Easy mens scarf knitting pattern

Easy mens scarf knitting pattern Easy mens scarf knitting pattern

Guys, I think I might be the world’s slowest knitter. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been working on this scarf since my trip to Iceland last year – that’s over 18 months! Okay, so I obviously haven’t been working very hard on this project; just adding the odd row every now and then. But still, 18 months to knit a scarf?! Major kudos to people who can whip them up in a day or two! However, since it’s been such a long time in the making, I feel that bit more excited to finally be able to wear it. So it’s not all bad. 🙂

My striped scarf is knitted from Icelandic wool that I picked up in Reykjavik. I remember really wanting to buy a knitted jumper or scarf when I was there, but the prices were MEGA. So I took the thrifty route and decided to knit my own, from the same wool! Icelandic wool is really warm and insulating, with beautifully a muted colour (I wish I’d bought more when I had the chance!).

Anyway, with my scarf finally complete and the weather starting to get pretty chilly, it seemed like the perfect time to share the pattern so you can make your own. It’s a nice easy project, perfect for a chilled weekend in front of Netflix.

Easy mens scarf knitting pattern

Easy mens scarf knitting pattern


  • US 10 / 6mm knitting needles
  • 100g (100m) ball of yarn in one colour (referred to below as “yarn 1”)
  • 100g (100m) ball of yarn in another colour (referred to below as “yarn 2”)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Wide eye sewing needle
  • Optional: crochet hook to help add tassels

Note: the gauge of my yarn for this knitting pattern was 18 rows/11 stitches per 10cm/4″ square.

What to do

  1. Cast on 35 stitches in yarn 1.
  2. K1 for 34 rows.
  3. On the next row, feed in yarn 2 and K1 to the end. This will effectively swap the yarn colour, leaving a loose end of yarn 1. (To see a video of this process, click here). Leave this loose end for now; you will stitch it in later.
  4. K1 for a further 33 rows.
  5. On the next row, swap the colours back to yarn 1.
  6. Repeat this process of knitting 33 rows and swapping colour, until you reach your desired scarf length. For my scarf, I knitted a total of 8 blocks of colour (4 of each).
  7. Once you finish your final block of colour, cast off all stitches.
  8. You will now have the basic scarf, with loose ends of yarn at each place that the colours swap. One by one, thread these loose ends onto a wide-eyed needle and use a basic running stitch to sew them into the matching coloured section of the scarf, then tie them off.
  9. Finally, it’s time to create the tassels on the end of the scarf. (If you get a bit confused here, then this video illustrates the process really well). Start by cutting 4 pieces of yarn 1, each one measuring 8cm long. Hold them all neatly together and fold them all in half. Gently tease a small opening in the very centre of one end of the scarf, and thread the folded yarn pieces through it (use a crochet hook if it’s a bit fiddly). Feed the ends of these yarn pieces through the loop that’s created by the fold, and tighten them to hold them in place. Repeat a further 6 to 8 times, spacing each tassel out evenly, until you’ve filled the end of the scarf. Repeat this whole process for the other end of the scarf, using the other yarn colour.

Easy mens scarf knitting pattern

I really love this scarf knitting pattern – it’s pretty straightforward, but the final result looks great! The stripes add a bit of visual interest, rather than having one block colour. If you’ve never tried using multiple colours in your knitting before, then don’t be afraid to give it a go! It’s surprisingly easy, and adds a whole new dimension to the knitting projects you can achieve.

Right, I’m off to start on my next knitting project… fingers crossed I’ll have this one finished a little faster! – Mike.

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Hello, I'm Mike! I started this blog in 2013, and it's since become a part-time job for me. I've always been obsessed with crafts (my very first memories are of making things... and I've never grown out of it!). So it really is a dream come true that I can now share this joy with people like you, every single day. Thank you for being here! READ MORE


  • Anonymous
    August 9, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Hi would 100g acrylic yarn work with this? Or is it too thin

    • Mike
      September 5, 2021 at 9:25 am

      That should work, as long as you use appropriate width needles for the yarn 🙂

  • Marian Fryn
    May 7, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Mike,what do you mean ..after sewing the loose ends you tie them off do you do that ??

    • Mike
      June 11, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Marian. Pull the loose ends through to the back of the project, then tie them in a knot so they won’t unravel. You can then weave the excess yarn into the existing knitting with a large sewing needle, so they are tucked away. Hope this helps!

  • Marian Fryn
    May 7, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Mike,what do you mean ..after sewing the loose ends you tie them off do you do that ??

  • Karl
    December 25, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Really nice scarf. I’ll be starting one of those soon. I’m a guy that knits and I would certainly wear this scarf. Thanks for the instructions.

    • Mike
      December 30, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks, glad you like the pattern! Hope you enjoy making it yourself! – Mike


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