Skinny Scarf Pattern


Skinny Scarf Pattern


Katherine Walters - The Knitted Raven


This simple pattern knit in fine yarn produces a luxurious accessory that makes a wonderful gift. As it only needs one skein, I encourage you to splurge on nice yarn. It can be worn in a variety of ways (see pictures).  It is a great pattern for new knitters as it uses no purl stitches and the lacy effect is created by yarn overs and knitting two stitches together.  It creates a reversible scarf (i.e. it looks the same front and back).

Note: This pattern was originally designed for lace weight yarn; however, I'm currently knitting it using Cascade Eco Duo on 5 mm needles. This is a worsted weight alpaca/merino blend with a soft hand and drape, and it's looking great. Pictures to follow!

Materials: One skein of lace weight yarn.  I used Sugarbush Drizzle in Thunderstorm. (25g/200m) for the sample above, but any comparable lace weight yarn should do. If you want a longer scarf, you can use a second ball (total 400 m). Consider a yarn with color variations. The gentle color changes in the yarn add visual interest without complicating the knitting. 

Needles: Size 4 mm needles.  You will also need a tapestry needle for darning in the ends.

Gauge: Gauge is not incredibly important, but it is good to get in the habit of swatching and checking your gauge. My sample was 6.5-7.5 inches wide (blocked the ends to flair slightly) and 53 inches long. My gauge was 5.5 stitches to the inch.



Loosely cast on 36 stitches.  I used a 5 mm needle to cast mine on to prevent me from pulling my yarn too tightly.

Knit six rows to create a garter stitch edge.

Row 7 (your one and only pattern row): K6, (K1, YO, K2tog) 3 times; K6, (K1,YO,K2tog) 3 times; K6.

Repeat this row until your skein is nearly exhausted. With the right side of your work facing, knit the next 6 rows. Then cast off loosely.  

Darn in the yarn ends.  Gently hand wash and block.

Care: This item will be created with fine yarn.  Be sure to follow the care instructions on the yarn label.  Generally, fine yarn should be hand washed in cold water, with a mild soap designed for fine knits.  Lay flat to dry.

Note:  You are free to use this pattern for personal use, or to hand make items for sale.  Please credit me as the designer on your product labeling/website/etc.


K or k - knit

P or p - purl

K2tog - knit two stitches together

YO - yarn over

PM - Place stitch marker

Samples above knit in Sugarbush Drizzle Thunderstorm.

If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to email me at

Happy knitting!


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