Make for Men : Basketweave Scarf

Today is the third post in my series Make for Men, a week of tutorials filled with ideas for handmade gifts for men! The first two posts this week show you how to make a tool roll and a simple bottle bag. Today’s tutorial is for a super cosy basketweave scarf with a simple stocking stitch border.

Handmade gifts for menThis scarf is knitted on size 7mm needles and using chunky wool. If you don’t have any chunky wool, simply use two balls of double knit and knit them together as one strand. I have knitted up three examples of this pattern in three different wools so that you can see how the pattern changes.

Handmade gifts for menThe first photo is two strands of double knit weight wool knitted together. The middle is a chunky wool called Sirdar Click, shade 0128 and the last photo is also chunky wool and is Patons Inca, colour 7020. My scarf used 4 x 50g balls of chunky wool to make a scarf approximately 150cm long.

To knit your very own scarf, using 7 mm needles, cast on 28 stitches.

Knit 4 rows of stocking stitch to make the border.

Then continue to knit the pattern below until your scarf has reached the desired length.

Row 1 & 3 : K4, *P4, K4, repeat from * to the end.

Row 2 & 4 : P4, *K4, P4, repeat from * to the end.

Row 5 & 7 : K8, *P4, K4, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, K8.

Row 6 & 8 : P8, *K4, P4, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, P8.

When your scarf has reached the length that you would like, knit 4 rows in stocking stitch to finish the border around the final edge. Cast off.

Handmade gifts for menI hope you enjoy knitting a cosy scarf to keep someone warm this Christmas! Tomorrow’s tutorial is the last in the series and will show you a super simple way to make an apron.


    • Hi Cristina! Of course, thank you! You can use one image from each tutorial and if you link straight through to the tutorial that would be perfect. Thank you for asking, I really appreciate it!

  1. So I have begun the stitch for my husband’s scarf. The sides of the scarf are beginning to curl inwards towards the body. What have I done wrong and how can I fix it?

    • Hi Priya,

      You will need to block the scarf to make it lie flat, if the edges are curling up. I haven’t written a tutorial on this yet, but you can find lots of good resources online.


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