A scarf is the perfect project for a beginning lace knitter. Scarves also make nice swatches for trying out a new yarn or stitch pattern before making a large shawl. Here are ten free patterns for lace scarves. All recommended patterns are for knitting; many include charts. For those unfamiliar with knitting charts, they provide a visual representation of a pattern using symbols instead of words. Charts are easier than wordy, written instructions for more complicated patterns.
The Falling Water Lace Scarf in fingering weight wool looks like cables with openwork in between. The chart is included, so there are no complicated written instructions to follow. The pattern is a fifteen row repeat.
Lace Scarf in Kid Merino has no chart included, but is a simple pattern with just a four row repeat. The recommended mohair-blend yarn makes a scarf light as a feather, yet warm and soft.
Dewdrop Simple Lace Scarf includes a chart, although the pattern is simple enough to memorize. Knit this beauty with two strands held together: one strand of ribbon yarn and one strand of kid mohair.
Lacy V Scarf is quick to knit in worsted weight yarn. No chart is provided for the fourteen row pattern repeat, but the pattern becomes obvious after the first V is completed. The larger gauge means fewer total rows to knit, so this scarf goes quickly even without a chart.
Traveling Roses Lace Scarf is a beautiful scarf pattern, but not for the faint-of-heart! A chart of 43 rows is provided. This exquisite knitted scarf would make a great gift for someone special, but only if you are a patient and skilled knitter.
The Simple Knitted Lace Scarf is true to its name. A garter stitch border helps the scarf keep its shape. This knitting pattern includes a chart for the easy, four row pattern repeat. Scarf knits up quickly in worsted weight yarn.
Branching Out scarf pattern allows a knitter to practice all the common lace increase and decrease techniques. The pattern designer provides written instruction, but recommends following the chart instead. Branching Out is made in lace weight yarn, suitable for experienced knitters or for adventurous intermediate knitters.
Brooke’s Column of Leaves scarf pattern includes written instructions for the eight row pattern repeat. There is also a link to the charted version of the pattern. Done in green yarn, the scarf really does look like a column of leaves.
Checkerboard Lace Scarf has written instructions for the twenty-row repeat. Pattern includes large color illustrations so you can see the pattern in detail. This is a good project for those who like written instructions or who can create their own chart for the pattern.
Easy Lace Scarf Pattern based on the “Old Shale” Shetland shawl pattern. This is suitable for a first lace project. The site includes clear, close-up pictures in its excellent illustrated tutorial on common lace techniques showing how to do the yarn-overs, increases, and decreases essential to knitting lace patterns. Refer to this site if you forget how to do “SSK” or “PSSO.”
Lace scarves are versatile to wear, fun to knit, and special to give to friends. Most of these scarves could also be made wider if a lace shawl pattern is desired. Select a simple or challenging knitted scarf pattern for your next project.