Make this Easy, Free Color Block Scarf Knitting Pattern, a great knitting project for beginners!
Knitted scarves are such a versatile and practical accessory. But that doesn’t mean they have to be dull or drab. Adding in a simple color blocking technique creates a very cool and instantly recognizable scarf. Don’t believe me? Check out this….
Color Blocks make the coolest scarf project!
Few easy projects can boast the impact of a bold color blocked scarf. Simply mixing your two favorite colors in great big blocks and knitting a super long scarf to double and triple wrap around your neck is the coolest yet warmest way to get through these last cold weeks of winter.
You can cast on this mega scarf on a Saturday morning and literally be binding it off by the time the Sunday night sun is setting in the sky.
And if you follow my tutorial for weaving in the ends as you knit, you can wear the scarf immediately and skip all those hours of weaving in ends.
Because who wants to wait to wear THIS?
What do you need to know to knit this Color Block scarf? Here’s the list…..
- Cast on
- Knit Stitch
- Join new Yarn
- Bind Off
- Weave in the ends while you knit (for all the color joins)
- Weave in the ends (for the CO and BO ends)
Basically, if you understand how to knit a garter stitch scarf, you can make this!
“But, Miss Patty,” you say, “the real scarf is knit in worsted weight yarn in the round is stockinette. Why did you make it this way?”
I’m so glad you asked!
There’s one big reason why the scarf is designed this way. It’s so it can be finished and worn in a reasonable about of time!
The bottom line is that the inspiration scarf is knit with much smaller yarn on much smaller needles with way more cast on stitches. I’ve seen some people on Ravelry say it took them over a year to finally get their scarf all knitted. Yeah. A year.
This pattern is designed for those of us who knit a little bit slower, or who only have an hour or two here and there to work on projects. I binge knitted and got mine done in a weekend, but you would never get the “real” version done in a weekend unless you have mad, fast knitting skills. And I know some of you do! But for the rest of us, there’s THIS…
I used my size 15US knitting needles to make this scarf. I prefer wood for my straight knitting needles, but you can use your favorite. I highly recommend wood straight needles for scarves, but that’s me. The yarn is from Michael’s and is their store brand Loops and Threads yarn. I love this super bulky weight yarn from them! It’s very nice all-purpose yarn, and I knit a lot of accessories with it. You can sub in Lion Brand Thick and Quick, but I found the Loops and Threads did not require blocking at the end to get smooth edges. All the colors in the line were the exact same size and weight of yarn, so the blocks were perfect right off the needles.
Without further delay, here’s the pattern I used to construct this scarf.
- Yarn: 4 skeins Michael’s brand Loops and Cozy Wool Super Bulky Weight yarn
- Colorway: 2 skeins Goldenrod & 2 skeins Claret
- Needles: Size 15 US knitting needles.
- Notions: Tapestry needle
- CO 14 Stitches in Claret
- Knit 20 rows ending on a Right Side Row.
- Join Goldenrod and knit 20 rows ending on a Right Side Row.
- Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have 19 blocks, ending with the same color in the CO. In this case, Claret.
- Bo off stitches on the 20th row.
- Weave in the ends. If you use my special technique for weaving in the ends as you knit the project, you will basically be done when you Bind Off the project.
And that’s it! If you need tutorials for any of the techniques, I’ve linked to them. I have them all on the website here, and they all have video tutorials to demonstrate the technique.
I’ve even created a quick video tutorial showing the process for weaving in the ends while you knit, so you aren’t stuck with a ton of finishing at the end. It’s an easy way to make up a super chunky Color Block scarf that will not only be fun to wear, it will keep you warm. Really Warm! The tutorial is right here!
This pattern is totally customizable to your taste. Feel free to CO a few fewer stitches and knit fewer rows in each block to make it go faster. The big thing is to keep the blocks an equal size. So if you decide 12 rows is better for you, knit each color block section in 12 rows. Knit this to fit your size and personality. A smaller more petite person will want a slightly smaller scarf than a man who is over 6 feet tall.
Pick your two favorite colors! They can be your team, your school or even your House. Get knitting!
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