East Bay Scarf

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At the end of January, I shared the first of three free scarf patterns that I’m going to release this winter (the Shipyard Scarf). These three scarfs use simple stitch patterns to create warm winter scarves. All three are sized for adults and intended to be gender neutral.

I’m excited to share the second of these free scarf patterns, the East Bay Scarf. This is a beginner friendly scarf knit in super bulky yarn. The super bulky yarn combined with the 1×1 (k1, p1) rib pattern knits up to a really thick, warm scarf. This is also a quick knit. On size 13 (9.0 mm) knitting needles, super bulky yarn knits up really quickly.

I used Lion Brand’s new yarn Re-Spun Thick & Quick (if you’re interested, I did a review on this yarn on YouTube) . If you’re looking for a more widely available yarn option, Wool Ease Thick & Quick is also a great option.

There are two ways to get this free pattern! The first is to keep reading. The complete pattern is included in this blog post. The second way to get a copy of the pattern is to click the button below to download a pdf of the pattern:

Pattern Details

  • Skill level: Advanced Beginner
  • Skills needed: knitting, purling, and slipping stitches. 
  • Size: One Size –  8” wide x 84” long
  • Gauge: 15 sts and 14 rows in 1×1 rib stitch pattern 


  • US 13 (9.0 mm)  straight needles
  • 230 yards of super bulky yarn in color A (main color)
  • 200 yards of super bulky yarn in color B (contrasting color)
  • Stitch Marker (Optional)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors


  • BO: Bind off
  • CO: Cast on
  • Color A: Main color used to cast on, bind off and knit first and last stripes.
  • Color B: Contrasting color used to knit alternating stripes.
  • k: knit
  • sl1: slip one stitch 
  • wyib: with yarn in back
  • wyif: with yarn in front


With color A, CO 31 sts. Optional: place stitch marker after working 4 or 5 stitches of first row to mark right side.

  • Row 1: sl1 wyib, *p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row. 
  • Row 2: sl1 wyif, *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat rows 1-2 ten times (22 rows total complete).

Begin striping pattern:

  • Switch to color B and knit rows 1-2 seven times (14 rows complete). 
  • Switch to color A and knit rows 1-2 seven times (14 rows complete).
  • Repeat the striping pattern six times (seven 2-color stripes complete).
  • Complete one more 14 stripe repeat of color B.

Switch to color A and knit rows 1 – 2 ten times then knit row 1 once more. (21 rows complete).  

BO all stitches loosely. Weave in loose ends and trim. Wet block. Enjoy!

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~Happy Knitting!

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