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How to knit a scarf for a man


Yarn - Red Heart Soft (color - Charcoal gray) / worsted 4 / Net Weight - 113 g / 212 yds (194 m) / 1.5 balls needed
Needles - 29 in. long circular needles US 5
Scarf Length - 85 inches
Complexity - Easy

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Men’s scarf knitting pattern
Step-by-step knitting instructions
Step 1
Cast on 22 stitches on two needles in order to make the loops bigger. That way it will be easier to knit the first row.
Remove one needle.
1st row (right side) – knit all stitches to end
2nd row (wrong side) –, purl all stitches to end
3rd row –, k to end
4th row –, p to end
1st row (right side) –, [p1, k1] to last one st; p1
2nd row –, [*, k1] to last one st; p1
*keep yarn in front of your work
Alternate 1st and 2nd rows for 12 rows.
Step 4
1st row –, k to end
2nd row –, p to end
Step 5
1st row (right side) –, [yo,**, k1] to last one st; k1
**keep yarn behind your work
2nd row –, [p1, p st and loop together] to last 1st; p1
3rd row –, [k1, yo,**] to last one st; k1
4th row –, [p st and loop together, p1] to last 1st; p1
Repeat the above till you reach the desired length of the scarf.
Step 6
Repeat steps 4, 3, and 2.
Step 7
Cast off, secure, and hide the tail of the yarn. I used all the yarn up for the scarf. However, it might not be your case and you may need to cut the yarn after casting off and then secure it.


[ ] - repeat
k – knit
p – purl – slip stitch
st – stitch
yo – yarn over


Knit a scarf for a man


Great pattern but I do have a

Great pattern but I do have a question. Im a beginner at knitting and in your videos, I noticed that you knit in two different style. Sometimes you knit in the regular way, inserting the right needle from the left of the stitch and at other times when you knit a stitch, you insert the right needle directly to the hole between the stitch. Is there a reason for this? And when do i know which one to use? I would really like to know. Thanks so much in advance!

Hi Xayah.holz,

Hi Xayah.holz,
I have a video ( where I show how I work purl in one way and knit stitches (Continental style) in two different ways. The reason for that is the look of those stitches. Both English and Continental styles have their own pros and cons. It doesn't really matter witch one to use because knit and purl stitches will look the same.
I think for beginners though, it will be easier to understand English style in my opinion. For those, who plan knitting a lot and want to reduce time to complete the project, Continental style is the best option. Happy knitting!

Hello, i tried viewing you

Hello, i tried viewing you youtube but it doesnt play after 11 minutes.
my trouble is with step 5, you have mentioned "right side" on 1st row... but it wont work out eventually. when i will be on 4th row, it will be wrong side but it will be asking me to do 1st row if repeat all those three (1st (rs - right side), 2nd (ws- wrong side), 3rd (rs), 1st (ws), 2nd (rs), 3rd (ws), 1st (rs), 2nd (ws), 3rd (rs).....)

Please help

Hi Tara_r,

Hi Tara_r,
Thank you for giving more details. In the instruction (step 5) you may read that '2nd row and all even rows –, [p1, p st and loop together]'. This means that after each 3rd row (rs) goes 4th row = 2nd row (ws). So you should work your very last row (step 5) as your 4th row, then just knit two rows. On the right side those two rows should have v-stitches. Happy knitting!

Hi thanks for the video! I'm

Hi thanks for the video! I'm a beginner knitter and the video cuts off at 11mins so I amnot able to watch you performa ll the steps - are you able to upload the second half somewhere? Thanks!

Hi m.uddxn,

Hi m.uddxn,
I uploaded all 18 minutes of the video, but for some reason it shows only 11. I will make a new video in few days. I'll let you know when it will be ready. Happy knitting!