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Free Knitting Pattern: Blooming Colors Scarflet

An avid knitter for over 10 years, Donna enjoys sharing her free patterns and knitting experience with other fiber fans and yarn lovers.

Blooming Colors Scarflet

Blooming Colors Scarflet

Knit a Short Scarf in Seasonal Colors

This cozy knitted scarflet is designed to be warm enough for winter, yet it still displays the changing colors of fall or the fresh colors of spring. It's just what you need if you don’t want to let go of the last warm days of autumn or if you are longingly looking forward to the bright days of spring!

What Is a Scarflet?

A scarflet is a shorter neckwarmer, usually tied or crossed in front. If you’d like to make a longer scarf instead, make the following modifications.

How to Adapt This Pattern to Make a Scarf

  1. Follow the directions below.
  2. Repeat the zig zag pattern until you reach your desired length.
  3. Finish with the Wave pattern.
  4. Repeat for Part B, but skip making the slit opening in the neckband.
These are the two sections of the scarf referred to in the pattern.

These are the two sections of the scarf referred to in the pattern.

Understanding Parts A and B

This piece is knitted in two sections (Part A and B), starting from the back of the neck and joined with a provisional cast on (a video tutorial is posted at the bottom of the pattern). Each part measures about 14 inches.

Measure First

Before starting this pattern, be sure to check the measurements against your own neck size. Measure from the back of your neck to where you want your scarflet ends to cross. Check your measurements against the pattern and make adjustments if necessary.


  • Assorted colors of worsted weight yarn (see below)
  • #7 and #8 needle

Suggested Gauge

18 sts = four inches or 4.5 sts per inch in Stst

On #7 needle

Yarn Used

For your information, I've included the yarn and the amounts I used for my scarflet:

  • Less than ½ a skein of Caron Simply Soft Heathers in Deep Plum Heather (my main color - MC)
  • Less than ½ skein of Patons Classic Wool in Cognac Heather (rust color)
  • Less than ½ skein of Red Heart Eco-Ways in Asparagus (green color)
  • Small lengths of Noro Silk Garden left over from other projects

Other Yarn Suggestions for This Project

I used yarn that I had in my stash from other projects, but I think this scarflet would look great in a self-striping yarn like Noro's Silk Garden or Lion Brand's Amazing. Try knitting the zig-zagging stripes using two balls of either the same colorway or two contrasting colorways for a really beautiful array of colors.

Begin Part A

Co 21 sts with #7 needle using the provisional cast on method. (If you don't like the provisional cast on, you can use your favorite cast on method for Part A. Then to begin Part B, pick up 21 sts from the cast on edge of Part A.)

Start Herringbone pattern.

Herringbone Pattern

Row 1 (RS): K2, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sl 1 knitwise, k2tog, psso; then k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2.

Row 2: Purl

Repeat these two rows to form pattern.

Knit in Herringbone for 8 rows (4 repeats) or until piece measures a little more than an inch. Knit 1 more repeat of Herringbone pattern to transition to next step, but on Row 1 after psso your stitch, move stitch back on to left needle and knit into the front and back (kf&b) before continuing with k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2. You have increased to 22 sts. Purl next row.

Continue piece in zig zag pattern.

Zig Zag Pattern

Row 1 (RS): *Kf&b, k3, sl1 knitwise, k2tog, psso, k3, kf&b* repeat once

Row 2: Purl

Repeat these two rows to form pattern.

Knit zig zag pattern until piece measures 11 inches. If you need or want to make your scarflet longer, knit more repeats in zig zag pattern. For color striping, I knit my scarflet for about an inch in MC, then alternated between MC and rust color for 12 repeats, or about the mid-point of the side of my neck. I then knit 12 repeats in green and MC, ending in purple color. This is about where I wanted my scarf ends to cross.

Pattern Transition

Transition to next pattern by:

Next row (RS): Knit

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: Kf&b, knit to last st, kf&B (increased to 24 sts)

Row 4: Knit

Switch to larger needle and continue in Wave pattern:

Wave Pattern

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1, yo, k3, (k2tog) twice, k3, (yo, k1) twice, k3, (k2tog) twice, k3, yo, k1.

Row 4: Knit

Repeat Wave pattern for 4 repeats. I did 1 repeat in MC, 2 repeats in rust, and 1 repeat in green. I then switched to Wave Increase pattern for 1 repeat.

Follow Wave Increase pattern:

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: (K1, yo) twice, k1, (k2tog) 3 times, k1, (yo, k1) 4 times, k1, (k2tog) 3 times, k1, (yo, k1) twice. This increases your stitches to 26.

Row 4: Knit

I changed to Brown Noro on Row 4 (WS) of Wave Increase. I then purled 1 row (RS) in brown.

Next row: I changed to coral yarn and purled 1 row (WS). To finish, I did a picot bind off in the coral color. For a great tutorial on how to do a picot bind off, see Knitting.

For my picot bind off, I cast on 2 stitches, then bound off 4 sts. If you want a smaller picot design, cast on 1 st, then bind off two sts. Weave in any ends.

Blooming Colors Scarflet

Blooming Colors Scarflet

Begin Part B

Unzip provisional cast on and start knitting the other half of the scarflet from the cast on edge of Part A (or carefully pick up 21 sts from the cast on edge of Part A).

Follow directions for Part A until piece is about 22 inches long or after about 19 repeats of zig zag pattern (just as I ended my first green stripe). For next repeat, continue in zig zag, but after first Kf&b, k3, sl1 knitwise, k2tog, psso, k3, kf&b; start a second ball of yarn for next Kf&b, k3, sl1 knitwise, k2tog, psso, k3, kf&b. This break will create a slit or opening in your scarflet between the kf&b’s. Continue your knitting with two balls of yarn for 10 repeats or until your slit is 3 inches long. Your opening should be just a little wider than the neckband of Part A.

On your next pattern repeat (this was my last purple stripe), work straight across with one ball to end opening. (When scarflet is complete and you are weaving in your ends, you can reinforce the beginning and end points of your opening.)

Finish scarflet as with Part A by working transition rows, then Wave pattern. Bind off in picot edging and weave in your ends.

© 2013 Donna Herron


Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 20, 2013:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - Thanks for your comments! Yes, I think you could change up this scarf a lot with the yarn you choose to use. Glad you like it :)

Claudia Porter on February 20, 2013:

This is a really cute scarf and different from a regular one. I bet it would also be pretty as an evening scarf, depending on the yarn used...maybe a little sparkle or something.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 13, 2013:

Hi Wonder wool - Thanks so much! I appreciate your support :)

Priyanka Estambale from United States on February 13, 2013:

Beautiful scarf and pattern! Voted up!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 13, 2013:

Hi Kidscrafts - Great to hear from you :) Thanks for your comments! Hope you have a wonderful day!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on February 13, 2013:

Lovely scarflet! I love the pattern on it and the colors! It's practical too with the special hole to pass one end into it! Great project!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 13, 2013:

Hi Gypsy48 - Thanks so much for your comment! This isn't really a beginner's project, but once you've learned how to knit and have been at it a while, you could do this pattern with no problem :) And it's fun too! Thanks!

Gypsy48 on February 13, 2013:

I really like the scarflet, I wish I knew how to knit. It just looks too complicated for me :)