Diamond Skinny Scarf

Scarves – it was the first item I had ever knitted. I remember my first scarf – I knitted it too wide and a little short with some loopy Patons yarn. I was in Australia then and recently, I felt like going back to the basics. Scarves can be pretty complicated depending on what pattern and how you want to knit it. I kept things pretty simple with this diamond stitch pattern I got from a stitch dictionary.

The width is determined by how many stitches you casted on; in my case, it was less than 30. I must apologize for the estimation – it has been a while since I knitted this and some of the details are hazy to say the least.

Anyway, here’s the pattern for those who are interested in knitting up some diamond skinnies!

5.5″ wide across and 50″ long with an 8″ double knotted fringe

About 180 metres (195.5 yards) of Rowan Tapestry in Rustic but you can use any type or weight of yarn. If you plan to make this wider and/or longer, allow for 200 to 350 yards of yarn.

USD8/5mm straights.

Crochet hook, extra yarn for the fringe, rust-proof pins for blocking

Gauge doesn’t really matter. If you want a frothy scarf, use light-weight wool and bigger needles. If you want a heavy, tighter scarf, do the opposite – heavy-weight wool and smaller needles.

k = knit
p = purl

Diamond Skinny Scarf

Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches plus 1

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K 4, *p 1, k 7* (repeat * to *); ending last repeat with k 4
Row 4 and 10: P 3, *k 1, p 1, k 1, p 5* (repeat * to *); ending last repeat with p 3
Row 5 and 9: K 2 *p 1, k 3* (repeat * to *); ending last repeat with k 2
Row 6 and 8: P 1, *k 1, p5, k 1, p 1* (repeat * to *)
Row 7: P 1, *k 7, p 1* (repeat * to *)

Repeat Rows 3 through 10 for pattern until you reach the desired length. Bind off and add the fringe with additional yarn using a crochet hook.

Wash and block to open up the diamond pattern and avoid the tell-tale side curling in of stockinette stitches.

Diamond Skinny Scarf


23 Responses to Diamond Skinny Scarf

  1. adele says:

    Beautiful scarf, I am a beginner and am going to attempt it…wish me luck!!

  2. Mabel says:

    Adele: Let me know how it goes, k?

  3. cara says:

    this is a beautiful scarf…i’ve done quite a bit of knitting, but only taught myself a few months ago. i’ve never done fringe before, and most fringe isn’t knotted like this. as amateurish as this may make me sound, could you give me a step by step of this fringe please? how much, how it’s knotted, etc. thanks so much

  4. Mabel says:

    Cara: Hi Cara…I’m a newbie as well when it comes to fringes, so I googled it and found a couple of sites. You can refer to this site for instructions on how to make a double knot or triple knot fringe! Mine is actually a triple knot fringe (I had no idea what it was called before!)

  5. Lina says:

    this is a rly pretty scarf && i’m tryna make it for my cousin, but i don’t get one thing. how do i add a stitch and when do i add it? then like..in some rows, it does back to stitches with a multiple of 8. so i don’t get how it does from adding one stitch to going back to multiples of 8. for example, rows 3-5. thanks =]

  6. Mabel says:

    Lina: Hi Lina, the pattern is basically a multiple of eight stitches plus one, meaning that when you cast on the stitches for a scarf, the total should minus 1 and then the remaining figure be divisible by 8. For example, 33 cast on – minus one and you end up with 32 which is divisible by 8. That’s all. :)

    If you wish to have five repeats, just multiple 8 by 5 and add 1. Hope this helps!

  7. Lina says:

    oohhh i think i get it now XDD so like..let’s take row 3 for example. well like..in the beginning, i cast on stitches with multiples of eight plus one, like 25. then wen i make row 3, i would k4 [p1,k7] k4, but like wen i repeat the [p1,k7] i do p1 then end it with k4? lol i’m sry if i’m confusing youu XDD thanks for ur help earlier anyways! =] loving this scarf more && more!

  8. melanie says:

    Very pretty!
    (Love the fringe)

  9. molly says:

    I am confused with the pattern as well. not all rows work out evenly. it is gorgeous and id really like to try it, but for instance if cast on 33 stitches, rows 1,2,6,7 can add up to 33, but rows 4 and 5 do not (32 and 30, respectively) how do i account for those stitches?

