Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pretty in Pink Child Scarf

My daughter was sick today so it was a lazy Sunday for me. It mostly consisted of watching movies, taking care of a sick child and knitting in-between that. My knitting project was a child scarf that I decided to create on a whim . I enjoy making kid scarves because they knit up quickly due to their size. Also, they're generally more bright and cheerful which just makes them fun. Usually I gravitate towards more neutral colors but when designing for a child, anything goes. I find myself saying,

pink and red? why not

fringe? sure

pockets? they do come in handy

applique? the more the better

And so with that line of thought this scarf was born. Simple knitting pattern below.


US Size 10 1/2 knitting needles
US Size 6 knitting needles

Dark Pink, Light Pink and Red 100% cotton 4-ply yarn

Tapestry needle

Scraps of Fabric

No-sew, iron-on adhesive

Child Scarf Pattern

Using the 10 1/2 needles cast on 12 stitches with all three yarns combined.

Row 1: (k1, p1) all the way across
Row 2: (k1, p1) all the way across

trim red yarn, you will now be knitting with just the pink yarns

continue the the k1, p1 rib stitch to desired length of scarf.

For the last two rows add red yarn again and knit two more rows of k1 p1 rib stitch

Bind off.

Add fringe using all three yarns.

Weave in any loose ends.


Using size 6 needles cast on 12 stitches with red yarn only. Leave a long tail that will be used to sew the pocket onto the scarf.

Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: Pearl across
Rows (3-14) repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 15: k2tog, knit across to last two stitches, k2tog
Row 16: Purl across
Row 17: k2tog, knit across to last two stitches, k2tog
Row 18: Purl bind off

Make 2 pockets

Hand stitch both pockets onto scarf .

Adhere fabric scraps to adhesive paper. Place fabric with adhesive on pockets and iron to adhere. There should be directions with your adhesive paper on how to do this.

Hopefully these directions are clear. I'm a little rusty writing patterns and realized I've forgotten some of the jargon. If you have questions, leave them in the comments. I'll do my best to answer questions.

*This scarf was made for a 4 year old child. You might want to increase the width of the scarf by 2 or 4 stitches depending on the size of the child.


Emily Elizabeth said...

Adorable scarf! I love the appliques on the pockets. Hope your little one feels better soon!

Michelle L. said...

That is extra cute, I love everything about it! I would wear it, and I'm way over the hill.

Novi On The Go said...

This is fun and functional! I can picture this on a child (or an adult that's young at heart), no need for mittens. I hope your daughter feels better soon.

Rin@SewinLove said...

This is gorgeous. I have a plain scarf I knitted for my niece last year which required some jazzing up. Pockets and applique is just perfect! Great idea.

elephantJuice said...

I love scarves with pockets! The applique is adorable

coolkids said...

How cute! My daughter would love the colors!

Jessica said...

I like the red and the panta, it is like knitting for Chinese New Year.

kawaii crafter said...


I was thinking the same thing, something about it reminded me of Chinese New Years too.

Ayie said...

that's a very personalized scarf, lovely!

wayfarer said...

adorable! the patches really add to it too.

Rin@SewinLove said...

I did it! I finally went ahead and made a scarf for my little niece. I used apples as the motif instead:

What do you think?

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