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Step-by-Step Scalloped Scarf

By: D. Dizon from
Step-by-Step Scalloped Scarf
Step-by-Step Scalloped Scarf

From the blogger: "This scarf uses what I call the ridge and garter stitch pattern (I’m sure there’s an official name for it) of K3P1 in such a way that it looks the same from both sides. I think it's perfect for scarves. I've been thinking about trying the pattern with this step technique for a while and finally found the perfect project for it. I found out it was someone's birthday and had little warning. I'm not sure how many hours I spent on it, a few for a couple of evenings. It went pretty fast once I got the "step" part!"


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • 4 mm needles (or other size as desired)
  • One skein Lion Brand Flikka (or similar yarn)


Note: if you prefer, you can slip the first stitch of every row instead of knitting. Therefore, it would be sl1 k2 p1 and then *k3p1*. This makes for a smooth edge.

  1. Cast on 4 stitches

  2. Row 1L: K3 P1

  3. Row 2-5: K3P1

  4. Row 6: K3 P1

  5. Cast on 4 stitches (8)

  6. Row 7-11: *K3P1*

  7. Row 12: *K3P1*

  8. Cast on 4 stitches (12)

  9. Row 13-17: *K3P1*

  10. Row 18: *K3P1*

  11. Cast on 4 stitches (16)

  12. Row 19-23: *K3P1*

  13. Row 24: *K3P1*

  14. Cast on 4 stitches (20)

  15. You can keep following this pattern of adding four every six rows for a wider scarf or stop sooner for a narrower one). Repeat basic row: *K3P1* until you reach the desired length (don’t forget the step part will add length).

Instructions: Decreasing

Note: you can start the decrease so that the scarf is a parallelogram (just decrease on the opposite side of the increases) or so the scarf is a trapezoid (one short side and one long side as you can see in the photo).

  1. Row 1: cast off 4 stitches; *K3P1* (16)

  2. Repeat *K3P1* for 5 rows repeat this pattern, cast off four at the beginning of a row, and then knit five rows until no more stitches remain. The last off should be final 4 stitches.

  3. Weave in ends. Done. No backing necessary.

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The yarn for this pattern is Lion Brand Flikka, which is a #3 light worsted weight or DK yarn, not a #4 worsted weight yarn. I'm going to do it with worsted weight but a larger needle.


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