Bandana Scarf (free pattern)


Scarves are so simple, so needed, and have millions of variations– a quick sweep on Ravelry will show you the sheer glut of scarf designs. Yet they remain ever the popular beginner/commuter/in general cold weather project. This one, knitted in exactly the same manner as a center-out triangular shawl, aims to avoid the endless back-and-forth boredom, while being a knitterly twist on the wild west staple.


A faster, more fun twist on the infinity scarf, the Bandana Scarf can be done a couple of weekends and has no limit on creative options, as well as being a great “pre” shawl practice piece. Sub out the silky wool superwash shown here for a fuzzy alpaca; work in some stripes (they’ll make a single, large, very cool chevron here) or color work slip stitches.

By adding 4 or 5 inches to the body of the scarf and skipping the lace, the bandana is a guy-friendly piece. Pictures to come soon of this variation, but what I did was swap out the picot lace for a wheatear cable border, knit separately and sewed on with a simple whip stitch.


Thing is, as adaptable as this pattern is, there’s something beautiful about the simplicity of cranberry red  wool wrapped around one’s neck while strolling through an orchard or corn maze (I know, my Midwestern is showing.) The picot lace is sweet and girly, but not frilly, and just the right touch.

Unlike some scarf patterns, 220 yards isn’t a terribly large amount of yarn, just the right amount to make something from a single skein of expensive luxury yarn or save some cash and have a scarf for less than $10


. On a totally unrelated note about these photos, who wants some apples? cider? donut? hay ride?

Pattern is given in written form below and PDF form

bandana scarf pattern PDF

Bandana Scarf

Devote Knits

Yarn & Materials

Knit Picks Swish Worsted

2 skiens Hollyberry, 110 yds each

I used every inch of yarn on the prototype, adding about 12″ to finish. I compensated in the design by reducing the pattern by 2 rows.

US 8 16″ circular needles

Stitch markers

Bandana Scarf Pattern

foundation: co 2 sts. Knit 10 rows. Turn and pick up 9 sts from edge of knitted string; 11 sts.

Set up row: RS: p2, pm, yo, k3, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k3, yo, p2. 15 sts.

  1. WS: purl all sts.
  2. RS: P2, yo, knit to marker, yo, k1, yo, knit to marker, yo, p2.

Rep rows 2 and 3 once more.

  1. RS: knit all sts.

For scarf body, work in this pattern: Row 1, Row 2, Row 1, Row 2, Row 3.

Repeat the pattern until there are 159 sts in total, ending with a non-increase row.

  1. next row: k2, inc 1 wyif, purl to center st, inc 1 wyif, p1, inc 1 wyif, purl to last 2 sts, inc 1 wyif, k2.
  2. Next row (WS): k2, *yo, p2tog, rep from * until 1 st before center st, p3, *yo, p2tog, rep to last 2 sts, k2.

next row (RS) rep row 4.

BO, using Picot Bind off

Picot BO:

BO 2 sts. transfer st to left hand needle. *CO 2 sts using finger method; bind off 4 sts. Rep from * to end of row.

Block piece thoroughly, drawing points out to exaggerate shape.


CO: cast on

k: knit

p: purl

pm: place marker

yo: yarn over

wyif: with yarn in front

inc: increase

p2tog: purl 2 together

BO: bind off

4 thoughts on “Bandana Scarf (free pattern)

  1. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for this free pattern. Very nice. Is the setup row correct? If you follow the instructions, you are actually knitting 12 stitches, not 11 – which is what is on the needle. Should the P3 at the end actually be P2 or do we pick up 10 stitches, not 9 stitches. Thanks.

  2. Katherine says:

    Carolyn: the setup row is correct. You begin with 2 stitches, then pick up and knit 9– equaling 11 total stitches. The P3 is wrong though, it is supposed to be P2. I will correct it right now– good catch!

    • Katherine says:

      Me too! I was inspired by a picture of a celebrity wearing a scarf folded into a triangle and tied like a bandana…I thought hmm, that’s a cute way to wear a scarf 🙂

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