21 Lace Scarf Knitting Patterns

I love the look of lace scarves, don’t you? Something about the texture of the lace patterns is just striking. Lace knitting takes skill and patience but we know you’re up for the challenge, and a lace scarf knitting pattern is the best place to start!

Lace Scarf Knitting Patterns

21 Lace Scarf Knitting Patterns

Below, you’ll find some knitting patterns for beautiful lace scarves, perfect for cooler evenings and during the change of seasons. These openwork pieces add that elegant handmade touch to your spring and summer outfits.

Many of these projects are simple knits with bulky yarn for quick results. Other projects make use of lace weight yarn knit on larger needles for an open and airy appearance. Have fun making the different designs!


1. Glacier Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Darling Jadore

A classic rectangular structure that’s filled with flowing geometric-style lacework, this Glacier Scarf lives up to its name because it was inspired by the gradual shifting and melting of glaciers, which is depicted in the gradual rise and fall of the knit lacework pattern throughout the entirety of the scarf.

Glacier Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Darling Jadore

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2. Cascading Leaves Scarf Knitting Pattern by Blue Ridge Purl

This Cascading Leaves Scarf is a classic rectangle scarf that features an intricate twin leaf lace motif that is bordered on each side with a delicate eyelet edging. 

The twin leaf lace is a repeating 8 rows of instructions that are easy to memorize, making this a good pattern for beginners ready to move on to more intricate patterns. 

Cascading Leaves Scarf Knitting Pattern by Blue Ridge Purl

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3. Easy Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

This free knit scarf pattern features a simple all-over eyelet stitch that gives your scarf a lot of stretch for comfort. Techniques include an easily knit lace that pairs a yarn over with a knit 2-together stitch.

It’s a bold style that would look amazing in any colors you select. Measuring 72″ long, you can explore a variety of styling options to dress up your outfits.

Easy Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

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4. Skipperling Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Blue Peninsula

A scarf for all seasons, Skipperling combines lace and twisted stitches in an elegant, feminine design that works equally well with jeans and a jacket or a little black dress. It’s knit in fingering weight yarn in one piece, from end to end—no grafting required.

Skipperling Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Blue Peninsula

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5. Bulky Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by A Box Of Twine

Would you love to learn how to make a bulky lace scarf using just 4 repetitive rows? Here’s a lovely lace pattern that uses bulky yarn, so it works up more quickly than thinner yarns. You can expect to take about 5.5 hours knitting this scarf – not bad!

Bulky Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by A Box Of Twine

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6. Aspen Whispers Scarf Knitting Pattern by Desert Rose Fiber Arts

Two different yet similar lace patterns grace the top & bottom of this lovely scarf — each inspired by the gentle Aspen leaves whispering in the early morning breeze. The soft crescent shape stays where you want while allowing for styling versatility.

Aspen Whispers Scarf Knitting Pattern by Desert Rose Fiber Arts

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7. Knit Lace Scarf Pattern by Sue Lilly Creations

Are you amazed at how a few basic, simple stitches placed in the right order can create such an interesting design? Such is the case with this one. Not only interesting in the movement and texture of the pattern but also how swift the piece “travels along.”

Knit Lace Scarf Pattern by Sue Lilly Creations

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8. Cora Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Hiber Knits

This Cora Scarf combines cables and simple lace for a texture-rich treat with a neat, slip-stich edge. Includes both written instructions and a chart so you’re covered no matter your preference. 

Cora Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Hiber Knits

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9. Checkerboard Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

This Checkerboard Lace Scarf is nothing you can’t handle. Feather light and dreamy soft, it rewards the little bit of extra effort!

This pattern is really no more than a combo of yarn overs and standard issue decreases, all guided by one simple rule: every yarn-over hole makes a stitch and so requires a corresponding decrease to keep the stitch score even. Make a stitch here, take a stitch there, and watch a field of little diamond-shaped checkerboards grow!

Checkerboard Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

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10. Naname Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Emily Bolduan

With it’s simple eyelet lace broken up with sections of squishy garter stitch, this scarf is designed to be an easy entry into lace knitting. Suitable for the beginner who wants to take the next step, or the accomplished knitter who wants something quick and easy, yet still stimulating.

Keep the colors simple or go a bit wild with many, the garter section also looks great with two-row stripes!

Naname Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Emily Bolduan

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11. Affirmations Scarf Knitting Pattern by Two Of Wands

Whether it’s made as a gift or for yourself, this Affirmations Scarf provides the perfect repetitive stitch pattern for infusing a positive set of mantras or affirmations into the stitches that will bring peace and comfort to the wearer.

The chunky lace provides elegant warmth and can be draped over the shoulders or wrapped at the neck for a versatile look.

Affirmations Scarf Knitting Pattern by Two Of Wands

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12. Reversible Undulating Waves Scarf Knitting Pattern by Laura Nelkin

This reversible double-sided lace scarf features beads that graduate in color inside each wave of the lace stitch. The beads are pre-strung in a sequence so that they fall in the correct place. You can use just one color bead, if you desire, and it will still be gorgeous!

