Cozy up with free scarf knitting patterns!

Scarves are the perfect layering accessory as the seasons change and days get colder. Scarves are AMAZING accessories for every outfit no matter the season. You can have an all-neutral capsule wardrobe, but each outfit will still look drastically different once you add in a textured scarf!

We usually have a stash of fall and winterwear stashed away at home. But last year’s wardrobe might feel a bit “blah”. So how can you spice up your look?

That’s easy, add a scarf!

Woman holding her scarf to keep warm. This image if simply for decorative purposes showing off the free scarf knitting patterns in this blog!
Knitted scarf patterns for every skill level!

Scarves are easy projects to make and make uniquely yours with a few quick and easy choices. Try bright yarns or fun textured stitches to take a basic scarf from boring to beautiful!

Because these projects are usually simple shapes, they’re a great way to practice a new stitch without the pressure of a bigger project. Even a slightly wonky looking scarf is functional, so why not try out a few stitch patterns while you’re at it?

Knitted Scarf Patterns for Beginners

“Aren’t scarves difficult to make?”

Not really! There are tons of free scarf knitting patterns that are completely beginner-friendly— yet still very stylish!

Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite free scarf knitting patterns that I found online. You can choose between beginner-friendly to more complicated patterns. Enjoy!

What You Need for Your Scarf Knitting Patterns

Scarves don’t typically need a whole lot of knitting materials. But it’s still best to have everything you need to knit a scarf on hand. Here’s a list of what you need to knit a cozy scarf:

  • Knitting needlesKnitting needles are a must-have for these scarf patterns. You can find the right needle gauge in the beginning of each pattern or on your yarn’s label!
  • Yarn – Make sure to check the pattern to see what yarn weight to use. You can typically find all of the details on your yarn band or in the “suggested yarn” section of the free scarf knitting pattern you’re following!
  • Scissors – A pair of scissors is another important tool that you will use for all of your knitting projects. You’ll need them to cut the yarn when you’re done!
  • Stitch markers – You might need stitch markers to keep track of where you are if you’re following a tricky stitch pattern. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a stitch marker to mark a specific side so you can remember the right from the wrong side of your project! If you don’t have stitch markers, you can use a strand of scrap yarn—preferably in a different color so it’s easy to see.
  • Yarn/darning needle – You will need a yarn needle or darning needle to sew in the loose ends.
  • Free knit scarf patterns – Of course, you need to find the perfect knit scarf pattern too! Keep reading to see the list of 10 free patterns designed by steller designers.

10 Best Free Scarf Knitting Patterns for the Season

Excited to explore free scarf knitting patterns? Same here!

I had a fantastic time hunting for these treasures online and I really hope you guys love them and try them out. So, without further ado, here are my top favorite scarf patterns!

Disclaimer: This article contains links to external unaffiliated websites.

In Awe chunky scarf pattern.
© Brome Fields

1. Scarf: In Awe

By: Brome Fields

YARN: Super Bulky

SIZE: 9″ x 81″ [23 cm x 205 cm]

Chunky and full of texture, this In Awe scarf knitting pattern is a must in your winter queue.

The super bulky yarn means it’ll knit up in a flash for a last-minute accessory, perfect for the first cold snap each fall. It also gives maximum warmth and coziness without sacrificing any style points!

Get the pattern >

No-Purl Ribbed Scarf pattern.
© Purl Soho

2. No-Purl Ribbed Scarf

By: Purl Soho

YARN: Aran

SIZE: 8.5″ x 64″

Another favorite pattern of mine is this No-Purl Ribbed Scarf by the Purl Soho.

The finished scarf has a simple, yet stylish look that many of us love! Plus… no purling!

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Simple Joy Scarf Pattern.
© Brome Fields

3. Simple Joy Scarf

By: Brome Fields

YARN: Jumbo

SIZE: 15″ x 81″ [38 cm x 206 cm]

JUMBO yarn makes this Simple Joy Scarf pattern ultra cozy and fast to make! Make sure to grab your extra big knitting needles before you settle in to cast on.

