This Beginner Knit Scarf Only Looks Fancy!


This scarf may look complicated, but if you can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, you've got it. Promise! The woven fringe is worked in after you're done knitting: no special tools required.

Faux Woven Scarf

What you need:


9 sts and 18 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

Finished size

70 inches long (not including fringe) and 8 inches wide


  • K - knit
  • P - purl
  • MC - main color
  • CC - contrast color
  • Sts - stitches
  • RS - right side
  • WS - wrong side


CO 20 sts. I used the long-tail method, but do whatever works for you.

Row 1 (WS): K5, p3, k4, p3, k5.
Row 2 (RS): Knit.

Pro tip: Place stitch markers between your knit and purl sections if you're having trouble keeping track of what stitches to do when.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your scarf measures 13 inches. Work an extra row if you need to so that your next row will be a right-side row. (The right side of your scarf will have columns of smooth Vs between your columns of garter stitch). Cut CC.

Next row (RS): With MC, knit.
Continue knitting with MC until scarf measures 44 inches from color change. Work an extra row if you need to so that your next row is a RS row. Cut MC.

Next row (RS): With CC, knit.
Next row (WS): K5, p3, k4, p3, k5.

Repeat these 2 rows until your scarf measures 13 inches. If you want to get super specific, count the number of rows in your first CC section, and make sure you have the same number for this section, too.

Bind off and weave in your ends.

Woven fringe

You'll need 12 strands of MC yarn for the weaving, 6 for each end. Cut each strand about 30 inches long.

Place your scarf right side up and locate the 5 garter stitch bumps.

Thread the first strand onto your tapestry needle, and bring the needle in under bump 2 and out over bump 3 (skip bump 1, that's just your edge stitch). Adjust the strand so the ends are even.

Thread the first tail through every other garter bump, going down in a straight line.

With the other end of the strand, work down in a straight line, threading through the bumps you skipped previously to give a staggered appearance. Repeat with your second strand. You'll do the same thing with all the other garter sections, using two strands and weaving both ends through the garter ridges.

Tie each cluster of loose ends in a knot and trim each resulting tassel to the length you like!

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