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How To Knit An Easy Triangle Scarf


In this post, you will see how to knit an easy triangle scarf, with its lightweight design and tape yarn, it is perfect for cool spring days.

The yarn can be substituted with cotton or other fibers making it a versatile project that you will love to wear!

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab an inexpensive printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

How to knit an easy triangle scarf

A Basic Level Knitting Pattern

This scarf is really easy to make for any beginner as all you need to know are some basic knitting stitches.

This is a basic level pattern and the techniques you will need to know are increasing through KFB and the knit stitch.

KFB is the abbreviation for knitting into the front and back of a stitch.

This creates a new stitch, allowing your scarf to grow as you knit.

If you have never knit KFB before you can watch my video tutorial – KFB knitting – How to make an increase

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The yarn I used for the triangle scarf

This triangle knit scarf has been made in one of my favorite colors for spring, a succulent/olive green which looks great next to a white top and denim.

I used a lightweight yarn for this that I bought from the UK called Lana Grossa Aria (100% cotton) in Steingrau 03.

It is meant to be used with size 4mm (US 6) needles but I wanted to have a more open look so I used 12mm (US 17) needles.

I used 32″ circular needles as there are so many stitches and it was easier that way.

I also used my beloved knit pro sinfonia multi-wood interchangeable needles that are really smooth to work with.

easy triangle scarf
succulent coloured knitted triangle scarf

Triangle Scarf Knitting Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The triangle scarf knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

The scarf is knit on large needles to get an open stitch in the fabric.

Skill Level – Basic

Gauge – 8 sts / 18 rows in 4 x 4 inches/10×10 cm in garter stitch.


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knit triangle scarf close up

Video tutorial

There is a video tutorial in this post to help you to start knitting the triangle scarf.

You can also view the tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

triangle scarf side view

Size + measurements

  • The length across the top from longest point to point is 60″.
  • The length from the top to the bottom of the scarf point is 32″.
  • The size might vary as tension is different from knitter to knitter.
  • You can make this triangle scarf larger or smaller as you wish, just knit more or fewer rows.
  • The scarf is worked from the bottom point, upward.
  • By increasing as you knit, the scarf will become larger and wider as you make it.
triangle scarf measurements

The supplies you need


  • 2 x 50g (165m/180yds) balls of Lana Grossa Aria (100% cotton) in Steingrau 03.
  • If you can’t find this yarn a good substitute is The Tina Tape from Wool and The Gang.
  • Yarn weight – Light / Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart)



  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
triangle scarf on the needles

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) list

  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

Time needed: 1 day, 5 hours and 10 minutes

How To Knit An Easy Triangle Scarf

  1. Cast on

    Cast on 2 sts.Triangle scarf step 1

  2. Row 1

    Row 1 – Knit.Triangle scarf step 2

  3. Row 2

    Row 2 – KFB into the first and last stitch (2 sts increased).
    You will knit the stitches in between.Triangle scarf step 3

  4. Row 3

    Row 3 – Knit.Triangle scarf step 4

  5. Repeat Rows 2 and 3

    Repeat the last 2 rows, knitting the stitches in between the increases in row 2 until you have 86 sts.
    Then rep row 2 only (the increase row) until you have 118 sts.
    Cast off. Triangle scarf step 5

How To Wear A Triangle Scarf

Once you have made your triangle scarf, you might want to wrap it around your neck to wear as a scarf, loosely drape it around your shoulders as a shawl or wear it as a cover-up.

As you can see in the photographs I like to wear this scarf around my neck, because even though the sun is shining the air is still a little chilly in the shade.

The yarn is really soft and comfortable to wear, you could use this type of scarf with any number of spring outfits.

If you want something heavier for fall take a look at this fall triangle scarf knitting pattern. – How To Knit An Easy Triangle Wrap For Fall


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  2. Found this pattern just in time. my old shawl is wearing out. I made it years ago when I learned to knit with wool and it is garter stitch only (in pink) with 3 inch fringe around edges. I don’t have the pattern any more. And wanted to make a replacement . I would like to use your pattern to replace my old shawl and use it as a neck scarf at other times.
    Thank you for sharing this pattern. I am 75 yrs old so I hope it will last longer than I so I won’t need to knit another one .

    1. Hello Vivian,
      Your pink shawl sounds lovely!
      I hope you enjoy knitting this shawl and that it can give you as much enjoyment as your last.
      I love wearing mine, the yarn is very drapey and I think it can be worn in a number of ways.
      I like to take it to the beach to use as a cover-up for my shoulders too!
      Happy knitting 🙂

    1. Hello Cathy,
      Yes – this will give you nice open stitches, it is supposed to look like an open knit fabric, not too tight.
      I hope that helps!

  3. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I’ve been searching for an appropriate pattern for a certain yarn I have. The pattern is perfect. Thank you so much. Kzte

  4. I am trying to teach this triangle scarf pattern to my local seniors’ knitting group. Do you perhaps have an adaptation for worsted yarn on a number 9 needle?

  5. Hello
    Great patterns and website-I love your creativity and willingness to share!
    Ive been struggling with what type of yarn to use when crocheting a triangle scarf. After completing a portion of the pattern with #4 worsted, the scarf looks too stiff and I think perhaps it won’t lay correctly around someone’s neck. Any suggestions??

    Thank you

    1. Hello Carol, it might depend on the fiber content of the yarn you have used, a wool with merino fibers in it would be soft and flexible.
      But if it’s 100% wool, it depends on the type of wool – sometimes it can be soft (like Peruvian wool) or sometimes coarse and stiff.
      I use the Cascade 220 for many projects and that is a soft yarn (worsted).
      Rowan also have some lovely yarns to choose from.
      Happy knitting!