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6 Man-Friendly Scarf Patterns

With Valentine’s Day only a week away, you might be thinking about fast, last-minute patterns you can knit or crochet for someone you love.

If you’re knitting or crocheting for a man, I think it’s important to make something that he’s really going to wear. That means selecting yarns that are easy-care, colors that match his wardrobe, and classic styles and textures. Make the project something he’ll really use day to day and be able to take care of. Here are 6 projects that I think fit the bill, but we’ve got plenty more on our site (plus hats, gloves, and more).


Knit Basic Scarf

This classic stockinette stitch scarf with garter stitch border gets its interest from the heathered color of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. Woodsy and natural, it’s adds a touch of quiet interest to this understated scarf. Plus the super bulky yarn will help you finish this project in no time flat.

Loom Woven Houndstooth Check Scarf 

A classic pattern that’s experiencing a come-back, I love houndstooth’s rich, dapper feel. For the stylish man in your life, consider this quick-to-weave project made on our Knit & Weave Loom Kit.

Knit Varsity Stripe Hat & Scarf 

You can’t go wrong with a classic striped hat & scarf set. Make it in his favorite team’s colors or his school colors. With such a big color palette in Vanna’s Choice and Vanna’s Choice Baby, you can mix and match to get just the shades you’re looking for.

Crochet Easy-Wear Scarf 

Make him staple that will never go out of style: a classic ribbed scarf that can be wrapped twice for those windy days. It’s also fast-to-crochet in bulky, machine-washable Vanna’s Colors.

Knit Harbor Scarf
For a little added interest, consider a timeless stitch in a smaller scale. These cables add a wonderful honeycomb texture to the scarf, but when combined with the simplicity of the classic off-white yarn, the whole look is still masculine.
Crochet Hometown Scarf

By holding two strands of solid color yarn together, you can create a tweedy look. Use colors that match his wardrobe, or for a more subtle look, select different shades of the same color.

Do you have a favorite pattern for the men in your life? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  • I usually make guys 2 x 2 rib knit hats. I use worsted weight yarn, cast on 96 stitches, and knit it long enough to have a fold up brim. That makes a hat that’s stretchy and adjustable so it fits most heads. I try to use “guy friendly” colors-navy blue, black, brown. Or I use colors from their favorite sports team. For students I use their high school or college colors. If you start the hat with a few rounds of the brighter color, it becomes a stripe around the edge of the brim.

    • With what size needle & yarn

    • As a long time knitter, the number of stitches cast on (96) tells me it must be a worsted weight 4 ply yarn with about a size 9 needle.

  • I have a very picky husband who loves playing tennis. I made him a crocheted Dickey to protect his neck from the cold breezes. I found lots of knit patterns, but, prefer crochet, so I made my own pattern up and will be posting on my blog, Birdie Creates. He loves the pattern. I also made my son-in-laws the man’s chunky hat and scarf sets from LB, I changed the yarn to Vanna’s Choice (so-o-o soft) and added front post stitches to the brim, they loved them and so did I.

    • Question:  What are “front post stitches?”  I’d like to know, so maybe I can incorporate into some scarves I’m making for a donation project.  Thanks!

      • Front post stitches are when you crochet in to the post rather than the chain of the next stitch. It can be used to create a ribbing effect. You can do a search for “front post double crochet” and find videos that explain how to do this.

  • A basket weave pattern with a seed stitch border is also very pretty.  Fast and easy with big blocks. I used 5 stitches per block.  An Italian tweed merino wool made it nice and soft.  Even guys can have sensitive skin.

  • My husband has never been a fan of scarves. He says the long ends always get in the way. But when I kmitted myself a cowl (sometimes called a “tube scarf”), he asked me to knit one for him, too! He wears it a lot in cold weather.

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  • Disappointed you did not also include Mr O Learys scarf which is in your pattern stash. I knitted it for a friend in your Fishermans wool in oatmeal. It was a hit. Annette

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