Bandanna Scarf: Free Pattern

We are definitely near the end of scarf season here in Northern California, but I just had to squeeze in one last neck-warming project. This spring, I’ve been super in to wearing  bandannas as little neck scarfs. I love how you can just throw one on with a t-shirt and BAM! Chic AF! One day I was browsing at a local clothing boutique and spotted the cutest bandanna scarf with a pom-pom trim. Unfortunately, it was bit out of my price range but it served as immediate knit-spiration.



I found this pom-pom trim at a ribbon boutique in San Francisco called The Ribbonerie. Yes, it’s a whole store dedicated just to ribbons! HEAVEN! I knew it would be the perfect accent to a knitted bandanna scarf.


How delicious is this multi-colored yarn? It is Malabrigo Rios in “Peachy”. The pastel peaches and pinks are giving me major mid-century modern Palm Springs vibes and are  making my millennial heart SING! I created a striping effect by pairing it with a simple white cotton yarn to match the pom-pom trim. To create some texture, I used both garter and stockinette stitches.


The completed scarf actually requires both knit and crochet skills. You will primarily be switching between stockinette and garter stitches, but the border is single crochet. This post provides you with the combination knit/crochet pattern and a quick tutorial for sewing on the pom-pom trim. Let’s get started, shall we!


  • Worsted weight yarn – a solid color and a multi-color. I used:
  • Size 8 (5.0mm) circular knitting needles – we will not be knitting in the round, but there needs to be enough needle to be able to cast on 80 stitches
  • Size G (4.0mm) crochet hook
  • Pom-pom trim (enough to line 2-4 sides of your scarf)
  • Tapestry needle


  • CO – cast on
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • St – stitch(es)
  • SC – single crochet


Body of scarf

Starting with the multi-colored yarn, CO 80

Row 1: Slip 1 st knit-wise. K across.

Row 2: Slip 1 st purl-wise. P across.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1

Row 4: Repeat Row 2

Row 5: Repeat Row 1

Row 6: Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 1

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9: CO solid color. Slip 1 stitch knit-wise. K across.

Row 10: Slip 1 st knit-wise. K across.

Row 11: Repeat row 10

Row 12: Repeat row 10

Row 13: Repeat row 10

Row 14: Repeat row 10

Switch back to multi-colored yarn. Repeat rows 1-14, 7 times. NOTE: when switching between solid and multi-colored yarns, do not cut yarn. Simply carry it up the side. The border will cover up the rough edges and you won’t have to weave in as many ends. Yay!


Last multi-colored stripe: Repeat rows 1-7. Cast off purl-wise. Cut yarn and weave in ends.



Using solid color yarn, CO at top right hand corner of the scarf. 1 SC in each st along the top. Continue with 1 SC in each stitch around the entire border.


Row 2 of border: Ch 1 in first border stitch. 1 SC in each border stitch.

Cast off. Weave in ends. At this point, I’d also recommend blocking the scarf to get rid of some of that curl that the stockinette stitch is famous for.

Adding the Pom-Pom Trim

Flip scarf to “wrong side”. Line pom-pom trim along the border of the scarf.


Using a tapestry needle, begin sewing the pom-pom trim to the border.

Continue sewing until there is pom-pom trim on two consecutive sides of the scarf. Note: you can add trim to all four sides, but I only ended up doing two sides because I didn’t buy enough trim (oops). Tie off. Weave in ends.


To wear: Fold scarf in half diagonally. Tie it around your neck with pom-pom trim side on top. Strut your stuff!


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I am new to writing patterns and always appreciate feedback. Leave me a comment down below with your thoughts!

You may use this pattern for personal projects. You may also sell items made using this pattern, but please do not use my photos. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell this pattern as your own. Thank you!

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