Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks. Note that there doesn't seem to be a chart for the face.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
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Fun bold scarf with a 3-dimensional look created with cuff-like tubes that are joined into hexagons as you knit. I think the tentacle cuffs would be great to keep fingers warm. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Pauline Wickens for Knitty.
Spaghetti and Meatball Scarf
Fun simple pattern with i-cord pasta and pompom meatballs. Phototutorial included. Designed by Penolopy Bulnick.
Designer puffyslippers modified a pattern by Kawaii Crafter to create this realistic pencil scarf.
- Get puffyslippers free knitting pattern for pencil scarf
- Get the original free knitting pattern at the web archive (no longer available on original site)
- Get the recommended yarn at Etsy
Makin’ Bacon Scarf
Perfect for the bacon lovers in your life! The scarf designed by Lyn Cyr for Red Heart is worked from long edge to long edge.
Poker Night Scarf
A double-knit scarf featuring card suit motifs. Designed by Liz McKenna. Worsted weight yarn.
Knitty or Nice designed this tricky little kerchief that looks like an abstract design until you pull it over your face.
Designed by Yarnspirations for Bernat yarn.
Charlotte A. Cavatica Scarf
Rebekkah Kerner’s design was inspired by the Charlotte’s message in the beloved children’s book.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf
Autumn Frost designed this scarf with a lace pink ribbon to support breast cancer awareness. Though the pattern page says there was a time limit on the availability of the pattern, you can still download it for free.
This keyhole scarf was designed by Thelma Egberts to match the Dead Fish Hat free knitting pattern.
Crime Scene Tape Scarf
Michelle Kempner created instructions and a chart to create your own police line tape scarf. Other knitters have run with idea and created scarves that saw Caution, Danger High Voltage, and more. Pictured project is by mducky
Stacy’s Musical Scarf
Kalliopi Aronis designed this scarf in double knit so the scarf is reversible. Size 12 1/4” wide, and 53 1/4” long
Bracken Cat Scarf
Fifalde designed this scarf in honor of a beloved companion. She says, “Twice I was accosted when out shopping by people demanding to know where I bought it.” I’m not surprised! Knit it in the colors of your favorite feline.
Justice League Scarf
The doubleknit scarf designed by Marsha Auguste showcases the superhero emblems of the JLA members. The pictured project is by WonderfulMouse who has good notes about the pattern.
Lord of the Rings Scarf
Tina Yeung designed this tube scarf with four rings (2 on each end). Together, the elvish writing on the rings read “One Ring to Rule them All, One Ring to find them, One Ring to Bring them All and in the Darkness bind them.” You’ll have to save the image of the chart to your computer and then print it.
Knit Purr Live designed this Doctor Who inspired scarf.
Winter Is Coming Scarf
The Dire Wolf of House Stark proclaims that winter is coming in this charted pattern designed by Julie Chen.
Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban Scarf
Gryffindor scarf designed by Rachel Alexandra
Malon Bruce designed this easy pattern and also has a crochet Sushi Scarf.
Patterns for Purchase
Herding Cats Scarf
Reversible scarf featuring a “herd” of cats in doubleknit colorwork that shows the same design on both sides, in opposite colors. Instructions are included for the double knitting technique. 70 " in length and 5" in width. Designed by Lisa Hannan Fox. Fingering weight yarn.
Kitty Keyhole Scarf
Cute cat scarf with an opening to slip the tail through to hold in place. Includes detailed photos and step-by-step instructions. Designed by Cherie Marie Leck. Aran weight yarn.
This entertaining quid shaped scarf has tentacles in place of fringe, plus a hidden loop on the underside to draw one end through and keep it snug around your neck. Perfect for Halloween, cosplay, or fun any time of year. Designed by Annie Watts. DK weight yarn.
Fire Truck Scarf, School Bus Scarf, and Trailer Truck Scarf
Individual patterns in garter stitch shaped and embellished to look like the favorite vehicles of kids of all ages. Designed by Frugal Knitting Haus.
- Get the FIRE TRUCK Scarf knitting pattern
- Get the SCHOOL BUS Scarf knitting pattern
- Get the TRAILER TRUCK Scarf knitting pattern at Etsy
- See more Truck Knitting Patterns
This all knit pattern comes with instructions for One Eyed Minion and Two Eyed Minion features, you can make both minions on the scarf Two Eyed, One Eyed or mix it up and have one of each. Pattern is for Child size but can easily be converted to any length. Lots of pictures to help you along the way.
The finished size is 172cm x 14cm.
Owl Ways Scarf
Finished Dimensions 7” (18 cm) wide, 48½” (123 cm) long excluding tassels, blocked
Power Cord Scarf
This power cord can be worn as a decorative scarf, or even a decorative belt. Use it to pull back your curtains or replace that boring old tie. Large and small versions.
Great stash buster! The cupcake bottoms are knit flat on straight needles, and the frosting pieces are knit in the round on DPN’s.