Knitting Pattern: Steeked Scarf

Finished scarf

I wanted to practice using steeks before I made a waistcoat for my dad that needed them.

So I decided to make a scarf in the round and then cut it open. This scarf was meant to be for the Orphan Foundation’s Red Scarf project but I finished it too late, so it will be stored until next years campaign.

Here are the instructions so you can do it too.

Steeked Scarf


Approx 300-500 m of yarn of your choice – wool or wool blends is best. I used worsted weight gray wool stranded with red acrylic, provenance of both is unknown.

Circular needle of appropriate size and length

Cable needle of appropriate size

Scrap yarn in appropriate color




Cast on enough stitches so that you can work in the round. With double sport weight yarn I used size 13 (US) needles and cast on 30 stitches. Join the cast on to make a circle being careful not to twist.

Place a marker 4 stitches after the beginning and 4 stitches before the end of the first round. The 8 stitches between markers are the steek – they should always be worked as p1 k6 p1 stitches.

Work non-steek stitches for 1-2″ in k1 p1 rib.

Change to seed stitch by working non-steek stitches as:

Round 1 (p1 k1)

Round 2 (k1, p1)

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until scarf is long enough – mine was 5 foot long.

Finish by working 1 -2″ in k1 p1 rib

Bind off loosely.

Your finished scarf should look something like this:

Finished scarf before steeks were cut

Preparing Steek

Turn scarf inside out and single crochet the first purl stitch of the steek on each side:

Steek before crochet

Steek after crochet

My steeks were smaller than those recommended above. Too small for comfort.

Cut the bottom edge and unravel a few strands of your steek – You can unravel one or two stitches or all 4 – it is up to you.

Take a deep breath and cut unraveled threads so that the same amount of fringe is on either side.

I unraveled about an inch at time and then cut. It felt safer that way!

cut steek

Trim fringe to desired length. Wash scarf, dry flat, and wear!

© 2007 cdavies


2 thoughts on “Knitting Pattern: Steeked Scarf

  1. Thank you for such a great pattern and directions! I hope to make one of these this winter.

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