Free Knitting Pattern: Extra Warm Men’s Scarf (Women can definitely wear it!)

Extra Warm Men’s Scarf is a thick scarf featuring all over knot stitches. It’s easy to customize to the size of you want: the knot stitches are worked over multiple of 3 sts plus 1 and there are 1 slipped selvage stitches on either sides (making the overall repeat as multiple of 3 sts).
Knit slightly looser than your usual tension as it will make it easier for you to work on p3tog to make the knot stitch.

Depending on the kind of yarn you use there many be a gap between the knots. You can minimize this by either using the yarn which are squishy (e.t. Rowan CashSoft Aran) or use slightly smaller needles to work the stitches. The gap could be minimised by wet blocking. Try also making a swatch and wet block before you work.FINISHED SIZE
18cm / 7.1” width, 150cm / 60” length

YARN
6 x balls Rowan Classic Cashsoft Aran (Cashmere: 10%, Merino Wool Extra Fine: 57%, Acrylic Microfibre: 33%; 87m (95yds)/50g ball) in Kale (00007)
Unfortunately the yarn is now discontinued but you can use any Aran weight yarn (500-550m (546-600yds) is the approx. length used)

TENSION
23 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over knot stitch using 4.5 cm needles.

NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES
A set of 4.5mm (US7) needles see note above.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
MK – Make knot. The MK is worked on the WS row as follows: p3tog, then without taking the stitches from the left needle, yo, then p3tog into the same stitches. There are no change in the overall stitch number.

PATTERN
Cast on 37 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Sl1 kwise, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): Sl1 pwise, K1, P1; rep from * to end.
These 2 rows form 1×1 rib with 1 slipped selvage stitch on either sides.
Work row 1 once more.
Inc row (WS): Sl1 pwise, rib3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, rib to end. 45 sts.

Main Section
Row 1 and every alternate row (RS): Sl1 kwise, K to end.
Row 2 (WS): Sl1 pwise, *MK; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Row 4: Sl1 pwise, P1, *MK; rep from * to last st, P1.
Row 6: Sl1 pwise, P2, *MK; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3.
These 6 rows form patt.
Repeat these 6 rows until the scarf measures approx. 150 cm ending with a WS row.

Dec row (RS): Sl1 kwise, k3, (K2tog, k3) 8 times, K to end. 37 sts.

Next row (WS): §Sl1 pwise, *K1, P1; rep from * to end.
Next row (RS): Sl1 kwise, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.
Rep all from § once more.
Cast off all sts.

Weave in ends. Block the piece to measurements.

Responses to “Free Knitting Pattern: Extra Warm Men’s Scarf (Women can definitely wear it!)”

  1. Esther

    the scarf looks lovely and warm!

  2. Sarah

    Congratulations on your award from Mary – I thought I’d come visit

    Love this scarf pattern and the reversible mitts you made your Mum are beautiful

  3. Alrischa

    Love the knotty texture. It does look thick and warm Ăś

  4. Erin

    Hi Kyoko, I love your blog and the clean minimalist presentation.

  5. Jo

    You’d be very proud of me Kyoko – I’ve been knitting lots of gloves this month and my projects fit perfectly into the zipped pocket of the bag you made me!
    You’ve been tagged by the way – see my blog for details!

  6. Helen

    I love this scarf, Kyoko – I’ll definitely give it a try. The photo shows up the stitch pattern beautifully.

  7. Rachel@oneprettything.com

    Oh this is fabulous! A really gorgeous scarf. I’ll be linking.

  8. stephanie

    I absolutely love the scarf…and your blog. I actually learned how to knit just a few months ago because of your site. (I used to only crochet.) You make the most wonderful things. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Cupcake

    Lovely. I will make this for my hubby to go with his new winter coat. I’m thinking something in a nice rich red color.

  10. R a i n

    Oh this is beautiful, I’m glad your pattern was listed on the free pattern site and I got to see your blog!

