I love the skinny scarf trend. It’s chic, sexy and fun to wear. I had a skein of black, velvety yarn that was crying to be knit, so I decided to knit a super skinny scarf with it.

super skinny scarf wrapped around like a necklace

The super skinny scarf has a soft, velvety texture that is lightweight and easy to wear. It looks more like a necklace than a scarf, but it’s very versatile. It can be worn wrapped around the neck like a necklace, draped along the shoulders, or even as a belt.

I knit the scarf in a stockinette pattern (i.e. alternating knit and purl rows). I also used a cable cast on to increase the stitches and a purl together decrease (P2tog) as a bind off. Although I tried to keep the sides of the scarf flat, they curled under anyway. I could have steam pressed the sides with a damp cloth and iron, but I decided to leave them as is.

I used a polyester fine weight (#2) yarn to knit the scarf. You could also knit the scarf using a lace weight (#0) or super fine weight (#1) yarn in a soft material like silk. Just remember to knit the scarf with a loose grip.

You could make a few super skinny scarves with a skein of 400m fine weight yarn, so they’re very budget friendly. So, why not make a few of these for the people on your gift list!

Here are the instructions:


Super Skinny Scarf



materials for super skinny scarf

1 skein Loops & Threads Shellie Yarn (437 yds/400m; 3.5oz./100g; 100% polyester) in black 

2 US 5 (3.75 mm) double point needles

1 US H/8 (5mm) crochet hook

tapestry needle


gauge:  12 stitches/2” (6 rows/2”) in stockinette pattern

dimensions: 72” long x 2″ wide


CO – cast on

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

K – knit

P – purl

St st – stockinette stitch (K on RS, P on WS)

P2tog – purl two stitches together -1 stitch decreased


Begin the cable cast on

CO one slip knot. This is the first stitch on the row.

Row 1 (RS): Knit the stitch, but place the new stitch back on the holding needle without dropping the first stitch. Then, work Row 1 of St st.

Row 2 (WS): Work Row 2 of St st.

Row 3: Place the working needle between the first and second stitches on the row.  Wrap the yarn around the needle.  Pull the yarn from the back to the front of the row, then place this loop (i.e. the new stitch) onto the needle. You now have three stitches on the row. Work Row 1 of St st.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Continue repeating rows 3 and 4 until you have 12 stitches on the row.

Knit the body

Continue working in St st until the scarf measures 70” from the beginning. End with a knit row (i.e. on the RS).

Finish with the P2tog decrease

Now, decrease the number of stitches as follows (beginning on the WS):

First row (WS): Purl each stitch until last two stitches on the row, P2tog (11 stitches)

Next row (RS): Knit all stitches

Next row (WS): Purl each stitch until last two stitches on the row, P2tog (10 stitches)

Next row (RS): Knit all stitches

Continue in this pattern until there are two stitches remaining on the needle.

Next-to-last row: Knit each stitch

Last row: P2tog  (one stitch on the needle)

Cut excess yarn. Pull the tail of the excess yarn through the loop. Weave in remaining part of the tail with the crochet hook. Trim off any excess yarn with the scissors.

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