Simply Knit – One Stitch Lace Scarf

This pattern was inspired by a really interesting stitch I saw on the internet. I modified it slightly and thought it would look fantastic in a simple scarf!


There is only one stitch – knit – making it my new favorite lazy lace pattern 🙂 An excellent beginner project.

-roughly 250 yards dk/light worsted weight yarn (or desired yarn)
-5 mm needles (or suitable needles for your yarn – I used a larger needle than my label called for to get the fabric to drape the way I wanted it to)

k = knit, yo = yarn over

Cast on 34 sts.

Rows 1-8 – knit
Row 9 – knit 10, (yo, k, yo twice, k, yo three times, k, yo twice, k, yo, k6)repeat, end knit 4
Row 10 – knit all stitches, dropping yo’s
Row 11,12 – knit
Row 13 – knit 5, (yo, k, yo twice, k, yo three times, k, yo twice, k, yo, k6)repeat, ending k5 instead of k6
Row 14 – knit, dropping yo’s
Row 15,16 – knit

Repeat Rows 9-16 desired number of times.
End with row 9 or 13 and finish by knitting 8 rows and casting off.


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Have a fantastic day!



27 thoughts on “Simply Knit – One Stitch Lace Scarf

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  2. I love your pattern and would like to feature it at our next guild meeting. I would post a picture with a brief description and your blogsite for people to come and download (or with your permission, reformat the pattern and post on our website for our members to download. Please email me about this. Our next meeting is Sept. 8th, so I need a reply as soon as possible. Thanks.

  3. Tandy,

    You may definitely offer the pattern to your guild members. I feel like I’d rather that people were directed to my blog to download it than have it reformatted on your site BUT I’d also be happy to have you download your own copy and perhaps photocopy that to offer to your members so long as my blog is referenced and I’m given credit for the pattern.

    I will email you as well 🙂


    • Michelle, thanks 🙂

      I’m not sure! LOL, it’s been so long since I did this pattern. There does seem to be something off with that count. I’ll try to figure otu what happens in this row and get back to you asap!

      Thanks for your patience 🙂

    • I think I’ve got it! (Needed coffee first, lol)

      Row 13;

      k5,(yo,k1,yo twice,k1,yo 3 times,k1,yo twice,k1,yo,k6) twice (so far using 5+10+10=25 sts – counting only the knits as stitches since we’ll be dropping the yo’s later),(yo,k1,yo twice,k1,yo 3 times,k1,yo twice,k1,yo) (4sts so total of 29 sts so far),k5 (total of 34 sts worked, not including yarn overs)

      So basically you’re repeating the pattern three times within the row.

      I’d love to see your finished scarf when you’re done!


  4. I used a modified version of this to make a great cowl for my niece. thank you. Now I have a questions – I have seen something similar with the lace pattern going the other way – up and down instead of across if that makes any sense. Have you ever seen this?

    • I don’t know if I’ve seen it or not, sorry! If you wanted to design something with the pattern going sideways though – it would be fairly simple to do. You could work out how many sts you want, based on the st count of the design, to create the width you are looking for. The piece would be worked ‘side to side’ (in the case of a scarf) rather than ‘bottom to top’.

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  6. Hi – I’m a beginner knitter and would like to make this, however I would like for it to be more narrow. Can you please tell me if it can be modified? Thank you so much!

    • Hi 🙂 I’m off to work this morning but can take some time later on today to get an answer to you! Have a great day 🙂

  7. Sorry for the long(ish) wait Angelia! To make this pattern more narrow, cast on 24 sts instead of 34. Follow instructions as written and you will simply have fewer repeats. Please reach out if you have any further questions and I hope you enjoy the pattern 🙂 Have a great day!

  8. I want to try this with Madelinetosh DK merino. It will be my first attempt at lace! I’m familiar with yo’s, but what does ‘dropping’ yo’s mean?

    • To ‘drop’ a yarn over, simply drop the stitch. I know it sounds odd but this allows the knit stiches to have different heights or different loop sizes, creating the lace patterning.

  9. Looks like a perfect pattern to learn about YOs as I have never knitted a lace pattern. Could you tell me how I would change the pattern to make it a shawl, approximately 20-24″ wide. I have enough yarn and want to use it up.

    • I’m just on my way out the door for work but will figure this out for you and hopefully have a reply by tonight for you 🙂

  10. Hi Mary 🙂

    Ok, so my best memory of this scarf tells me it was about 6/8 inches wide so I’ve figured out this pattern with triple the patterned area width.

    Cast on 84 sts. If, a few rows in, you find this too narrow or too wide, you may remove or add sts in multiples of 10.

    Now, the pattern will work exactly the same but you will work the repeats more times in rows 9 and 13. For example, with 84 sts, row 9 has the repeat worked 7 times, row 13 works the repeat 8 times.

    Also, keep in mind that you can adjust the stitch count to use different weights of yarn and needles.


  11. Lisa, Great information. This will work for me! Thank you for taking time to think about this and respond! I will start soon!

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