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Updated: Aug 25, 2023

You have probably already noticed that small scarves are everywhere. I bet they are popping up on your Instagram feed all the time.

It's no wonder they are so popular right now. Small scarfs are quick knits and perfect stash busters. You can knit them between bigger projects and take them everywhere in your knitting bag.

Besides, they are a gift that will not take too long to knit and will surely please anyone who receives them. It is an accessory that goes well with everything and will make any outfit more stylish.

Scroll down for the patterns we suggest if you want to try this trend.

Sophie Scarf by Petite Knit
© PetiteKnit

With over 6000 projects on Ravelry, Petite Knit’s Sophie Scarf was definitely one of the most popular patterns of 2022.

It’s knit in garter stitch with i-cord edges, making it beginner friendly or perfect for keeping your hands occupied while watching a movie, listening to an audiobook, or talking to a friend. I knitted mine on the flights from Lisbon to Barcelona and back to attend last year's Barcelona Knits Festival.

It requires less than 140 yards (128 meters) of DK weight yarn, but you can easily adapt the pattern for finer or thicker yarn. The designer suggests cashmere for that luxurious feel around your neck.

Pave Scarf by Yuka Tomioka
© Yuka Tomioka

Another easy option is Yuka Tomioka's Pave Scarf. Its stitch motif combines knits and purls with little eyelets, giving it a sweet and delicate feel.

The pattern includes a large and a small version. It can be knit with a sport-weight yarn or two strands held together – one lace silk mohair and one light-fingering merino.

Telma Scarf by Gregoria Fibers
© Gregoria Fibers

If you are that type of knitter who gets bored with only knits and purls, check out Telma Scarf by Gregoria Fibers. It has a simple eyelet pattern to keep you entertained but not overwhelmed.

For this project, the designer suggests using one strand of silk mohair (lace weight) held together with one strand of a wool and cashmere blend (fingering weight). But don't worry – you will need less than 300 yards (275 meters) of each.

Storsand Scarf by Sari Nordlund
© Sari Nordlund

If you're an experienced knitter who loves a challenge, Sari Nordlund's Storsand Scarf is for you. It's knit in a beautiful and intricate lace stitch pattern with an eyelet detail in a contrasting color.

You'll need less than 400 yards (365 meters) of DK weight yarn – 264 yards (242 meters) in the main color and 38 yards (35 meters) in the contrast color. The yarn used for the sample is a merino and cotton blend. To turn it into a super stash buster, Sari suggests you use a different yarn color for each stripe.

You have probably noticed that most patterns call for cashmere or mohair, but if you live in a warmer place like me, you can switch them for cotton or bamboo.


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