Knit Scarf Pattern – Cotton Candy Stripes

Snuggle up in billowy, cotton candy stripes! This knit scarf pattern has a fun, seed stitch texture, works up fast, and is a great choice for beginners!

Cotton Candy Stripes Scarf crochet pattern

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Make the Hat Too!

This was a custom order from an old work friend. A couple of years ago he asked me to make a hat to match a pair of mittens for his wife. Working from some old photos, I made the Cotton Candy Stripes Hat.

Cotton Candy Stripes Knit Hat Pattern

She loved it so much that he asked me to make this matching scarf as well. Make both for a cozy winter set!


Cotton Candy Stripes Scarf

4-medium
Project-Level-Basic - Craft Yarn Council Standards

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Materials

  • Yarn: Paintbox Simply Aran yarn (Worsted weight, 100% acrylic)
    • 250 yds #202 Champagne White (off-white)
    • 125 yds #250 Bubblegum Pink (pink)
    • 150 yds #249 Candyfloss Pink (lt pink)
  • Needles: Size 9 / 5.5 mm knitting needles
  • Notions:

Project Level

Basic: Knit and purl stitches, fringe.

Size

9 x 64 inches without fringe, 9 x 70 inches with 3 inches of fringe on each side.

Gauge

14.5 sts x 28.5 rows = 4 inches in seed stitch pattern. Use pattern as gauge swatch – after row 15, work should measure about 9 inches x 2 inches.

Exact gauge isn’t critical, but will affect yarn usage.

Abbreviations used

k = knit
p = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)

Instructions

The striping pattern is mirrored on either side of the middle off-white section. The stitches on every row are the same, the only thing that changes is the color you’re using.

For best results, do not carry unused colors. Cut the yarn at each color change, leaving a tail to weave in later. It’s a lot of tails, but worth it to keep the edges neat.

With pink, cast on 33 stitches. I used a seed stitch cast on, but you can use any simple cast on that you prefer.

Scarf

First side

Row 1: With pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (1 row pink)

Rows 2-10: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (9 rows lt pink)

Rows 11-31: With off-white, k1, (p1, k1) across. (21 rows off-white)

Rows 32-39: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (8 rows lt pink)

Rows 40-44: With pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (5 rows pink)

Rows 45-47: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (3 rows lt pink)

Rows 48-60: With off-white, k1, (p1, k1) across. (13 rows off-white)

Rows 61-71: With pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (11 rows pink)

Rows 72-80: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (9 rows lt pink)

Rows 81-220: Repeat rows 11-80 twice more.

Middle:

Rows 221-241: With off-white, k1, (p1, k1) across. (21 rows off-white)

Cotton candy stripes scarf spread out on a table.

Opposite side

Rows 242-250: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (9 rows lt pink)

Rows 251-261: With pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (11 rows pink)

Rows 262-274: With off-white, k1, (p1, k1) across. (13 rows off-white)

Rows 275-277: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (3 rows lt pink)

Rows 278-282: With pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (5 rows pink)

Rows 283-290: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (8 rows lt pink)

Rows 291-311: With off-white, k1, (p1, k1) across. (21 rows off-white)

Rows 312-320: With lt pink, k1, (p1, k1) across. (9 rows lt pink)

Rows 321-460: Repeat rows 11-80 twice more.

Row 461: With pink, k1, (p1, k1) across.

Bind off with pink. I bound off in pattern, but any basic bind off will work.

Finishing

Wash your scarf and lay it flat to dry, pinning it into shape as needed.

Cotton Candy Stripes Scarf laid flat on blocking boards

Weave in all ends

Fringe:

Check out this great fringe tutorial from Very Pink Knits!

Cut 51 strands of pink at least 10 inches long. The easiest way to do this is wrap the yarn 51 times around an object that’s about 5 inches wide, and then cut through all the wraps on one side.

Place the scarf right side up, and start placing the fringe (as follows) in the first stitch along one short edge.

For each fringe bundle:

  • Hold 3 strands together and fold them in half to form a loop.
  • Insert your crochet hook from back to front through the stitch where you want the fringe, grab the folded loop, and pull it through about 1/3 of the way. You should now have a loop sticking out of the bottom of the fabric, and 6 tails sticking out of the top.
  • Using your crochet hook, pull all the tails down through the loop. Pull on the tails to tighten. Try to get the ends fairly even so that none are too short when you trim them.

(Skip the next stitch and place another fringe bundle in the next stitch) across to the end. You should have 17 fringe bundles along the edge.

Cotton Candy Stripes Scarf rolled up and showing the fringe

Trim the fringe to 3 inches or desired length. The easiest way to do this is to lay the fringe out flat along a cutting surface and use a straight edge and rotary cutter to cut across it evenly.

Repeat for the other short edge of the scarf.

Cotton Candy Stripes Scarf crochet pattern

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