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
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
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.
- WS: purl all sts.
- RS: P2, yo, knit to marker, yo, k1, yo, knit to marker, yo, p2.
Rep rows 2 and 3 once more.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
pm: place marker
yo: yarn over
wyif: with yarn in front
p2tog: purl 2 together
BO: bind off