Knitting patterns for scarves: 10 free patterns
Scarves are an ideal project for beginners. Cast on stitches, knit a long piece, bind off and you're done. When the first self-knitted pieces are already successful, it is time to try it out with a pattern. Scarves are great for this because the number of stitches remains the same all the time. In this collection we present ten knitting patterns for scarves that offer inspiration to both beginners and advanced.
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- Knitting pattern for scarves
- seed stitch
- wave pattern
- Zigzag pattern
- lace patterns
- mesh pattern
- Drop stitch pattern
Knitting pattern for scarves
The pearl pattern is a simple and effective classic. It results in a solid knitted fabric that does not curl up. It is ideal for a scarf that both sides look identical . You do not need any other techniques than right and left stitches. Would you prefer to knit the large or small pearl pattern or one of the variations? Find out here.
Knitting pearl pattern - DIY instructions for beginners
The patent pattern is rightly a popular pattern for winter scarves: the knitted fabric with the typical ribs warms very well, looks the same from both sides and does not curl up. We'll show you an easy way to knit the pattern. We are also introducing you to a false patent design that only consists of right and left stitches. Read in our instructions how to rework the original and the fake.
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The wave pattern that we used for our weather blanket is also great for a scarf. The simple pattern consists of only two rows that are repeated continuously. It is optimal that the knitted fabric does not curl up and that both sides look identical. The wave pattern comes into its own when you knit it in two or more colors. Try it out with our guide.
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Our decorative zigzag patterns are created by alternating right and left stitches and are therefore easy to rework even for inexperienced knitters. The horizontal and diagonal versions are particularly suitable for scarves because the front and back are the same. Another plus is that the knitted fabric does not tend to curl up. There are also many ways to vary the patterns at will. Learn how to knit and modify the zigzag pattern here.
Knit zig zag pattern - free guide for beginners
Another simple knitting pattern for scarves is the checkerboard pattern. The left and right stitches alternate at regular intervals, resulting in the squares characteristic of a chess board. This look is created on both sides and the pattern does not curl up. Try the monochrome checkerboard pattern. The two-tone version is not suitable for scarves due to the annoying tension threads on the back. Read our instructions on how to proceed to make the pattern work.
Knit checkerboard: one and two colors - free instructions
The herringbone pattern results in a very unusual knitting pattern. At the same time, the knitted fabric becomes firm and thick, which is why it is wonderfully suitable for warming winter scarves. There is an even more interesting effect if you work the herringbone pattern with two threads in different colors. In our instructions, we explain step by step how to knit this special pattern.
Knit herringbone pattern - solid and two-tone
In this pattern, crosses only appear on the knitted fabric through right and left stitches. Your scarf gets a particularly varied look from the fact that the mesh structures of motif and background appear reversed on the back . This makes it look as if the scarf was knitted in two different patterns. The two-tone cross pattern is not suitable for scarves, because the tension threads on the back disturb the look. Read in our instructions how to decorate your scarf with crosses.
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Lacé patterns are perfect for delicate summer scarves. These contain many deliberate holes that arise from envelopes. We explain how this simple technique works in our instructions. We show you two variants of airy lacem patterns . We will also explain how to stretch your scarf after knitting so that the pattern comes into its own and does not curl up.
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The mesh pattern is another knitting pattern for scarves that is perfect for the warm season. As with lace knitting, the airy mesh structure is created by means of envelopes. In this guide, we show you step by step how this works and how four different patterns are created.
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Drop stitch pattern
Accidentally dropped stitches are a gross knitting mistake that, at worst, can ruin the entire project. With drop stitches, however, you intentionally let stitches slide off the needle. The resulting holes provide a loose knit that is ideal for summer scarves. Don't worry, the stitches only rub up to a predetermined point. In our guide, we'll show you how to knit three types of drop stitch patterns.
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