Lantern Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

Lantern Scarf by Heather KateI’ve looked at several local stores for a bright yellow necklace that I like, but I finally ran out of time and patience.  When I put this blue outfit together for work recently, I declared it insufficient without a sunlight-yellow accessory.  Fortunately, I didn’t have one, and I wasn’t going shopping either.  I determined to find some sort of yellow in my yarn or fabric stash and make something over the weekend.  What ensued was an afternoon of browsing Pinterest and YouTube for quick-to-make knit or crochet scarves.  I didn’t find a pattern I wanted, but I did discover how to knit a drop-stitch.  So this scarf is actually an experiment in drop-stitch for me.  (You’ll soon learn, if you haven’t already, that almost all of my creative ventures are experiments.  If I do any one thing long enough to master it, I’m b.o.r.e.d.)

I call this my lantern scarf, because it looks like those Chinese paper lanterns.  It’s sort of silly-looking to me, but I like the way it hangs, because I truly hate to wear anything bulky around my neck.  This does the trick of giving me a fluffy accessory without getting on my nerves too much.

Lantern Scarf Knitting Pattern


  • One skein (more if you want it really long) Heavy-weight/Chunky Yarn
  • Size 13 Straight Needles


Cast on 10

Row 1: Purl across (wrong side)

Row 2: Knit across

Row 3: Drop stitch (2 wraps) purl-wise across (To drop-stitch, simply wrap the yarn around the needle twice, then purl.  You will actually wrap before your first stitch on this row.)

Row 4: Knit across, sliding the wraps from the drop stitch off the needle and letting them…drop. (Now not knowing what I am doing, I found the last stitch of the row to be a bit loose and funky, so I slipped the last dropped stitch onto the right needle, giving an extra stitch on the needle.  I really need to find out the “right” method for ending a drop-stitch row.)

Row 5: Purl 2 together. Purl across. (That is…purl the first two stitches together, then purl the entire rest of the row. That gets that extra little funky last dropped stitch we pulled up on to the needle back in place.)

Row 6: Knit across

Repeat rows 3-6 as many times as desired to get the desired length of the scarf.

Bind off.

Make Fringe

Cut several pieces of yarn about twice the length you want your fringe.  Then loop each piece over and draw up a slip knot at the bottom of the scarf.  Ideally you would want one for each stitch across the bottom edges (10 stitches).

Wear Your Scarf Proudly

And be sure to tell everyone you made it!!  They’ll think you’re all that.  And if they’re really impressed, tell them Heather McKelvey designed it. {WINK, WINK}

A creative lifestyle and DIY blogger, I make something in every spare moment. Sewing, knitting, baking, crafting, and anything else requiring thoughtful creativity or that will make my family happy top the list of the things I like to do.

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