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Published on October 18th, 2016 | by Merion


The Boyfriend Scarf by Anna Nikipirowicz

Fabulous Anna Nikipirowicz has the perfect Christmas gift for the menfolk in your life! 

Anna Nikipirowicz The Boyfriend Scarf on the LoveKnitting blog

During this time of the year the most common question I get asked is if I have any patterns for scarves for men. Women and occasionally men want to knit a scarf for their boyfriends/fiancées/ husbands, so here it is….. The Boyfriend Scarf! It’s a fantastic diagonal scarf, knitted using three colours and it’s completely reversible, it looks fab on both sides!

Anna used:

Cascade 220 Superwash, one ball of each:

  • Jet (1913) colour A.
  • Charcoal (900) – colour B.
  • Space Needle (0892) – colour C.

6mm (US 10/UK 4) knitting needles.

You can substitute your favourite aran/worsted yarn here too! You will need 600m (656 yards) of yarn, 200m (218 yards) of each shade.


16 sts and 26 rows to 10 cm (4 in) measured over garter stitch using 6mm (US 10/UK 4) knitting needles.

Finished size

The completed scarf measures approximately 18 cm (7 in) in width and 200 cm (79 in) in length.


  • K – Knit.
  • K1f&b – Knit one into front and back of the same stitch (an increase).
  • K2tog – Knit two stitches together (a decrease).
  • RS – Right side.
  • St(s) – Stitch(es).

With colour A and 6mm (US 10/UK 4) knitting needles cast on 40 sts.

Row 1 (RS): k1, k1f&B, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 2: k to end.

Change to colour B.

Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Change to colour C.

Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Rows 1 and 2 form the pattern.

Continue working in pattern, changing colour every two rows.

You don’t need to cut the yarn every time you switch colours, just run the colour you’re not using along the side of your scarf. Just keep picking up the different colours as you alternate, like this:

The Boyfriend Scarf by Anna Nikipirowicz on the LoveKnitting blog

You can do this neatly so that it will not show –  just pick up the yarn to be worked next from behind the two other strands like this:

The Boyfriend Scarf by Anna Nikipirowicz on the LoveKnitting blog

Continue working until the scarf riches desired length or until all three balls of yarn are used.

Cast off.

Making up

Weave in ends. Press gently with warm iron if desired, but I think this scarf looks great without any pressing and can be worn straight from your needles.

If you loved this, take a look at Anna’s wonderful patterns here!

What are you knitting the men in your life this year? Show us in the Community and inspire other knitters!



About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: August 8th, 2017.

2 Responses to The Boyfriend Scarf by Anna Nikipirowicz

  1. Claire says:

    Loved working this scarf, so easy a beginner would be thrilled with the results. have 7 granddaughters and 2 grand sons never enough easy patterns for boys that are stylish. this fit the bill.

  2. Nancy says:

    I love this scarf pattern. Thank you for showing me how to use more than one colour without having to cut them each time I change colour. I love it! Maybe I can post the finished product to you later!

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