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Knitting Pattern: Zig Zag Eyelet Scarf

Garter stitch knitting and super-easy no-wrap short rows combine in the Zig Zag Eyelet scarf, a beginner-friendly knitting pattern.

The short rows and eyelets of this fun scarf create a fascinating pattern as color changes unfold beneath your needles. It’s ideally suited to show off your favorite hand-painted yarn, and knitting to the “correct” gauge is not truly important.

Young man with glasses wearing a multicolored scarf with eyelet detailing in brown, red, blue, green and yellow shades

Together with the addictive nature of the stitch pattern, that might make this scarf the perfect project!

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Young man in a field wearing a blue/red/orange Zig Zag Eyelet Scarf

The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council icon-3 Light Weight Yarn
Craft Yarn Council icon 4- medium weight yarn

The Zig Zag Eyelet Scarf can be knit using either dk-weight or worsted-weight yarn. I’ve made it in several different versions, and they all look great!

The original yarn I used a decade ago for a couple of the scarves has been discontinued, but I’ll share with you the one that is still around, and offer suggestions of good alternatives. I think the pattern looks best when knit with a long color-changing yarn, but of course a solid or gradient yarn would also work very well.

ball of multi-colored yarn in pink, blue green, purple and tan

KnitPicks Chroma Worsted
70% Superwash Wool/30% Nylon
198 yards per 100 grams

skein of multi-colored yarn in light green, peach and tan colorway

Malabrigo Silky Merino
50% Baby Merino Wool/50% Silk
150 yards per 50 gram skein

This is the yarn I used for the scarf at the top of this post.

ball of tan, red blue, orange Lion Brand Mandala yarn

Lion Brand Mandala
100% acrylic
590 yards per 150 gram cake

ball of Red Heart Unforgettable yarn in jewel tones

Red Heart Unforgettable
100% acrylic, 270 yards per 100 gram ball

Along with the yarn, you’ll need US size 7 [4.5 mm] or US size 8 [5 mm] knitting needles, depending on the weight of yarn you use.

green/brown/yellow/orange Zig Zag Eyelet Scarf hanging on a bare branch in the snow

The Pattern

cover page of Zig Zag Eyelet Scarf pattern

I’ve recently reformatted and updated the pattern. It is available as a downloadable pdf from one of the sources below. It has been both test knit and professionally tech edited.

The skills are completely beginner-friendly. You only need to know how to knit. No purling required!

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