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Fisherman's Ribbed Beginner Knit Scarf pattern.
© Mary Beth Temple

4. Fisherman’s Rib Beginner Knit Scarf

By: Mary Beth Temple

YARN: Super Bulky

SIZE: 10″ x 76″

Want a new scarf that’s extra cozy and stretchy? This Fisherman’s Rib Beginner Knit Scarf is for you!

Fisherman’s rib is like the basic rib stitch (knit and purls) with a small twist! Knitting into the row below makes the stitches extra squishy! This is a great project for practicing this popular stitch.

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Knit + Fold Bandana in Picnic Cotton pattern.
© Purl Soho

5. Knit + Fold Bandana in Picnic Cotton

By: Purl Soho

YARN: Fingering

SIZE: 24″ x 24″, 27″ x 27″, 30″ x 30″

Now, you may be thinking “this is not a scarf!”. This bandana shape is such a fun twist and is still super functional as well. The best part? You can make it in a bunch of sizes, perfect for the littles in your life too.

Purl Soho has amazing patterns that are not only beginner-friendly, but so so beautiful as well!

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Aster Flower Scarf pattern.
© Loopy Mango

6. Aster Flower Scarf

By: Loopy Mango

YARN: Super Bulky

SIZE: 8″ x 65″ [20 cm x 165 cm]

Love a statement piece? Great! So do I.

That’s exactly why this Aster Flower Scarf caught my attention. I rushed to click on the image while I was hunting for patterns.

The flower pattern is a little bit unusual so it’s worth practicing a few times before you cast on for the full project.

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Stash Dive Scarf pattern.
© Summer Lee

7. Stash Dive Scarf

By: Summer Lee

YARN: Aran

SIZE: 72″ long

The Stash Dive Scarf is every indecisive knitter’s best friend! If you don’t know what yarn colors to use, or you have a ton of scraps that you can’t throw out, this pattern is for you!

With barely any rules to follow, this free scarf knitting pattern is sure to give you unique results every time you make it.

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Beginner Scarf and beanie knit pattern.
© Lion Brand Yarn

8. Beginner Scarf

By: Lion Brand Yarn

YARN: Super Bulky

SIZE: 7″ x 66″ [18 cm x 167.5 cm]

Prefer a matching scarf and beanie set? Then this one’s for you!

This pattern is an awesome first-time project for new knitters who want to practice the basic garter stitch and perfecting your bind off skills!

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Scarf with Frill pattern.
© Coats & Clark

9. Scarf with Frills

By: Red Heart Design Team

YARN: Super Bulky

SIZE: 6.5″ x 65″

I live for these frills! This is a fun scarf pattern that will definitely turn heads during a casual stroll!

This Scarf with Frills pattern easily amps up a plain outfit. So give it a go!

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Scarf: Togetherness pattern.
© Brome Fields

10. Scarf: Togetherness

By: Brome Fields

YARN: Super Bulky

SIZES: 20″ x 71″ [50 cm x 180 cm]

The first thing that caught my eye with this pattern was how thick and FLUFFY it is!

So it should be obvious why I made it a personal mission to include this free scarf knitting pattern in this round-up.

This pattern easily adds a fun touch to an outfit the moment you drape it over your shoulders. Choose a fun fuzzy yarn to make fast work of this simple pattern.

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Thoughts on Free Knit Scarf Patterns for Beginners

I had so much fun writing this round up! Many people think that scarves are just long, chunky pieces of fabric used to keep them warm during colder seasons.

But they’re more than that! Scarves are not only functional, but they can be extremely stylish too! Draping a knitted scarf over your shoulder is one quick way to spruce up a basic outfit.

You don’t need to do much planning. Just pop on a fun scarf and you’re good to go! My favorite free knit scarf patterns are Aster Flower Scarf and the Scarf: Togetherness patterns. What are yours?

Tell me all about which ones you fell in love with in the comments section below!

Looking for more knitted pieces to add into your wardrobe? Check out this collection of beautiful knitted shawls and knitted balaclava patterns!

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