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Free Knit Pattern: The Winter Trails Knit Scarf

Winter is coming, guys! I don’t like to think much about it either, as I pretty much only like the cozy, indoor parts of winter. Still, I will always love that first snowfall. There’s just something so beautifully serene about taking a walk through the woods during a flurry, hearing that silence, and watching the whole world get a frosty coat. We haven’t got our first snow yet where I am, but I’ll be ready for that peaceful walk with the Winter Trails Knit Scarf.

This is an amazingly simple project. Nothing but knits and purls the whole way, in addition to some fun fringe to complete this knit scarf. I love the structure of the stitches: like tracks through the snow. Using Caron Simply Soft Tweed yarn, you’ve even got a color scheme like freshly fallen snow with bits of earth still peeking through.

The Winter Trails Knit Scarf is made holding two strands of yarn throughout, so the result is a thick, squishy fabric that ought to keep you toasty warm. I had so much fun knitting this scarf, and I hope you’ll all get safely through the winter doing the same!

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  • Caron Simply Soft Yarn – I used Simply Soft Tweed, Off-White
    • Quick note: you’ll only need 3 balls for a 60″ scarf, but because we’re holding 2 strands throughout, you might want to get 4 balls so you can keep knitting from 2 balls at a time. I used strands from both ends of my third ball, and it was so, so easy to get tangled doing this!


Additional Supplies:

Winter Trails Knit Scarf Materials


  • 13sts and 20 rows in 4″x”4 (blocked)

Finished Dimensions:

  • 7.5″ x 68″ (including fringe)



Winter Trails Knit Scarf Details


  • Just something to keep in mind, but if you end up using Caron Simply Soft, this turns out to be an amazingly stretchy, soft scarf. Don’t be alarmed if you’re knitting and it comes out feeling starchy or too thick. I’ve put mine through the wash and dryer, and it came out incredibly soft and the perfect (in my opinion) thickness.


(Holding 2 strands throughout) Cast on 29

Row 1: (RS) Knit across.

Row 2: Purl across.

Row 3: *P2, k1; rep from * across.

Row 4: K2, *p1, k2; rep from * across.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures between 55-60″ (about 300 rows total). Weave in ends.


For the fringe, you’ll need a crochet hook and either a tassel maker or a strip of cardboard about 5″ long (I set my tassel maker to 4.75″). I have 28 tassels total, 14 on each scarf end, evenly spaced in every other loop.

To make a tassel: wind the yarn around cardboard or template 5 times starting from the bottom up. Cut the working yard at the bottom. Remove from template and cut the yarn at the bottom, so that you have 5 strands total, folded in half.

Insert your crochet hook through the back of the fabric, catch the folded yarn, pull it through to the back. Catch the yarn in your hook again and pull through the loop.

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