Herringbone skinny scarf – free knitting pattern

Hot off my needles is this amazing herringbone skinny scarf.

Back in April I was gifted a 3-month 20g yarn subscription from Vicki Brown Designs as part of her mini skein club. When my first box arrived, the skeins were nothing short of beautiful. This left the question as to what to do with them!

It was too small a sample make garments in one colour, but a 3-month subscription wasn’t going to be enough to turn it into a blanket. This is why I settled on a scarf. It could be as long as the samples allowed, and something practical I could knit and keep for myself as my birthday gift.

What I really loved about this idea is that I had no idea what colours I would get in my boxes, so I had no idea what my scarf would look like by the end.

Photo credit: Vicki Brown Designs

With what I would going to knit decided, this left the question of what stitch to use. I wanted something that would make the scarf interesting but not too complicated that it would take away from the beautiful yarn.

Then, I came across the Herringbone stitch which is both beautiful and showcases this gorgeous yarn well.


Now I could reinvent the wheel and do my own video or picture tutorial for you but to be honest, I don’t see the point when there are already so many amazing tutorials out there. I learnt using this one from Wool and the Gang.

Now I get that this looks incredibly complicated, but I promise when you get into the rhythm of herringbone stitch is it actually really easy to do.


As with many scarf patterns, this is really simple to do when you have learnt your stitch. Afterall, there’s a reason why we all learn to make our dolls scarves when we’re children! Here’s what I did:

  • Cast on 64 stitches.
  • Row 1: work one row of herringbone stitch knit wise
  • Row 2: work one row of herringbone stitch purl wise
  • Repeat 2 row pattern for approximately 420 rows or until your work measures 2 meters ending on row 2. Cast off.

That’s it! Don’t get me wrong, those 420 rows took FOREVER! But I like having a scarf or simple blanket on the go as an easy pick up / put down project for when the mood takes me. (Usually in front of the TV in the evening with a brew by my side!)

Now you could leave your work flat and wide at this stage if you prefer, having a clearly “right” and “wrong” side. In my case though, I wanted a double thickness skinny scarf.

To do this simply join the two edges together using your preferred stitch. What I ended up with was a tubular scarf whose pattern meets.

I used 3 months’ worth of 20g sample yarns from Vicki Brown Designs to make my scarf, but you could choose whatever yarn you wish. Keep it one colour perhaps or maybe choose two contrasting colours to alternate. The colour possibilities are endless.

And that’s it! Why not give a herringbone stitch scarf a go if you have a beautiful skein of yarn that you don’t know what to do with. Or perhaps you’re looking for a gift idea for someone creative in your life? In which case I would recommend Vicki Brown Designs as I know I loved this as a birthday gift!

(I hate that I have to do this but seeing as I’ve been asked three times already, I just wanted to add a note to say that this post is not an ad. If it was, then it would have been marked as such.

These items were a birthday gift and was paid for by my long-suffering husband who never knows what to buy me. He did good on this occasion!)

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