Friday, February 6, 2009

Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern

I completed the drop stitch scarf that I was swatching for. After all the slight variations in swatches, I was concerned that I would not like the final pattern as much when it was widened to a scarf (since the length would not scale correspondingly). I am very happy with the final results.

Materials Required:
  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Yarn – Forest Green Heather– two skeins (85 g/197 yds) or other worsted weight yarn. (You will not use all of both skeins, but depending on how conservative you are while cutting fringe strands, it helps to have extra!)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Size 6 knitting needles (or size to obtain desired tension).
  • Finished size: 6" x 5.5 feet (excluding fringe)
Gauge: Not critical for this project.

CO 31 sts
Row 1 – K across
Row 2 – K across
Row 3 – *P2tog, YO repeat from * to last stitch, P1
Row 4 – K across
Row 5 – K across
Row 6 - *K1, YOx3, repeat from * to last two stitches, K1, YO*5, K1 (The YO*5 helps keep the last stitch as loose as the previous ones in the row)
Row 7 – Knit across the row, dropping the YO’s.(When you have completed this row you may need to pull on the end of your scarf a bit to make sure things are lined up properly).
Repeat rows 1-7 until scarf reaches desired length. End and bind-off after a row 5.
There is no wrong side to this scarf. You should find that the sides for rows 3 and 6 alternate, this is intentional.
Block if necessary.
Fringe: Using a crochet hook, knot 3 strands of yarn through each of the YO's on the first (or last) row. Trim fringe to desired length.

This this pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. This pattern is not to be replicated, sold or redistributed without permission from ChemKnits. © 2009 ChemKnits

Note: I became a Lion Brand Affiliate in January 2018.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


  1. What does -YO*5- mean in row 6?

    Row 6 - *K1, YO*3 repeat from * to last two stitches, K1, YO*5, K1 (The YO*5 helps keep the last stitch as loose as the previous ones in the row)


  2. So YO*3 is three yarn overs in a row.

    Since I found it difficult to make a YO as the last stitch before turning the row around, I did 5 yarn overs between the last and second to last knit stitches.

    YO*3 = Make 3 yarn overs
    YO*5 = Make 5 yarn overs

    I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. I have a question about row 6. If I *K1, YO*3 that gives me 4 stitches and then if I K1, YO the next 28 stitches it gives me 56 stitches. *K1, YO*5 K1 I will get 7 stitches giving me a total of 67 sts for this row. Is that correct is that to many sts? What am I doing wrong?

  4. In this pattern, you are not seeing the YO's as separate stitches. You never knit any of the YO's, you slip them off of the needle on the next row.

    So the number of "stitches" doesn't really change. You make the YO's so you have an elongated "drop stitch" row. So yes, you are correct in the number of stitches you would have if you counted after the row. I don't consider the YO's separate stitches because they are not meant to be an increase.

    I hope this helped you. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. im working on it right now its kinda hard

  6. Oh I'm sorry. It takes a bit to get used dropping all of the Yarn Overs. It speeds up once you get into the rhythm of it.

    Here is a list of a bunch of other dropped stitch scarves:

    I've added a dropped stitch video to my tutorials to make list. (Unfortunately it's going to take me a while to make more videos, I'm currently writing my dissertation.)

  7. Here is the advance release of my "How to Knit with Dropped Stitches" Video:

  8. On row 6 where it says* k1, YO*3 repeat from* , does that mean i YO 3 times every time i repeat that until the last 2 stitches? Thanks in advance for your help.

  9. Oh I can see how that is confusing. Yes, it means that you K1, then YO 3 times until the last two stitches. I'm going to update the pattern to be YOx3.

  10. What is the approx size of the scarf ? (I'm sure it's right in front of me, but I'm having more frequent senior moments lately!!) Beautiful scarf BTW - have never tried drop stitches before, looking forward to it.

    1. It is over 5.5 feet long (without the fringe, probably 6.5 feet long with fringe) and 6" wide.

  11. do you have a knitting magazine that has free patterns??

    I would like to make projects, such as scarves and hats for cancer patients.

    1. I do not have a knitting magazine, but I have dozens of free patterns ( including scarves (like this one) and a few hat patterns. All of my free patterns are listed online.

      Cheers, Rebecca

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful patterns! They will be used for charity knitting with my charity group. Blessings to you.

    1. Judy, You're very welcome! I love knowing that people are knitting my patterns for charity purposes!

  13. Thanks for the pattern. I just finished making this in Berroco Bamboo. It turned out really pretty.

  14. Such a cool pattern. Continue posting. Best wishes.

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