Free Knitting Patterns: Totally Triangular Scarf

If you enjoyed the Truly Triangular Scarf, then try your hand at this one. With one small change to the pattern, you get a longer, narrower scarf. In this pattern, the same number of stitches are cast on and bound off. The same amount of yarn is used. Remember to weigh your yarn before you begin and periodically while working the increase section. You will want to start decreasing when half the yarn is used up. This pattern is also great for just one skein of yarn, or however much you have on hand.

Totally Triangular Scarf Knotted

The Totally Triangular Scarf is also a garter stitch scarf and it uses the same increase and decrease stitches – kfb (knit into the front and then the back of the stitch) and k2tog (knit 2 stitches together). The difference is that the increase and then decrease stitches are worked on every second right side row, causing the scarf to increase and then decrease more gradually, creating a longer, leaner triangle. If you like a scarf with long ends to wrap around your shoulders, this is the pattern for you.

Totally Triangular Scarf full view

I have used the same slipped stitch edge on this scarf. To make this edge, the first stitch of every row is slipped knitwise (as if to knit) while holding the yarn at the back of the work (wyib). The last stitch of every row is purled. It helps to work these first and last stitches tightly to maintain a smooth edge.

Totally Triangular Scarf closeup

When a pattern lacks embellishment or complexity, the yarn is what can make it truly beautiful. I have used  Malabrigo Rastita here again. It is a slightly felted merino wool. It is a DK weight yarn. Any sport to worsted weight yarn could work well with this pattern. Gauge isn’t too important.

Totally Triangular Scarf Instructions


  • 1 skein of Malabrigo Rastita (100% merino wool; 310 yd [283 m]/3.53 oz [100 g]). Shown here in Sabiduria.
  • US size 8 [5.0 mm] needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 1 stitch marker.
  • Blocking materials.


  • 17 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in garter stitch, after blocking.

Stitches Used

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • sl – slip the stitch from left to right needle as if to knit, with yarn in back
  • kfb – knit into the front and then the back of the stitch (increase)
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together (decrease)


Weigh yarn. Half of the yarn will be used for the increase section and the remaining half for the decrease section. Weigh yarn periodically as you work to see how much is left. All slipped sts are slipped knitwise (kwise) with yarn in back (wyib).

Cast on 3 sts.
Setup Row 1 (WS): Sl1, kfb, p1.
Setup Row 2 (RS): Sl1, k1, place marker, kfb, p1.

Increase Section:
Row 3 (WS): Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 4 (RS): Sl1, k1, slip marker, knit to last st, p1.
Row 5: Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 6: Sl1, k1, slip marker, kfb, knit to last st, p1.
Repeat Rows 3 – 6 until half of yarn has been used. Weigh yarn periodically to check.

Decrease Section:
Row 7 (WS): Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 8 (RS): Sl1, k1, slip marker, knit to last st, p1.
Row 9: Sl1, k to marker, slip marker, k1, p1.
Row 10: Sl1, k1, slip marker, k2tog, knit to last st, p1.
Repeat Rows 7 – 10 until 4 sts remain.

Next Row (WS): Sl1, k1, remove marker, k1, p1.
Next Row (RS): Sl1, k2tog, p1.


Bind off the remaining 3 sts. Weave in all ends. Wash and block to desired measurements.

This photo shows how the Truly Triangular Scarf (the red scarf) and the Totally Triangular Scarf (purple scarf) compare. One increases and decreases quickly and the other more gradually. Which shape do you prefer?

scarves compared

The Truly Triangular Scarf pattern can be found here: Free Pattern: Truly Triangular Scarf.

A helpful tutorial that shows how to spot the kfb stitch in your knitting can be found here: Spotting the kfb Stitch 101.

Pattern by Michelle Krause.

Copyright 2014 by Leah Michelle Designs. Pattern and photos may not be sold for profit or distributed or reproduced without permission.

18 thoughts on “Free Knitting Patterns: Totally Triangular Scarf

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  2. Thanks for sharing the pattern! I used 2 skeins of Lion Brand thick and quick, and it knit up in a few hours! Made it for my good friend’s mom who is plus size and she loved it!! Thank you!

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad your scarf turned out well. What size needles did you use with the Thick & Quick? I’m happy to hear that the pattern works with a different yarn weight.

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    • If you haven’t yet started, you could divide your yarn into two balls that are about the same size. Use one ball for the increasing section and the other for decreasing. I’ve looked at mine and it looks like I had about 60 stitches on the needle when I stopped increasing, and that was using 310 yards of Malabrigo Rastita. That may or may not be helpful to you, depending on what yarn you are using. Good luck with yours!

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  5. Great pattern. I have used Touch from New Zealand ( 60% Marino, 30% possum and 10 % silk with 3.75 needles. It is beautiful! And easy for a beginner.

  6. Are these two patterns the same? I knit the truly and wanted the totally with the longer ties. I am now knitting the totally and I am finding the instructions the same. Am I missing something?

    • They are basically the same except that the rate of increasing and decreasing is different. In the Totally Triangular Scarf the increase and then decrease stitches are worked on every second right side row instead of every right side row.

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