Knitted Slipped Stitches Scarf

Experience the enchantment of the "Whispering Waves" Scarf, a mesmerizing creation that showcases the artistry of slipped stitches. Delicately knitted with precision and care, this scarf is a true testament to the beauty of handcrafted accessories. The intricate patterns formed by the slipped stitches resemble gentle waves, gracefully cascading along the length of the scarf. Crafted from the finest quality yarn, the "Whispering Waves" Scarf offers unparalleled softness and warmth. The knitted fabric is luxuriously smooth against the skin, making it a delight to wear during chilly winter days or cool summer evenings. The scarf's generous length allows for versatile styling options, whether you prefer to drape it elegantly around your neck or wrap it snugly for extra coziness. 

The Slipped Stitches Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

Use this scarf to practice slipping stitches to add texture to your knitting. You will also slip the first stitch of every row to smooth the edges.

In this pattern, you will need two needle sizes. The smaller needle will be used to cast on the first row of stitches. Then, you will knit the second row with a larger needle held in your right hand. Once you have knit all the stitches off the smaller needle, set the small needles aside. Make the remainder of the scarf with the larger (US No. 8 / 5 mm) needles.

After you have switched to the larger needles, remember not to knit too tightly or you will have difficulty working the next row. Because of all the slipped stitches in this design, the fabric of this scarf is more tightly woven and slightly thicker than a scarf made in Garter Stitch.



About This Free Slipped Stitches Scarf Knitting Pattern

This is an easy-level scarf pattern, but it does require following a pattern that includes slipped stitches. You will need to know how to make a long-tail cast on, knit, slip stitches purlwise, slip stitches knitwise, and bind off in pattern.

Yarn Suggestions: Use a soft yarn fiber for this project, such as acrylic, wool, silk, alpaca, or a soft fiber blend. This scarf is particularly attractive in variegated (multicolored) yarn.


Knitting Needles:
Long Circular Needles
36-inch (91 cm) long US No. 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle (or three sizes smaller than needles used to obtain gauge)
36-inch (91 cm) long US No. 8 (5.0 mm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Or Straight Needles
9-inch (23 cm) long US 5 (3.75 mm) straight needles (or three sizes smaller than needles used to obtain gauge)

9-inch (23 cm) long US No. 8 (5.0 mm) straight needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Two 315-yard (6 ounce) skeins of worsted weight yarn, in your choice of color. *
– one standard scarf uses about 420 yards (8 oz.)


A measuring tape and a darning needle.


18 stitches x 24 rows = 4 x 4 inches in stockinette stitch on No. 8 (5.0 mm) needles. 


k = knit

sl1pwyif = slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in front

sl1kwyib = slip one stitch knitwise with yarn in back

sl1kwyif = slip one stitch knitwise with yarn in front

** = repeat the pattern between the asterisks

Instructions: Slipped Stitches Scarf

(7 inches x 5 feet or desired length)

Use the long-tail cast on method. Knit flat, turning after each row.

[Using No. 5 needles] Row 1: Cast on 42 stitches. Turn.

[Switch to No. 8 needles] Row 2: sl1pwyif, *k 1, sl1kwyif* x 20, k 1. (42 stitches) Turn.

Row 3: sl1pwyif, *k 1, sl1kwyib* x 20, k 1. (42 stitches) Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until scarf measures 5 feet or your desired length.

Bind off loosely in pattern of Row 2. Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail, and pull through. Weave in ends. Block if desired.

Thank you.

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