Last week a friend asked me if I could make a toddler scarf for her little niece, Amelia. The idea of a toddler wearing a scarf is funny to me. I can’t imagine it staying on a wriggling little 2-year-old. But that got me thinking: why not make a scarf that will stay put?
I searched Pinterest and came across the most adorable scarf pattern that uses a bow as a button. This was definitely the right idea. Create a buttonhole near the end of the scarf and secure a knit bow in the buttonhole. That should keep the scarf in place on a hippitty-hoppity hyper toddler.
I love the look of seed stitch, a.k.a. moss stitch. It keeps the knit piece from curling on the edges and it looks attractive on both sides of the fabric. And it’s a little fancier than garter stitch.
This is a simple weekend project that’s bound to keep your little lady cozy and warm.
Little lady scarf with bow
- 1 skein Lion Brand Woolspun in Fisherman
- 1 skein Lion Brand Woolspun in Charcoal
- Size 10 US needles
- darning needle
Row 1: k1, p1 across all stitches
Row 2: p1, k1 across all stitches
Essentially, you knit where there’s a purl and purl where there’s a knit on the previous row.
Note: I slip the first stitch of each row, knitwise, and purl the last stitch of every row regardless of where I am in the seed stitch pattern. This creates a neat edge. It is not required and therefore I haven’t included it in the row-by-row instructions below.
Cast on 20 stitches.
Seed stitch for 18 rows.
For the buttonhole:
Row 1: Slip 1 stitch, seed stitch for 9 stitches. With the left needle, pull one stitch over the other stitch, *knit one, pull the second stitch over the knit one; repeat from the * twice more. You have now cast off 4 stitches. Continue with the seed stitch for the rest of the row. You should have 8 stitches on either side of the cast-off stitches.
Row 2: Slip 1 stitch, seed stitch to button hole, cast on 4 stitches, continue the seed stitch for the rest of the row. – 20 stitches.
Continue the seed stitch pattern until the whole piece measures 25 inches. Cast off and weave in ends.
Bow: Cast on 10 stitches and knit in garter stitch for 10 rows. Cast off and weave in ends. Wrap grey yarn around the middle of the strip several times and tie the ends in the back of the bow.
Using the fisherman color yarn and darning needle, sew the bow to the end of the scarf opposite the button hole, the same height as the button hole (about 4 inches from the edge).
I don’t have a little lady, so my little gent got to be the model. Kind of looks like a bow tie, right?
The top can be folded down a bit like a collar to make it a little narrower and warmer.
10 thoughts on “Little lady scarf — a free knitting pattern”
How would I change this for a seven yr old??? She’d love it, but I’m afraid this might be too small?
This is a versatile pattern. You could just make it longer for an older child. I suggest looking on ravelry.com for children scarves and seeing how long other patterns make them, then apply that length to this pattern.
Best of luck,
Thanks Nat , great pattern x hope to visit your country one day !
Sooooooooo, I’m assuming we DO sew a button on at the end???? Somewhere?
The bow acts as a button so there is no need to sew on a button.
OK. Thank you for your reply. I didn’t realize the hole was big enough for the bow to fit through, or that the bow went on the bottom layer.
Brilliant and so simple. Just love it and will knit loads for charity.
What a great way to use this pattern. Thanks for sharing, Evelyn! -Natasha
Beautiful scarf thank you publishing it for People like us ,far away in the Asian country
Loving every bit of making this in red for my daughter. Thank you ! Looking forward to many shares of yours for ” Beginners like me “.