Pom pom scarf tutorial

I have a free knitting pattern for you! A warm and snuggly pom pom scarf. These scarves have been making an appearance in the shops lately but I made my own because none of them were quite right – I’m picky when it comes to wooly items! My pattern is knitted almost entirely in garter stitch making it a great project for beginner knitters.

* Please do not post this pattern elsewhere without my permission, thank you! *

Cream pompom scarf

This scarf is made from pure wool but if you want something cooler to wear during the Spring, a cotton or acrylic yarn would work equally as well.

Knitted pompom scarf on shoulder

Multicoloured pompom

To make your own knitted pom pom scarf you will need:

  • A pair of 8mm knitting needles
  • Approx 220m of chunky wool (I used 2 balls of British Sheep Breeds Chunky Undyed)
  • Wool needle
  • A few extra metres of wool for making pom poms
  • Scissors

Pom pom scarf knitting pattern

Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern:

  • k: knit
  • kfb: knit in front and back (tutorial)
  • K2tog: knit two together (tutorial)
  • (x) eg (16): number of stitches in a row

The finished dimensions depend on how many rows you want to knit but as a guide, the scarf in the photos is 15cm wide (22 stitches) and 168cm long (160 rows). I can wrap it around my neck twice – although it’s only wrapped once in these photos. Just keep trying it on as you knit and you’ll soon find the right length.

Cast on

Cast on 14 stitches.

First stitches on knitting needle

Increases/shaping for first end

These stitches gradually increase the width of the scarf, helping to reduce the amount of bunching around the pom pom.

Row 1: knit all stitches (14 stitches in total)
Row 2: k1, kfb, k10, kfb, k1 (16)
Row 3: knit all stitches
Row 4: k1, kfb, k12, kfb, k1 (18)
Row 5: knit all stitches
Row 6: k1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1 (20)
Row 7: knit all stitches
Row 8: k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1 (22)

Knit the main area of the scarf

Row 9 onwards: Knit all stitches for as many rows needed to achieve the desired length (22).

Decreases/shaping for the last 8 rows

Row 1: k1, k2tog, K14, k2tog, k1 (20)
Row 2: knit all stitches
Row 3: k1, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k1 (18)
Row 4: knit all stitches
Row 5: k1, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k1 (16)
Row 6: knit all stitches
Row 7: k1, k2tog, k8, t2tog, k1 (14)
Row 8: knit all stitches

Then bind off.

How to make a pom pom

Making the pom pom is super easy. Spread your fingers apart a little and wind the wool around your hand until you are happy with the size. Wrap a new piece of wool around the middle and tie in a tight knot.

Wool tied into ball

Cut the loops either side of the knot with a pair of scissors.

Cutting wool strands

Trim into the desired shape. The shorter you cut the strands of wool, the denser your pom pom will be.

Pompom with wool in background

To attach it to the scarf, run a wool needle through the stitches at the end of the scarf, then through the centre of the pom pom a couple of times. Tie a knot to secure.

Multicoloured pompom on scarf

And then your scarf is ready to wear!

Cream scarf with coloured pompoms

Don’t forget to send me links to photos of your handy work, I’d love to see what you’ve made. Also, if you are new to knitting and get stuck with this pattern drop me a comment and I’ll see if I can help you.

Happy knitting! x

4 Comments

  1. I would like to print this pattern. By the way illustrated is very clear but it will take several pages to print the instructions. Other patterns I have printed out are formatted for printing. I don’t see it on this.
    Thank you,
    Jean

    • Hi Jean. At the moment I don’t have a PDF version of this pattern available. This is something I want to do in the future though.

  2. Hi, I’m a total beginner, could you please advise how many stitches to cast on n increase by to make the scarf wider?
    Thank you

    • Hi Christine. You will cast on 14 stitches to begin with and create an each end of even rows — keep doing so until the scarf is the width you want. Let me know if you need any more help 🙂

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