    I wanted to ask a favor,I have some Japanese instructions on a little pack that someone got me, would you possibly be able to translate it for me?

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  12. thank you so much for this lovely pattern! :)
    I plan to knit this one soon and I am wondering what the multiple of the stitches are for this scarf pattern.

    In your tutorial video you said it´s a multiple of 3 + 1, but that does not seem correct for this scarf. Am I misunderstanding something?

    • kyoko

      Hello Paavei!
      Thank you for your comment! :D
      In the pattern, the knot stitch has extra selvage sts. That is why the stitch number is not quite multiple of 3+1. Hope this makes sense. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! :D
      x
      Kyoko

  13. Sara

    Dear Kyoko,

    Recently I became interested in knitting and I would like to knit this pattern…However I am having lots of problems with it…Is there a possibility to have your email and send you the picture of my work so you can give me some comments or let me know if I have done any mistakes? I guess I need to undo it again :(

    Thank you so much for your beautiful website and videos xoxo!

    Regards,
    Sara

    • kyoko

      Hi Sara!
      Sorry for a late reply… Of course you can send me an e-mail with the images. I can certainly try my best to see the problems.
      Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
      x
      Kyoko

  14. Eileen

    Hi! I love this scarf and am about half way finished. I am a newish knitter and am having this difficulty: When I begin a new ball of yarn the pattern reverses. I am making a front back pattern. What am I doing to cause this?? Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Eileen

    • kyoko

      Hello Eileen!
      Thank you for your comment :D If you like, you can e-mail me the photo of the scarf with the problem so that I can understand exactly what you mean as I am currently not sure the exact problem. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. The address is info”at”cottonandcloud”dot”com.
      x
      Kyoko

  15. thanks for this pattern! I made it for my husband. If you want, you can see the pictures in my blog.

    hugs!

    • kyoko

      Hi Betina,
      Thank you so much for you comment. I have just been to your blog. You have knitted so beautifully and I have FB and linked to your blog :D
      Happy knitting!
      x
      Kyoko

  16. Fatin

    hi kyoko!

    i’m currently having an attempt on this pattern. i’m just wondering, is it normal for the holes to be present while knitting? because i’ve seen your tutorial on youtube and your sample do have the holes but the finished project look really neat and compact. or maybe the holes will “disappear” after blocking? i’m afraid if i had make a mistake without knowing.

    thanks in advance for your response. =)

    • kyoko

      Hi Fatin!
      Thank you very much for your comment. The stitches appear different depending on the kind of yarn used. For example, I used Rowan Cashsoft for this scarf which is a very squishy kind of yarn. So when I blocked it, it filled the gap (although if you look closely enough, there are still small holes). If you for example use a single ply yarn, cotton of any other that are relatively less squishy, there tend to be holes between the stitches. I don’t think you are making any mistakes at all. If you like, do please e-mail me with the image of the scarf so that I can check it for you ;)
      Thank you so much for knitting the pattern.
      x
      Kyoko

  17. Toni

    Hi Kyoko! I love this pattern and I can’t wait to try it out for this coming fall! :) But I’m very freshly new to knitting and was wondering if there is a way to make this scarf as an infinity/circle scarf? Thanks so much!

  18. Anna

    Hi Kyoko! The scarf looks very nice. I am trying now to make one myself. Despite the luck of experience I am doing pretty well :D but I have one question though. In the row 6 of the MB in the description you say sl1,p2, *MK. Repeat from* until the last 3 sts, p3. If we have 45 sts in total and 6 of them are perled in this row we have 29 sts left, 29 is not divided by three, so when I do this sl1,p2, *MK. Repeat from* I have 4 sts left not 3 :-S. Am I doing something wrong before that or I do not understand description correctly?

    Thank you in advance for help.

