Willow Linen Scarf

by Laura on March 20, 2013



The collective feeling around the shop lately is, “Hurry up, Spring!” New yarns in seasonal palettes have been arriving in the shop, and we are all feeling the desire to wear scarves for adornment, not out of necessity for warmth!

Cue the Willow Linen Scarf: A pretty lozenge stitch pattern in Claudia’s Hand Painted Linen. Knitting this scarf will help you keep busy while waiting for the weather to warm!


Linen is a fantastic fiber for knitting and wearing when the temperatures rise. It stays cool and dry in your hands and against your skin. Sport weight and machine washable, your fabric will be light and will soften after each wash.

Claudia’s fresh, hand painted colors really move across this simple drop stitch pattern, don’t they? Just one skein gets you nice, long scarf- perfect for wrapping with plenty of scarf left for a pretty drape.


Are solids more to your liking? Shown above left, we have classic Louet Euroflax Linen in stock as well. The sheen on this wet-spun yarn is gorgeous and it knits up at the same gauge as the Handpaints.

On the right, we swatched the Willow scarf in Rowan Creative Linen. This yarn is a cotton/linen blend and is a slightly heavier DK weight. You can knit it up on a bigger needle for a spring scarf in record time!


Here’s the pattern for our Willow Scarf. Maybe if we all knit one, spring will arrive a little faster? Fingers crossed!



6″x 76″ after blocking


Claudia Hand Painted Linen: 1 skein (shown in Scout’s Honor)
Euroflax Sport Weight Linen: 1 Skein (swatch shown in cherry)
Size 5 needles
Rowan Creative Linen: 1 Skein (swatch shown in natural)
Size 9 needles

6 sts = 1″ in Stockinette stitch in Claudia or Euroflax Linen
5.5 sts = 1″ in Stockinette stitch in Creative Linen


Cast on 26 sts

Row 1: (RS) Knit

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: K1 *k1, yo 2x, (k1, yo) 2x, k6, (k1, yo) 2x, k1, yo 2x repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 4: Knit, dropping yo’s from previous row

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Knit

Row 7: K1 *k3, (k1, yo) 2x, (k1, yo 2x) 2x, (k1, yo) 2x, k3 repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Row 8: Knit, dropping yo’s from previous row

Rep Rows 1 through 8 until 1 yard of yarn remains. BO loosely. Block as desired.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Gene J March 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Please explain in Row 4……..knit dropping yo’s from previous row……I know I’ve done two consecutive yarn overs in row 3 but do I knit one stitch or two……..?
Thanks so much……….

Honey Mann March 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I am looking at Gene J. Question. What is the answer. I think one stitch but not sure .

Laura March 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Hi Gene- In Row 4, you will be knitting the knit stitches and dropping the YO’s from the previous row. So- knit the stitches, that were knit on row 3, and slip the YO’s from your needle- do not knit the YO stitches. At the end, you should still have 26 sts.

Hope that helps!

Laura March 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hi Honey- My answer to Gene should help!

Ellisen March 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thank you for sharing the Willow Linen Scarf pattern. My daughter will like this one! Appreciate it. Lovely.

Gene J March 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thanks Laura………..

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