Knitting Pattern and Tutorial
Herringbone is such a beautiful, classic stitch that is often overlooked in knitting. It can be knit up quite fast on larger needles and makes a dense, fluffy fabric that looks absolutely gorgeous. Today, I’ll show you how to make your own Herringbone Knit Scarf!
I think that the perfect item to make using this stitch is a Knit Scarf. It creates a beautiful, classic accessory that you will cherish for years. One thing that I find in a lot of Herringbone Knit patterns is that they don’t have a nice edging and the stitches tend to curl slightly. With the technique that I’ll show you in this post, you will be able to create a stitch that has a nice, smooth edge and lays flat — as you can see in the photo above!
This pattern is easily adjustable to be made using any yarn and needles, you may just need to do a bit of experimenting to get your gauge and size to work how you want. I think the best scarves are around 70″ long and have a thickness between 6-10″ with the larger width creating more of a statement scarf.
I wanted to come up with the perfect herringbone knit scarf that would work well with winter coats, fall sweaters, and would look lovely both dressed up or worn casually. Grey is a beautiful neutral and a more traditional choice with herringbone.
Choosing a Yarn for your Herringbone Knit Scarf
The yarn that I used for this scarf has since been discontinued but any worsted weight, heathered, tonal, or variegated yarn will look amazing in this stitch.
Some yarns that I would recommend are:
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn (linked HERE) — this yarn in the color Silver Heather will probably give you the closest look to the yarn I used in the photos. I love how high quality this yarn is and its so easy to find, most craft stores carry it!
- Lion Brand Chainette (linked HERE) — a great affordable and luxurious option. This yarn also has a woven style construction which makes it super easy to work.
- KnitPicks Preciosa Tonal Worsted (linked HERE) — this yarn is SUPER luxurious single ply merino wool with some very beautiful colors. It is a bit delicate so I would choose it for someone who treats their clothing gently.
- Lion Brand Re-Tweed Yarn (linked HERE) — a more affordable tweed option. This yarn is also quite durable but not quite as soft as the KnitPicks version above. I really love this yarn, it comes in amazing colors too!
- KnitPicks Provincial Tweed (linked HERE) — this yarn has beautiful little flecks of color for a traditional look. It is tightly plied so it would be a great choice for a more durable scarf.
These are some great options but any yarn will work for this scarf — I would just aim for a worsted weight! I added fringe to my scarf which I definitely recommend because it helps the herringbone hang flat and avoid curling. You can use the same yarn as the scarf, or an accent color.
Herringbone Stitch Tutorial:
To learn how to make this stitch, follow the photo tutorial below. A printable version is also available to download for free at the end of this document. This tutorial is important — it shows you how to get that perfect selvedge!
Herringbone Knit Scarf Pattern
350-400 yards worsted weight yarn of your choice
Crochet hook (optional, for fringe)
Accent yarn for fringe (optional)
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
About 12 stitches = 2” in herringbone stitch
For this project, the pattern will be mostly be worked straight in herringbone stitch with a selvedge edge. For help with herringbone stitch, view tutorial above.
Cast on 35 stitches using long tail cast on.
Note: If you do not plan on adding fringe, skip rows 1-2 and begin working herringbone stitch, starting with a right-side row.
Row 1: Knit.
Work in Herringbone Knit stitch as shown above until scarf measures 70″ or to desired length. Finish with a wrong-side row.
If you are planning to add fringe, knit one more row.
Weave in all ends to finish. Block by soaking in warm water and lay flat to dry. Add fringe between every other stitch if desired. Enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and hopefully learned something new!
With Love, Kaitlin