30 Free Scarf Knitting Patterns To Make In 2023


In this post, you will see a round-up of 30 free scarf knitting patterns to make in 2023.

One of the best projects any knitter can make in the fall is a cozy knitted scarf.

I have been feeling the change in the weather over the last few days and now that fall is here I am looking forward to spending more time knitting.

While searching for new series to watch on Netflix, as many have been starting recently, I have also been searching for new patterns to share with you.

30 Free scarf knitting patterns to make in 2023

Easy Scarf Patterns

There are so many easy scarf knitting patterns out there, that you are really spoilt for choice.

From fine intricate knitted scarves to super chunky knitted cowls, you can make one for every outfit.  

Check out a round-up of knitted cowls to make – Free Cowl Patterns

You can also see a Triangle scarf knitting pattern that is perfect for fall. – How To Knit An Easy Triangle Wrap For Fall

super bulky knitted infinity scarf
Get the Brianna Scarf Pattern Here. – Outlander Scarf | Brianna Fraser Pattern
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What Is The Best Knitting Stitch For A Scarf?    

The best knitting stitch for a scarf depends on personal preference, the desired look and texture, and the level of knitting experience. 

Here are some popular knitting stitches that are perfect for scarves:

  1. Garter Stitch is one of the simplest and most beginner-friendly knitting stitches. It involves knitting every row, creating a textured fabric that lies flat and has a pronounced ridged pattern on both sides. Garter stitch scarves are reversible and have a squishy, cozy feel.
  1. Stockinette Stitch is another basic stitch, it creates a smooth and flat fabric with “V” shaped stitches on the right side and purl bumps on the wrong side. Be aware that the stockinette stitch has a tendency to curl at the edges, so it’s recommended to add a border or block the scarf after finishing to prevent curling.
  1. The seed stitch alternates between knit and purl stitches within each row and between rows. It produces a bumpy texture that looks like scattered seeds. Seed stitch scarves are reversible and add visual interest to your project.
  1. Ribbing stitch is commonly used for scarf edges or as an entire scarf. It is created by alternating knit and purl stitches in the same row, creating vertical columns of knits and purls. Ribbed scarves are stretchy and have a nice texture.
  1. A  cable stitch is perfect If you want a more intricate and visually striking scarf.  Cables involve crossing stitches over each other to create twisting patterns. They may require some experience with cabling techniques.
  1. Lace stitch patterns are delicate and often feature decorative holes and intricate designs. Lace scarves can be stunning and elegant, but they may be more challenging for beginners due to the need for precise yarn overs and decreases.

Learn how to knit the simple garter stitch here- How To Knit Garter Stitch 

Learn how to knit the stockinette stitch here – How To Knit Stockinette Stitch (For Beginners) 

Check out cable stitches to explore here – 8 Cable Stitch Knitting Patterns

What Is The Easiest Scarf To Knit?    

The easiest scarf to knit for a beginner is one that involves basic knit stitches and doesn’t require complicated techniques or stitch patterns.

The two most straightforward stitch patterns options are the garter stitch and the rib stitch:

  1. A garter stitch scarf is the absolute easiest scarf you can knit. All you need to do is knit every row. It creates a simple, squishy fabric with a nice textured appearance. Since you’re only using the knit stitch, it’s perfect for beginners to practice their tension and get comfortable with the knitting process.
  2.  The ribbing stitch is also easy to knit and adds a bit of texture to your scarf. To make a simple ribbed scarf, you’ll alternate knit stitches and purl stitches in each row. For example, you could do a 1×1 rib, where you knit one stitch, then purl one stitch, and repeat across the row.

Both of these scarf patterns are reversible, meaning they look the same on both sides, and they create attractive and functional scarves. 

Make and enjoy the warmth that this cozy scarf will bring with a pattern from Lady By The Bay.

What Is The Standard Size Knit Scarf?    

  • The standard size for a knit scarf can vary depending on your own style and fashion trends.
  • However, a common and versatile size for a knit scarf is approximately 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) wide and 60 to 70 inches (152 to 178 centimeters) long.
  • This size allows the scarf to be wrapped around the neck comfortably, providing warmth and style.
  • It also gives enough length to drape the ends or tuck them into a coat or jacket, as needed, without being overly bulky.
  • The width ensures that the scarf covers the neck well and provides adequate protection from the cold.
  • Of course, the scarf size is not fixed, and you can adjust it to suit your preferences and needs.
  • If you prefer a narrower or wider scarf, feel free to customize the width.
  • Similarly, you can make it longer or shorter based on your height and how you like to wear scarves.
  • Keep in mind that the size of the scarf can also be influenced by the type of yarn you are using and the stitch pattern you choose.
  • Bulkier yarn and textured stitches may result in a slightly larger scarf, while lighter yarn and simple stitches may result in a smaller one.
  • Ultimately, the best scarf size is the one that makes you feel comfortable and stylish when you wear it.
  • So, feel free to experiment and find the dimensions that work best for you.

Knit a cable scarf with this free knitting pattern designed by Fran Marlin.

30 Free Scarf Knitting Patterns

If you are looking for a new project to cast-on check out this round-up of knit scarves for inspiration. 

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  1. Hi. I need help. I want to make the cowl called “Cozy Ribbed Scarf”. Originally from Lady by the Bay. I can’t seem to find out how many stitches to cast on. I have been looking everywhere online, in Pinterest, google and I just can’t find it.
    Can you help me out?
    Thanks, Rosalie

    1. Hello Rosalie,
      From doing a quick google search the instructions come up and it says to cast on 140 stitches.
      I hope that helps!