Manly Scarf # 1: Free scarf pattern

As promised: Manly Scarf #1
This is actually #32 on my list, but it yelled “pick me, pick me” so I did! Am I a push-over or what?

Stitch: Polperro Northcott
Source: The Harmony Guides 440 more Knitting Stitches Volume 3 (1998)


k: knit
p: purl

The Stitch Pattern
Multiples of 4 stitches plus 2
Row 1 {RS}: knit
Row 2: knit
Row 3: knit
Row 4: k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end of row
Row 5: knit
Row 6 – 25: repeat Rows 4 and 5
Row 26: knit
Row 27: knit
Row 28: purl

Repeat these 28 rows as required.

Here’s a close-up picture of the pattern stitch.

To make a scarf:


200 yards / 180m of worsted-weight yarn
6mm [US 10] needles

7″ [18cm] wide

For a comfortable fit, the scarf should be a minimum of about 48″ [1.2m] long; that size requires approximately 200 yards [180m] of yarn.


Cast on 30 sts.

Work in pattern stitch (above) until scarf is desired length, having completed a Row 28.

Note: Each pattern repeat measures about 4.5″ [11.5cm] vertically, so a total of 11 repeats will be needed for the minimum 48″ [1.2m] length.

Cast off after the last repeat is worked and weave in the ends.

A longer scarf would work well too, but would, of course, require more yarn.
You could add a fringe, but I’d ask first 😉

You could also knit each repeat in a different colour!

As you see, the brain just doesn’t stop!!!

If you make a scarf out of this, send me a picture — I’ll gladly post it for all to see.



  1. I saw your pattern on Ravelry and followed your links to your blog. I’m going to use this pattern (but probably without the breaks) to make a scarf for my husband’s buddy. I’m using a variegated wool yarn. Since there’s so much variation in the yarn, I wanted a pattern that’s fairly simple.
    I’ll send you a photo when I finish it.

  2. Turned this pattern into a tube scarf for my boyfriend. Worked out great, the pattern had just enough rigidity to stand up along the neck, and enough stretch to get over his head. Success!
    Altered it a tad, making the knit stitch column 1 stitch wide, instead of 2. Made the pattern a bit more masculine with less of an obvious pattern.
    Thanks for posting this!

  3. I am knitting this as a present for a friend’s birthday in September but the sides are curling up. Help! Will blocking the scarf made of wool acrylic blend help? Beginner here.

    • Hi there! So much depends on the yarn you are using – the percentage of wool to acrylic and the type of twist put on the yarn in spinning. The only way to know for sure for your yarn is to try it out — you can leave the scarf on the needles to do a preliminary block (if you are using wooden needles make sure they don’t get wet or put the stitches on some waste yarn to be safe). Then soak your work in hot water for about 10-15 minutes to make sure it’s thoroughly soaked through, gently squeeze out as much moisture as you can, roll the work in a towel and press down on the roll to squeeze out as much moisture as you can (this will help it dry faster). Then, give the work a good pull horizontally and vertically to seat the stitches and even out the stitches. Then lay the work flat on a flat surface (I like using those interlocking foam boards), shaping it to the final dimensions. You can pin the edges down to make sure they stay flat while drying. Let your work dry thoroughly. Then unpin it and see if you like the finished result. Best of luck!

  4. I followed your instructions to the letter and the scarf turned out great. Wet blocking helped flatten the scarf! Thank you so much!

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