How to Knit a Vertical Stripe Scarf

Things You'll Need

  • Yarns of your choosing, in varying colors (but make sure they're the same weight)
  • 32-inch (or longer) circular needle
  • Tapestry or large hole needle

Whether you’re a seasoned or beginning knitter, you’ve probable come across striped scarves. Maybe you’re tired of the same, repetitious method that goes into it. Break out of the horizontal world of scarves and consider working up your scarves in a different direction. This easy-to-follow pattern is modifiable and can be used with any weight yarn and made to be as long or as wide as you see fit.

Use a flexible measuring tape, stripe or ribbon and wrap it around your neck to determine the scarf's length. You may want to add an inch or so to account for the yarn curling in or how tight you may knit.

Make a swatch. You’ll need this to determine the number of stitches you’ll have to cast. A simple 4 by 4 inch square should give you want you need to determine gauge.

Use a measuring tape to determine how many stitches wide one inch is.

Once you’ve determined how many stitches you have per inch, multiply that number by the number of inches you want the scarf's length to be. This number will be how many stitches you’ll have to cast on.

It may seem like a long process, but it’s time to cast on how ever many number of stitches you determined in the previous step.

Begin knitting every stitch in your row. If you don’t like garter stitches, you can choose to knit a different stitch or even a pattern throughout the scarf.

Continue to knit in the first color until the stripe is the width you want.

Change yarns and repeat pattern in your next color.

Continue knitting, changing colors as often as you want, until the scarf is as wide as you want.

Bind off all stitches and weave in any loose ends from the yarn/skein changes.


  • If you know from previous experience that you’re gauge is about the same as that given for the yarn/needle, then this step is optional. A cable cast on method might work better for this project. Change the type of stitches you’re knitting just as you would with a scarf knitted up horizontally.


About the Author

Danielle Renee is a college graduate who loves writing, reading, photography music, random facts and all sorts of crafting. She graduated from Columbia College in 2008 with a degree in creative writing and has published fictional work in literary magazines such as "The Fictionary Supplement."