Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf


Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf

Nothing quite says sophistication like pinstripes. This Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf takes the high-class pattern and gives it a twist, turning the stripes on a diagonal. This easy knit scarf pattern will teach you how to knit a scarf that plays with strong contrast, the deep, stoic black creating a lovely interruption of the gentle ivory main coloring. Wearable on a night out on the town or to an important business meeting, you'll have a chic city-girl scarf you can rock on any occasion that matches any outfit.


Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Main Color (MC): Purl Soho's Line Weight, 100% merino wool, in the color Heirloom White - 3 skeins
  • Stripe Color: Purl Soho's Line Weight, 100% merino wool, in the color Dark Loam - 1 st
  • A US size #3, 24-inch circular needles, or size required to achieve gauge (NOTE: You may use a circular needle in order to have enough length to accommodate all 120 stitches; this project is not knit in the round).


Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf YarnMeasurements:

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 11-inches wide x 74-inches long


Gauge: 7 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch



Note: Do all slip stitches knitwise with the yarn in back.


Increase Section
Note: There are no stripes in the increase or decrease sections of the scarf.

With Main Color, cast on 3 stitches.

Set-up Row: Slip 1, knit into front and back ( kfb), k1. (4 stitches)

Increase Row: Slip 1, knit to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1. (1 stitch increased)

Repeat Increase Row until there are 120 stitches.


Main Stitch Pattern

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1, k2tog, knit to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1.

Note: If you want, place a removable stitch marker (or safety pin or scrap of yarn) on the right side of the work to help you keep track of where you are in the pattern.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, knit to end of row.


Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf 2Stripe Pattern

At the end of a wrong side row, cut Main Color yarn.

Stripe Row 1 (right side): Switching to Stripe Color, slip 1, k2tog, pick up tail end of Stripe Color and k9 using both working yarn and tail, drop tail, knit to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1.

Cut the Stripe Color yarn.

Note: When working each of the next 2 rows be sure to knit the nine double stranded stitches as only one stitch each.

Stripe Row 2 (wrong side): Switching to Main Color, slip 1, k1, pick up tail end of Main Color and k9 using both working yarn and tail, drop tail, knit to end of row.

Stripe Row 3: Slip 1, k2tog, pick up tail end of Main Color from 2 rows below and k9 using both working yarn and tail, drop tail, knit to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1.

Stripe Row 4: Slip 1, knit to end.

Trim tail ends that have been knit in. Carefully weave in tail of Stripe Color from the end of Stripe Row 1 through the stripe stitches. For the most invisible results use Duplicate Stitch for garter stitch. Trim tail end.
Continue with Rows 1 and 2 of the Main Stitch Pattern, working the Main Stitch Pattern and Stripe Row as desired, until work measures approximately 74 inches from the cast on to the top left corner (with right side facing you).


Decrease Section

Decrease Row: Slip 1, k2tog, knit to end of row. (1 stitch decreased)

Repeat Decrease Row until 2 stitches remain.



Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

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Beautiful classic scarf. It will take some time because of the size 3 needles, but you really need the fine wool and small needles to get the fabric right. It's worth the time, as this scarf is a classic.

I love wearing scarves knit on the diagonal because they drape so well as well as being interesting especially with the pretty striped pattern found in this example. This super simple little scarf is not much different than knitting a dishcloth. The designer knits the two colors of yarn together for a few stitches to make the switch in colors but I think the Russian join might be a good option for this scarf. I found several videos for the Russian join on youtube if anyone is interested. I never have to weave in loose ends anymore.


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