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68 Free Scarf Knitting Patterns

Knitting a scarf has never been easier, so make one (or more!) of these patterns today.

By: Caley Walsh, Editor,
Updated December 03, 2020
68 Free Scarf Knitting Patterns

Whether you're new to knitting or have been purling for years, there's no denying that knitting scarves is a fun and easy project for all. These free scarf knitting patterns are perfect for all kinds of knitters!

Discover beginner friendly patterns such as single color scarf knitting ideas and projects that are worked flat, among others! You'll also find scarves for women, men, and kids.

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Plus, see our fantastic Box Stitch Knitting Tutorial Video! Learn how to do the box stitch and design your own beautiful knit scarf.

Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns for Women

There are so many options when it comes to knit scarf patterns and it's easy to get overwhelmed. Whether you're looking for a warm and cozy scarf design or desire something more fashionable, scarves make great gifts, so be sure to knit a few and save them for later.

Intermediate Scarf Knitting Patterns for Women

While the majority of patterns in this collection are easy, a challenge is always fun! Find some intermediate scarf patterns below. If you've never tried knitting cables before, we have some fun cable patterns in this list! You'll also learn exciting stitches like the Dizzyingly Diagonal Scarf Pattern (so pretty!) and the colorwork in the Kiel Scarf is enviable. Get excited about the patterns in this collection!

Knitting Scarf Patterns for Men

Whether you're looking for birthday or holiday gifts, it's often a challenge just to think of something to get your dad or brother. Easy scarf knitting patterns for men are a great way to come up with a gift for your husband, boyfriend, son, uncle, and all the other men in your life. With these various scarf knitting patterns, you're sure to find something perfect for all the men on your list!

These great knitted scarves for men really would make excellent gifts. No matter what the weather, men of all ages will love this Makin' Bacon Scarf!

Knitting a Scarf for Kids

Since these free scarf knitting patterns for kids are generally smaller and easier to make, they work up quickly and are a great outlet for experimenting with color and technique.

Patterns like the Little Boy's Hat and Scarf Set are easy to customize - kids will love picking out the colors!  There are plenty of easy scarf knitting patterns that you can work on and later donate to charity as a way to give back to the community.

Find even more precious knitting patterns for kids below! Included in the list are knit winter sets for kids, easy scarves, and more! Scarves for kids tend to be smaller than scarves for adults, so these projects should whip up quickly!

Free Hat And Scarf Knitting Patterns Sets

Not only are scarves great, but free hat and scarf knitting patterns sets are even better! With these sets, you can make an entire winter accessory pack for your outdoor activities. Choose a yarn that matches your favorite wool winter jacket, or pick the most adorable, colorful yarns for the kids' sets! A neutral yarn is ideal for any men's set, and you can choose neutral colors for your own pattern set if you have a boldly colored jacket. Make a handful of winter patterns for the whole family with these knitting ideas.

Pattern Battle! Which of these scarf knitting patterns below do you prefer?

Leave a comment below and tell us your pick.

Slouchy Cowl Knitting PatternRaspberry Riffles Cowl Knitting Pattern

Slouchy Cowl Knitting Pattern (left) vs. Raspberry Ruffles Cowl Knitting Pattern (right)

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Raspberry Ruffles Cowl

The Raspberry cowl on the right fits my personality best.

The year is 2017, and I'm still going with the Slouchy Cowl for the pattern battle. Also, those rustic cowls are so within my aesthetic right now. Thanks!

I was finding some good patterns in google.This patterns helped me a lot...Thanks...

So glad to hear that! Happy knitting! -Editors of FaveCrafts

I like the slouchy cowl the blue color is pretty and it's the kind of scarf that can go with anything. The ruffles cowl is just a little too vintage-looking for my style.

The slouchy knit cowl is more my style. Although I crochet over knit, the ruffles don't do anything for me.

Definitely the blue one on the left!! Classy and timeless -- and goes with everything!

I really dig the Autumn Garter Stitch. It's a very vibrant piece. Sure, it might look out of place outside of the fall season, but that makes it all the more special.

I definitely prefer the slouchy cowl pattern. The other one has a pretty color, but I always feel like I'm choking when I wear something that tight around my neck.

I really love the slouchy cowl! I think that it looks really cozy and would match a ton of my fall and winter outfits!

I hate having things tight around my neck--always makes me feel like I'm choking--so I'd go with the slouchy cowl. Hands down.

My grandson showed me this a few years ago...I quickly forgot how. Now I can review and learn to actually do this . He made several "strings"for me and I decorated my Christmas tree with them!

I prefer the Slouchy Cowl Knitting Pattern. I like the traditional look. The other one is too intense for me!

I love the Slouchy Cowl! It looks like a simple scarf that you can just throw on with any outfit.

I like the Slouchy Cowl Knitting Pattern. It has a very classic design, so it would look great in any color.

Honestly, the Slouchy Cowl FOR SURE! The other is cute, but I don't like scarves that are that tight on my neck. It makes it hard to wear them on top of coats and stuff.

I vote for the Slouchy Cowl Knitting Pattern! However, I wouldn't mind making the Slouchy Cowl in the raspberry color.

I'm probably going to have to go with the slouchy cowl. The other one might make me feel like I'm choking lol

Both are pretty but I prefer the understated, simple beauty of the Slouchy Cowl Knitting Pattern.

The Slouchy Cowl Knitting Pattern, for sure!

I love the Slouchy Cowl Knitting Pattern! It is classic and goes with anything.

Wow, this is a unique design. I wanna try this but I need to learn how to knit first.

I am going to have to go with the Slouchy Cowl. It's simple and can go with any outfit. Besides, I don't quite think I'm ready to learn how to cable knit just yet.

Great choice, GrumpyCat4Prez! We love cowls.

Perfect. Keep 'em coming!

Definitely the Raspberry Ruffles Cowl for me. I've already gotten the pattern and need to search the "stash" to see if there is anything suitable to knit it of. It may look silly on my short, fat neck, but who cares when you're warm????

I bet it will look great. I think people always look so cute cozy and cuddled up. -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

Hey Everybody... Have fun knitting..

Actually I'm facing a problem... I've lost a knit or purl I'm not sure too. And i don't even know where have I made the mistake cause I'm still new in knitting. i have no idea who can help me with this problem... Can anyone help?

aw_yi You can check if you have lost a stitch by counting the stitches on your needles--I have gotten lots of help from watching some of the people on YouTube--you might want to check it out--there is a lady there who shows you that if you lost a stitch how to get it back--Good Luck

aw-yi hopefully you resolved this by now and are knitting up a storm! If not, I highly reccomend checking out our sister site They have a ton of helpful tutorials not to mention free patterns for beginners. -Kaylee, Editor of


i definitely going to do this

i definitely going to do this


Hi Mandubar, SSK means slip slip knit. Slip 2 stitches from the left needle to the right one. Then knit them together. This is one way to do a decrease in knitting. Hope this helps! editors of FaveCrafts

Very helpful

What does SSK mean???????????????

Found the answer finally: ssk..Slip, slip, knit slipped stitches tog


Its awesome collection,I like this site so much.

Aww! Thanks so much! We're so glad you like it :)

The whole set of the scarfs. are very intrigueing, but I have only 2 hands.. smile

hahaha! I know exactly what you mean! If only we could knit with our toes... :)


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