    • Kyoko

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you very much for your comment!
      Here is the answers to your question: There are 45 sts, so first three stitches are worked as sl1, p2 which leaves 42 sts.
      The knot stitch (MK) is worked over 3 sts so you would work MK 13 times which leaves 3 sts at the end.
      Hope this helps. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me ;)
      Happy knitting!
      x
      Kyoko

      • Anna

        Hi Kyoko,

        Thank you very much for your answer it helped. I started knitting the whole scarf following your description, as before I was only making knot stitches. When I got to the row in question it worked :)) I guess I miscalculated and should of tried doing it instead of thinking too much :)). Thank you again.

        Also, I would like to double check something, hope I am not bothering you too much. :-s k1, *p1, k1. Repeat from * until end, does it mean to do the following: k1,p1,k1,p1,k1 and so on (k1,p1) till the end? I know that asterisks indicates a section that should be repeated, but I am not sure which park to repeat, just p1 or p1 and k1. Sorry for such basic questions but I am very new to this :D

        Thank you again for all your help :)

        Anna

      • Kyoko

        Hello Anna,
        No problem at all. Glad that it helped ;)
        You are absolutely right about the second question. It basically means single ribbing i.e. k1, p1, k1, p1, etc …. and end on k1.
        No questions are silly questions and I am so happy that you are working on the scarf.
        For any other help, please feel free to contact me again.

        Happy knitting!
        x
        Kyoko

  19. clementine

    Hi,

    This is such a lovely pattern! I am a beginning knitter and I was wondering if “sl1″ is the same as slip slip knit? Or, if not, is there another term for it and how do I do it?

    Thank you!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Clementine,
      Thank you for the comment. Sl1 means “slip 1 stitch” usually knitwise when on the RS and purlwise when on the WS.
      Hope this helps.
      Happy knitting!
      x
      Kyoko

  20. yantara

    Hi Kyoko,

    I really loved this pattern and made this scarf as a present for my boyfriend. It’s so warm and beautiful!
    He was excited and asked me to knit a beanie similar to scarf. But I have no idea how to knit it..
    Do you have any tutorial, how to knit a beanie using making knot? that would be great :)

    Thank you for your great postings!

    • Kyoko

      Hello!
      Thank you very much for your lovely comment!!
      Sooo happy to hear that you enjoyed the scarf. Yes, I should try to make a beanie with the same stitch. Thank you for the suggestion :D
      Happy knitting !
      x
      Kyoko

      • yantara

        great! thank you so much! I can’t wait, to see the beanie-pattern ;)

  21. Kristen

    Hi Kyoko -

    Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I’m really excited to make the scarf. I’m a beginner and I’m a little confused about this step: Sl1 pwise, K3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, rib to end. 45 sts.

    I understand that I need to do a slip stitch purlwise followed by 3 knit stitches and then I need to add a stitch (M1) followed by rib4 eight times in a row. What does rib4 mean?

    Thanks so much!

    -Kristen

    • Kyoko

      Hi Kristen,

      Thank you very much for your comment :)
      rib4 means to continue 1×1 rib. So just after you make 1 stitch (i.e. M1), you would be working either K1, P1 or P1, K1 depending on what you encounter.
      I have actually corrected the line to: Sl1 pwise, rib3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, rib to end. 45 sts.
      Hope it makes sense! Any questions, please feel free to contact me again!
      Happy knitting :)
      x
      Kyoko

  22. Corrie Sigler

    Hello. Trying to progress to a bit more complex scarf for my son and found yours. It is beautiful. I think I have started correctly but I too am confused by the inc row. Does 1 rib stitch = k1 + p1. I also don’t understand what M1 is. If you would please write out the row that would be great.

    Thank you for your patience and for sharing your beautiful pattern.

