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Knit Scarf Pattern in Pennant Pleating Stitch

My Knit Scarf Pattern in Pennant Pleating Stitch is an easy knit and purl design that is great for beginners. This scarf design is an easy eight-row repeat knitted flat on straight needles that creates a reversible texture. This wide, soft scarf design can also be worn as an elegant wrap.

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Knitted Pennant Pleating designed by Studio Knit scarf wrapped on mannequin in blue color yarn.

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Knitted Scarf Construction

This scarf is a sophisticated classic. The pleated columns with embedded triangles create unique visual interest in this beginner-friendly project.

Pennant Pleating stitch in white color yarn on knitting needle.

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Knitting chart pages for the Pennant Pleating Scarf by Studio Knit.

Scarf Size and Gauge

Scarf Size is 10 x 72 inches (25 x 183 cm)

Knitting Gauge in Pennant Pleating Pattern
4″ x 4″ = 14 stitches x 18 rows

  • Row 1: * K1, P5 *
  • Rows 2 & 8: * K4, P2 *
  • Rows 3 & 7: * K3, P3 *
  • Rows 4 & 6: * K2, P4 *
  • Row 5: * K5, P1 *
Pennant Pleating knitted scarf wrapped on mannequin in blue color yarn.


Knitting Supplies

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Knitting Needles

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Knitting Tools

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Knitting supplies of straight needles, tapestry needle, scissors, and blue 128 superwash merino wool yarn by Cascade.

Yarn – Bulky Weight #5, 450 – 500 yds / 411 – 457 m
Feel free to use any fiber and colors of your choice. 

When choosing yarn, I wanted the warmth and quality of a natural wool fiber that can be easily washed. As a result, my scarf sample was knit in Cascade 128 Superwash Merino Wool in the aqua blue color Pacific 1960, which required 4 skeins total.

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Yarn Weight Substitution

If you prefer to knit with worsted weight #4 yarn, you may follow this pattern by knitting double-stranded to achieve the same bulky gauge.

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Knitting Techniques

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Pennant Pleating knitted scarf with fringe wrapped in blue color yarn.

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Scarf Knitting Instructions

Step 1: Cast On

Cast On 38 Stitches onto your straight knitting needles.

Casting on stitches onto a straight knitting needle with blue yarn to make a scarf.

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Step 2: Scarf Body in Pennant Pleating Stitch

Slip Stitch Chain Edge: The side edges are nice and smooth with a Slip Stitch Chain. Since we are knitting flat on straight needles, we begin each row with a slipped stitch purlwise with the yarn in back, knit the Pennant Pleating Stitch, then finish with one purl stitch.

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Sl1, * K1, P5 *, P1
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): Sl1, * K4, P2 *, P1
  3. Row 3: Sl1, * K3, P3 *, P1
  4. Row 4: Sl1, * K2, P4 *, P1
  5. Row 5: Sl1, * K5, P1 *, P1
  6. Row 6: Sl1, * K2, P4 *, P1
  7. Row 7: Sl1, * K3, P3 *, P1
  8. Row 8: Sl1, * K4, P2 *, P1

Knit 36 Row Repeats for a total of 288 rows of the Pennant Pleating Stitch, or until your scarf is the length you desire.

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Step 3: Cast Off and Finish

  • Cast Off all stitches;
  • Weave in your yarn ends;
  • Wet-block, optional.

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Step 4: Add Fringe Tassels (optional)

  • Cut 49 strands of yarn into 14-inch lengths;
  • There are 7 fringe spots on your scarf: one on each end, then aligning with the five pleated creases;
  • Taking 7 strands of yarn, fold and weave through the stitches of your scarf;
  • Once halfway through, take the ends of your fringe and pull them through your loop, and cinch to secure;
  • Trim yarn ends to length desired and even up.
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Printable Knitting Instructions

Knitted Pennant Pleating scarf wrapped on mannequin in blue color yarn.

Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Knit Scarf Pattern in Pennant Pleating Stitch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 hours
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 10 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

My Knit Scarf Pattern in Pennant Pleating Stitch is an easy knit and purl design that is great for beginners. This scarf design is an easy eight-row repeat knitted flat on straight needles that creates a reversible texture. This wide, soft scarf design can also be worn as an elegant wrap.

Materials

  • Yarn – Bulky Weight #5 - 450 - 500 yds / 411 – 457 m
  • Feel free to use any fiber and colors of your choice. 
  • My scarf sample was knit in Cascade 128 Superwash Merino Wool in the aqua blue color Pacific 1960, which required 4 skeins total.

Tools

  • Size 10 US (6 mm) – Straight needles 7" or longer in length
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Crochet Hook 7.0 m (optional)
  • Knitting Blocks and T-Pins (optional)

Instructions

Step 1: Cast On

Cast On 38 Stitches onto your straight knitting needles.

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Step 2: Scarf Body in Pennant Pleating Stitch

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Sl1, * K1, P5 *, P1
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): Sl1, * K4, P2 *, P1
  3. Row 3: Sl1, * K3, P3 *, P1
  4. Row 4: Sl1, * K2, P4 *, P1
  5. Row 5: Sl1, * K5, P1 *, P1
  6. Row 6: Sl1, * K2, P4 *, P1
  7. Row 7: Sl1, * K3, P3 *, P1
  8. Row 8: Sl1, * K4, P2 *, P1

Repeat rows 1 - 8. Knit 36 Row Repeats for a total of 288 rows of the Pennant Pleating Stitch, or until your scarf is the length you desire.

Knitting Chart for Pennant Pleating Scarf Pattern by Studio Knit.

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Step 3: Cast Off and Finish

  • Cast Off all stitches;
  • Weave in your yarn ends;
  • Wet-block, optional.

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Step 4: Add Fringe (optional)

  • Cut 49 strands of yarn into 14 inch lengths;
  • There are 7 fringe spots on your scarf: one on each end, then aligning with the five pleated creases;
  • Taking 7 strands of yarn, fold and weave through the stitches of your scarf;
  • Once halfway through, take the ends of your fringe and pull them through your loop, and cinch to secure.

Notes

Scarf Size: is 10 x 72 inches (25 x 183 cm).

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Knitting Gauge in Pennant Pleating Pattern 4" x 4" = 14 stitches x 18 rows

  • Row 1: * K1, P5 *
  • Rows 2 & 8: * K4, P2 *
  • Rows 3 & 7: * K3, P3 *
  • Rows 4 & 6: * K2, P4 *
  • Row 5: * K5, P1 *

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Knitting Techniques

  • Cast On
  • K = Knit Stitch
  • P = Purl Stitch
  • Sl1 = Slip 1 Stitch purlwise with yarn in back
  • Cast Off
  • Weave-in Yarn Ends

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