  10. Deb says:

    Hi- This is a beautiful scarf1 Although my short time in this hobby makes a lacy scarf seem a daunting project, the photo of this particular scarf has convinced me to try anyway. No one ever said life was easy :)

  11. Ilene says:

    I really wanted to try this scarf, but like Lina, it doesn’t make sense to me. If you do a multiple of 8…lets say your example of 32, plus one so you cast on 33.

    Row 1 and 2 are fine, of course, but when you get to row 3 and knit 4, P1, K7 (3 times) and knit 4, you still have one stitch left that we’re not sure what to do with? (4 + 8*3 + 4 = 32, not 33)

    Then for row 4, 3+ 8*3(repeat 3 times) +3 = 30 and there are 3 stitches left that we’re not sure what to do with…

    Can you help?

  12. Mabel says:

    Molly: All I can say is don’t count…I know that sounds really confusing and all – I counted the stitches based on the stitch pattern & chart and it didn’t make sense. When I knitted it, it just came up right. XD

  13. Mabel says:

    Ilene: All I can say is don’t count…I know that sounds really confusing and all because that’s how I felt when I started – I counted the stitches based on the stitch pattern & chart and it didn’t make sense. When I knitted it, it just came up right. XD

  14. Mir says:

    Lovely scarf! Would really like to try it. But what do you do with that extra stitch in row 3? There are only instructions for the first 32 stitches (if for example you take a multiple of 3, 3×8+1+33). Do you just drop it, or knit it?

    Thank you very much for posting this scarf.

    Mabel Reply:

    Mir: Thanks for the compliment but really, my best advice is don’t count…it sounds confusing and all but that’s how I felt when I started – I counted the stitches based on the stitch pattern & chart and it didn’t make sense. When I knitted it, it just came up right. Just follow the instructions and you’ll do just fine. XD

  15. Tish says:

    It’s beautiful but I’m worried about the edges curling even after blocking. Would it be possible to add edge this to the scarf without messing up the look?

    Row 1: knit one stitch, slip next stitch to right needle without knitting, knit one stitch. Knit rest of row to last three stitches, repeat k sl k.

    Row 2: purl

    Row 3: slip one stitch, knit one, slip one. Knit to last three stitches, repeat

    Row 4: purl

    Repeat these four rows for your edges. The slipped stitches get a little twist on the even numbered rows which helps hold the curl in check. These edge stitches still curl around, but with an interesting effect, in that the edge gets a nice row of stitches.

    This is from

  16. sandra742 says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  17. Sandy says:

    Re-wrote pattern to clarify:


    CO 25 stitches.

    Row 1: Knit
    Row 2: Purl
    Row 3: K4, [p1, k7] twice; p1, k4. (25 st)
    Row 4: P3, [k1, pl, k1, p5] twice; k1, p1, k1, p3. (25 st)
    Row 5: K2, [p1, k3] 5 times; p1, k2. (25 st)
    Row 6: P1, [k1, p5, k1, p1] three times. (25 st)
    Row 7: P1, [k7, p1] three times. (25 st)
    Row 8: P1, [k1, p5, k1, p1] three times. (25 st)
    Row 9: K2, [p1, k3] 5 times; p1, k2. (25 st)
    Row 10: P3, [k1, p1, k1, p5] twice; k1, p1, k1, p3. (25 st)

    Mabel Reply:

    Thanks dear! Maybe you can try sending it in the stitch pattern publisher. :P

  18. [...] seen 2 patterns of scarves that I really liked and decided to combine the 2 of them. One was for a skinny diamond scarf and the other one was for an endless loop scarf (I can’t remember where I saw it, sorry). I [...]

  19. siewan says:

    I have started on this scarf. so far so good though the edges are curling. i am a beginner and i am enjoying myself. By the way I am following the rewritten pattern by Sandra.thanks, Sandra

  20. Sabrina says:

    I am a knitting newbie but i tried this with a half bamboo half silk yarn and it is looking gorgeous! I am using the corrected version above…anyway to bump that up to the top?

    Mabel Reply:

    Am glad you love the pattern! I believe I have left some links to the pattern on the sidebar (under the Freebies comment) so for now, no plans yet for a bump for that to go on top. :)

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