Reversible Undulating Waves Scarf Knitting Pattern by Laura Nelkin

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13. Foggy Night Scarf Knitting Pattern by Life Is Cozy

Foggy Night is a long lightweight scarf, delicate and modern. Dropped stitches create an unusual texture that looks great from both sides.

It is a pretty fast project that has just enough complexity to keep the knitting both interesting and easy to memorize. Repeats of the pattern allow to adjust it depending on the desired length and width of a finished scarf.

Foggy Night Scarf Knitting Pattern by Life Is Cozy

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14. Solstice Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Darling Jadore

Delicate wisps of stunning, airy lace dance around this crescent-shaped French-inspired accessory, making this Solstice Scarf an elegant, sophisticated, and classic design. This easy knitting pattern is suitable for advanced-beginner and works up very quickly.

Solstice Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Darling Jadore

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15. Twisty Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

Delicate and lacy, this scarf will be worn every season of the year. Designed to be knit with larger size 3 thread, so you will have a new scarf to wear (or to give) more quickly.

Twisty Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

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16. Valentines In Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Melody Hadley

Pretty in pink—this Valentine’s Day scarf is romance in lace! Knit yourself this scarf in your favorite color just in time for a winter evening out on the town. It will keep you warm as well as add a bit of fanciness. Pretty heart motifs worked in a lacy stitch are easy to learn and knit.

Valentines In Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Melody Hadley

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17. Free Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Universal Yarn

You know what is pretty much the best? Four-row lace, in which two of the rows are just purling. It’s easy to memorize, yet there are so many possible variations — and so many of them look especially impressive. You get all the credit of completing a really difficult-looking project, with none of the actual difficulty. Win!

Free Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Universal Yarn

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18. Leaf Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Girl Power Designs

This lovely scarf features an elegant petal leaf design — very elegant and looks like leaves, petals or blossoms, as you prefer.

The pattern uses two strands of lace weight held together, or substitute a sport or dk weight. Experiment with any yarn weight – try working the smallest size in a chunky weight for a dramatic, leafy scarf!

Leaf Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Girl Power Designs

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19. Feather And Fan Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Oh La Lana Designs

Feather and Fan is another stitch pattern that’s simpler than it looks with a showier result than you’d think possible. It’s also one of the rare stitches that looks great with pretty much any kind of yarn.

Variegated, solid, tonal — it can handle them all. In a lace weight yarn, this stitch creates a light, flexible fabric that can be worn throughout the year.

Feather And Fan Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Oh La Lana Designs

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20. Very Pretty Knitted Lace Scarf Pattern by Purl Soho

Knit in the round, this Very Pretty Lace Scarf is a wonderfully voluminous tube with no wrong side and the oomph to wrap buoyantly around your neck.

A no-sweat four-row repeat, the only stitches you’ll need beyond knits and purls are knit 2 together’s, slip slip knits, and yarn overs. So straightforward, you can use all that extra brain space to think about the beauty your own two hands are creating!

Very Pretty Knitted Lace Scarf Pattern by Purl Soho

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21. Diamonds And Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Ester Puente

Here’s classic scarf with modern shapes, traditional lace paired with trendy fringe. Simple knit and purl stitches create the geometric pattern that will liven up any knitting session. Great for beginner and expert knitters alike!

The fringe is added at the end in a contrasting color and trimmed to a point echoing the diamonds and angles of the main body bringing it all together.

Diamonds And Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern by Ester Puente

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Lace Scarf Knitting Patterns Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is lace knitting?

Lace knitting looks complex, with its delicate holes and patterns of shaping. But the secret is, it’s really not! Lace fabrics are created with simple increase and decrease stitches, many of which you’ll probably already know.

What’s the best yarn to use for knitting a scarf?

Acrylic yarn is an ideal yarn to use, it is easy to work with, inexpensive, and comes in a wonderful array of colors. Just be sure to choose a soft acrylic, so that it feels comfortable around your neck. Acrylic/wool blends are also a good choice, as they are easy to care for, not as costly as pure wool, and they still have that soft wool feel.

How many skeins of yarn do I need for a scarf?

For a normal length scarf you will only need one to two skeins of yarn. This depends on the yardage of the skein, the weight of the yarn and the pattern used, but most scarves do not take more than two skeins (unless you are making one of the super long scarves!).

What size needles for lace knitting?

Some lace projects require the use of fine-gauge needles, such as knitting needles smaller than US4 with fingering or lace-weight yarns or even threads. Other projects make use of standard knitting needles, typically sized US4 to US10, and yarns ranging from fingering to aran weight.

What stitch is typically used in lace knitting?

Lace designs can be created in any type of knitted fabric, including stocking stitch and garter stitch — the most common being stocking stitch. The pattern is usually worked only on the right-side (knit) rows of simple lace designs, while the wrong-side rows simply involve purling back across all your stitches.

More advanced lace designs involve working the lace on both the right and wrong sides, but it’s best to practice lace knitting first.

MODERN PATTERNS WITH A RETRO VIBE, THESE LACE SCARF KNITTING PATTERNS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE!

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