Free Scarf Knitting Pattern | Pattymac Knits

Ready for a beautiful, free Scarf Knitting Pattern?

By now you’ve finished knitting My Magic Scarf pattern, and have a fabulous chunky knit scarf to wear proudly the rest of the winter. And next year as well! (if you don’t know about this please visit that post).

But you may be wondering, “What’s next?”

Well, you can reknit the same easy knit scarf pattern with different color of  yarn.  Use the same yarn brand, pick a different color, and  use the same knitting needles to create something new that still feels sort of familiar.

Or, you can be really adventurous and try an entirely different yarn. Luckily for you, I have a suggestion.

Meet the Polychromatic Scarf!

This scarf pairs so well with that bomber jacket and lacy dress.

Before you get too worried about weaving tons of ends every time this scarf changes color, let me set your mind at ease. In this kind of yarn, the color changes are dyed into the fiber. All you have to do is knit.

Yeah. Just knit, and the yarn changes the colors for you.

This is a variegated yarn, which means the colors vary and are somewhat random. When it’s machine done like a craft store yarn like this, it can be predictable. But when you start working with hand dyed yarn from boutique indie dyers (like Yarn Love Yarn and Dragonfly Fibers), the color is not predictable. And that’s when the real magic happens.

Multicolor knits are one of the most fun things EVER.

Until you realize all those little ends have to be woven in at the end of the project. #whatwasithinking?

With this scarf, you can literally have your cake and eat it, too. Which is great since we’re all still trying to stick to those annoying New Year’s Resolutions for things like “Eat Healthier.” Sometimes New Year’s can be a real drag.

It’s still long enough to wrap around your neck. And the perfect downtown balance to a sweet lacy dress.

A s I was saying. Have your cake and eat it, too, with this super easy knit scarf pattern. The yarn has built in color changes, so you can simply knit, knit, knit your evening away enjoying Netflix and your favorite cuppa.

I won’t tell anyone if you sneak in a slice of Coconut Cake from your favorite bakery to complement your evening with Gilmore Girls. ‘Cause really. If there wasn’t caked involved what would Lorelai say? 

Just like My Magic Scarf, The Polychromatic Scarf can be styled several different ways. A little variety is a good thing, don’t you think?

No two of these scarves will be the same. Every skein is a little bit different, so you could knit this over and over from the same color way and never make an identical scarf.

Isn’t that cool?

With the right boots, this is instant BoHo Chic!

This scarf is the second project I always recommend to my real life students. Why?

  1. Even though it’s classed as the same Size 6 Bulky weight yarn, it’s much “fatter” than the yarn we used in our first scarf and so the gauge is really different. What’s gauge? That’s how many stitches fit into one inch of the knitted fabric. You need to know this when something needs to fit a certain way. Like a sweater or a hat. As much as people don’t like to deal with it or talk about it, Gauge Matters!
  2. Because this is roughly the same pattern as My Magic Scarf, you can make an entirely new project without having to stress out over a bunch of details. Just do what you already did in this fun new yarn. It’s the same idea, but an entirely new project!
  3. This is a great way to introduce color into your knitting. You get to visit the craft store and go find this specific yarn and pick out the colors you like the best. So you can be a little more creative knitting this scarf without having to work too hard. I don’t like for people to have to work too hard right out of the gate. I think that makes the whole thing stressful and kind of a drag. Who wants to stick with it if it’s stressful? I don’t know about you, but I like to have my knitting time release stress, not create more of it!
  4. When you realize you can make this entirely new scarf with the skills you already have, you’re going to feel accomplished and proud!  Isn’t that part of the joy of this? Wearing your projects with pride?

Here’s the free knitting pattern for this Simple Garter Stitch Scarf, named the Polychromatic Scarf. And it’s perfect for beginners!


  • Fiber:  2 Skeins Isaac Mizrahi® Craft™ Yarn from Premier® (exclusively at Michael’s) In the Lexington Line.
  • Shown here in the colorway:   Downtown

138 Yards or 280 Grams

Needles and Notions:

  • Size 15US (10mm) straight knitting needles
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

The Pattern:

CO:  12 Stitches

ROW 1: K every stitch

**repeat row one until you have about 12” of yarn remaining on your first skein.

Join the second skein of yarn and continue working in pattern.

When you have about 24” of yarn remaining on the second skein, BO the scarf.

Weave in the ends.

Whoa Dude. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

If you have declared a goal to learn how to knit this year, then this pattern is a  great one to get your there. You are not going to get overwhelmed, and you will wind up with a stylish project that will stay fashionable year after year. I’ve been knitting these super chunky scarves (and cowls) for years, and they only seem to be increasing in popularity.

If you are still not exactly sure where to start, no worries! Here is a post on how to get started knitting and includes video as well as written instructions! Start there and go through the series.

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Happy knitting!

Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.