    Corrie Sigler

    • Kyoko

      Hi Corrie,
      Thank you for the comment!
      1×1 rib stitch is k1, k1 as you have rightly mentioned.
      For M1, it is “make 1 stitch” So usually it is done by lifting the strand between the stitches by left hand and knit through the back of lop to prevent a hole being made. There is an abrreviation list on my site here, and hope this helps!
      Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all!
      x
      Kyoko

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  24. zuber

    Hi there, i’m really confused with theic row bit;-{

    your instructions say:

    Inc row (WS): Sl1 pwise, rib3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, rib to end. 45 sts.
    as I understand it:

    Inc row (WS) Sl1pwise pk pk pk (m1 pk pk pk pk) repeat 8 times, pk to end

    really stuck, it’s only my second knitting project and would really love to make this one.

    thanks

    • Kyoko

      Hi,
      Thanks for the comment.
      The inc row is worked as follows:
      Sl1 pwise, K1, P1, K1, (M1, P1, K1, P1, K1) 8 times, P1.
      Total of 45 sts.
      Hope this helps!
      Kyoko
      x

  25. zuber

    Thanks for the quick reply! that makes absolute sense.

    i’m trying it now!

  26. zuber

    Thanks Kyoko,

    Success! I’m ready for the main body, which i’ll tackle tomorrow.
    If I get stuck, can I ask again?

    Once again thanks. I’m off to bed now, it’s past midnight here in the UK

  27. LC

    I’m stuck on the increase row.

    Row 4 Inc row (WS): Sl1 pwise, K1, P1, K1, (M1, P1, K1, P1, K1) 8 times, P1.

    I think the stitches are increase by 8 sts. but where? is the M1 suppose to give an extra stitch?

    • Kyoko

      Hi LC,
      Yes, M1 means make 1 stitch. This means increase 1 stitch by lifting a strand of the yarn between stitches and knitting through the back of loop.
      Kyoko

  28. Julia

    Hi Kyoko,

    The scarf looks great. I am actually starting to do the knitting for the particular one. Could you please tell me what exactly rib3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, means? Many thanks.

    Julia

    • Kyoko

      Hi Julia,
      rib is knitted either k1, p1 or p1, k1, depending on the sequence of the ribbing you are working.
      For example:
      Inc row (WS): Sl1 pwise, rib3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, rib to end. 45 sts.
      This means, Sl1 pwise, (k1, p1, k1), (M1, [p1, k1] twice) 8 times, then (p1, k1) rep ( ) to last st, p1.
      Hope this helps!
      x
      Kyoko

  29. Beth

    Can you please tell me what k2tpg means? Thank you!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Beth,
      I think that’s a typo. Sorry I will change it. It should be k2tog (knit 2 together).
      x
      Kyoko

  30. Julia

    Hi there! I’m about to start knitting this scarf, and I just wanted to clarify one thing. You say you can use a slightly smaller needle to work the stitches to prevent the gaps from forming, but I’m not sure which stitches you mean. Do you mean the MK stitches, or do you mean the stitches that are not MK (RS stitches?)
    Thanks!
    Julia

    • Kyoko

      Hi Julia,
      You can use smaller needles to work the whole of the scarf (not just the MK stitches) to prevent gaps forming. But do try swatches because this all depends on the yarns you are using and your knitting tension.
      Also as you have suggested, you could try knitting the MK row with the smaller needles and see this makes a nice fabric too.
      Hope this helps!
      x
      Kyoko

  31. Pamela

    Please excuse my ignorance but what does “rom” mean in the third step in the line “These 2 rows rom 1×1 rib with 1 slipped selvage stitch on either sides. Work row 1 once more. ” I checked your glossary and all of the comments but it is not listed or explained. My compliments to you as my sample block of the main section is stunning.

    • Kyoko

      Hi Pamela,
      Thank you for the comment. It was a typo and should have been written as “form”. It is corrected now.
      Hope this solves the problem. If you have any questions, please let me know!
      x
      Kyoko

  32. Mary

    Hi Kyoko –

    This is a such a lovely pattern and I started it, but I am stuck. I’m wondering if you can help me out.
    I’m trying to break this down in a manner that ensures I don’t make a mistake.

