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How To Knit An Easy Triangle Scarf (Free Knitting Pattern)


In this blog post, you will see how to knit an easy triangle scarf.

Its lightweight design and tape yarn make it perfect for cool spring days.

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

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

How To Knit An Easy Triangle Scarf (Free Knitting Pattern)

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 is made in one of my favorite spring colors, a succulent/olive green that looks great next to a white top and denim.

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

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

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

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

easy triangle scarf

Triangle Scarf Knitting Pattern

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


Skill Level – Basic (Beginner Knitter)

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

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

You could adjust the pattern to work on smaller needles and the yarn weight of your choice.

Using only knit stitches and simple increases, you will see how easy it is to grow this knit shawl.

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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 and 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.

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

triangle scarf measurements
The perfect accessory for a spring day.

The supplies you need


  • 2 x 50g (165 m/180 yds) balls of Lana Grossa Aria (100% cotton) in Steingrau 03.
  • The total amount of yarn needed = 360 yards
  • If you can’t find this yarn, The Tina Tape from Wool and The Gang is a good substitute.
  • Lion Brand Landscapes Breeze would also be a lovely yarn to try out for this pattern.
  • Yarn weight – Light / Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart)
  • You could use worsted weight yarn knit with two strands together or a dk weight yarn with three strands together.

Needle Size


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

Knitting Abbreviations

Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • RS – Right side row
  • WS – Wrong side row

Knit Triangular Scarf 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 using the long-tail cast-on method.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.
    Tip – You can place a marker on this side of the work so that you know this is the ‘increase’ side.
    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.
    (You can adjust the number of stitches/number of rows to your personal preference if you want the scarf to be longer).
    Cast off.
    Triangle scarf step 5

succulent coloured knitted triangle scarf

How Do You Wrap A Triangle Scarf?

Wrapping a triangle scarf can add a stylish and cozy touch to your outfit, and there are several ways to do it, depending on the look you’re going for.

Here are some popular methods to wrap a triangle scarf:

1. The Classic Drape

  • How to:
    1. Lay the scarf flat, and fold it into a triangle.
    2. Drape the scarf over your shoulders with the triangle point hanging down your back.
    3. Adjust the front ends to hang as loosely or as tightly as you like.

2. The Front Knot

  • How to:
    1. Fold the scarf into a triangle.
    2. Drape it over your shoulders so that the two ends are hanging in front and the triangle point is at the back.
    3. Tie the two ends together in a knot at the front. You can tie it near your neck for warmth or lower down for a more relaxed look.

3. The Wrap-Around

  • How to:
    1. Begin with the scarf in a triangle formation.
    2. Drape the scarf over your shoulders, letting the triangle point hang down your back.
    3. Take the two ends and wrap them around your neck, crossing them at the back of your neck and bringing them back to the front.
    4. Adjust the scarf so it sits comfortably, either leaving the ends dangling in the front or tucking them under the scarf.

4. The Boho Loop

  • How to:
    1. Fold the scarf into a triangle.
    2. With the triangle pointing downwards in front of you, grab the two ends and bring them around your neck, crossing them at the back.
    3. Pull the ends back to the front or let them hang over your shoulders.
    4. Tuck the ends into the wrapped scarf or let them hang freely for a bohemian look.

5. The Side Knot

  • How to:
    1. Fold the scarf into a triangle and place it over your shoulders.
    2. Let the large triangle point hang in front or slightly to one side.
    3. Tie the ends on one side, near your neck or shoulder. This creates an asymmetric, chic look.

Tips for Styling:

  • Adjusting for Weather: For cooler weather, wrap the scarf tighter around your neck. For a more decorative purpose, let it drape more loosely.
  • Scarf Material: Lighter materials like silk or chiffon are great for a loose, airy look, while thicker materials like wool are better for warmth and a snug fit.
  • Outfit Pairing: Consider the color and pattern of your scarf in relation to your outfit. A bold, colorful scarf can be a statement piece against a neutral outfit, while a simple scarf can add elegance to a more patterned or colorful ensemble.

Experimenting with different ways to wrap your triangle scarf can refresh your look and make the most out of this versatile accessory.

Triangular Scarves

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.

This type of scarf could be worn with any number of spring outfits.

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

You can find more triangular scarves here – Shawls + Wraps.


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Happy Knitting!

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with improving your knitting skills, check out these posts here and be your own knitting instructor  Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know.

Including how to cast on, how to bind off, how to knit the basic knit stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, how to knit the purl stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, how to yarn over, how to measure gauge, how to fix knitting mistakes, and a list of knitting abbreviations (UK + US terms) how to read knitting charts and more. 

For an easy-level project, check out this pattern category; there, you will find a range of knitting patterns- Beginner Knitters

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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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!

  6. Just curious – your yarn choice says two balls at 180 yards per ball, but your total yardage shows 478 yards needed. I have yarn to equal your 2 ball yardage, but I hate to get my scarf mostly done and run out before I get to the correct size…? Could you advise on what total yardage is needed?
    Thank you!