    I start with 37 sts. I knit row 1, 2, and the third row is a repeat of row 1 (correct so far?)

    Then is: Inc row (WS): Sl1 pwise, rib3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, rib to end. 45 sts.
    I see from the past posts that you interpreted this as:

    Sl1 pwise, (k1, p1, k1), (M1, [p1, k1, p1, k1]) 8 times, then (p1, k1) rep ( ) to last st, p1.
    I am confused with what to do 8 times and also, I’m confused with the second part that follows > “(then (p1, k1) rep ) to last st, p1.”

    What exactly do I do after this part to complete this row? I’m not getting what I repeat since there are two sets of parenthesis.

    Row 4 of the rib> Slip 1 Purl wise, Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1, (Make one, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1).

    Next, to ensure I understand how to execute the Main Section, please let me know if I’ve interpreted it correctly: (sorry to be a pain on the rear :-\ )

    Main Section

    Row 1 and every alternate row (RS): Sl1 kwise, K to end.

    Row 2 (WS): Sl1 pwise, *MK; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.

    > (This mean to make a knot until the ‘end’ where I will be left with two sts, which I will purl 2, correct?)
    Row 3 (RS): Sl1 kwise, K to end.

    Row 4 Sl1 pwise, P1, *MK; rep from * to last st, P1.

    > (This mean repeat making a knot until the ‘end’ where I will be left with one sts, which I will purl, 1 correct?)
    Row 5 (RS): Sl1 kwise, K to end.

    Row 6 Sl1 pwise, P2, *MK; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3.

    > (This mean repeat making a knot until the ‘end’ where I will be left with three sts, which I will purl, 3 correct?)
    These 6 rows form patt.

    Repeat these 6 rows until the scarf measures approx. 150 cm ending with a WS row.
    Dec row (RS): Sl1 kwise, k3, (K2tog, k3) 8 times, K to end. 37 sts.
    > What am I doing eight times? Is it the K2tog and K3?
    Next row (WS): §Sl1 pwise, K1, P1; rep from * to end.
    > What does this symbol mean ‘§’ ?
    
Next row (RS): Sl1 kwise, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.

    Rep all from § once more.

    >Here I will repeat the following, correct?:
    (WS): §Sl1 pwise, K1, P1; rep from * to end.
    (RS): Sl1 kwise, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.


    Cast off all sts.

    Thanks in advance for your help and I am so sorry to ask you to re-explain the pattern.

    • Kyoko

      Hi Mary,
      Just replied to your comment!
      If you have any questions, please let me know.
      x
      Kyoko

  33. Seth

    Hi Kyoko!

    This is a lovely pattern and after practicing the knot stitch for a bit, I’m about to embark on making this scarf out of a nice tweedy yarn. I have one question though. Your pictures for this pattern don’t seem to have the first four rows of ribbing before increasing and starting the knot section. I think that looks great and I’m wondering whether it’s tough to start the knot stitch directly off the needle after a cast-on row.

    • Kyoko

      Hi Seth!
      Tweedy yarn would look very nice. Just make sure that you swatch with the yarn you are going to use. If the yarn is quite rigid, then it might create holes in between the knots (see the video tutorial). In the first picture (the grey scarf) there are actually rib at the beginning and the end of the scarf. I used tubular cast on for 1×1 rib so that is may be why it looks less obvious. I think making a knot stitch straight after a cast on would be a little fiddly. Hope this helps!
      x
      Kyoko

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    • Kyoko

      Hi Stephanie,

      The one on the blog is the most up-to-date. Please use this one and I have removed the one on Scribd – It’s a very old version.
      Thank you for letting me know!

      x
      Kyoko

  35. Kathryn

    Hi, I am wondering what the symbol § means? I am stuck here at this point. thanks

    • Kyoko

      It means the same as * so just a symbol to repeat from (i.e. rep from § once more etc).
      Hope this helps!
      x
      kyoko

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