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Pom Poms Scarf

Yarn pom-poms in various sizes add a touch of fun to this free scarf knitting pattern. Make this easy scarf knitting pattern for a holiday gift or keep for yourself. 


Knit Pom Pom Scarf 


  • Caron International's Simply Soft Quick (100% acrylic; 3 oz/85 g, 50 yds/46 m) #0002 Off White, 7 skeins
  • One pair needles US size 13 (9 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Crochet hook size US I-9 (5.5 mm) for border
  • Yarn needle
  • Pompon maker (optional)

Finished Size:
Scarf measures approximately 6" wide (slightly stretched) by 56" long, excluding poms.

In Pattern Stitch, slightly stretched:  20 sts and 17 rows = 4"/10 cm. Gauge is not critical for this project.


3 x 3 Rib

Chain (ch) -- for attaching pompons

3 x 3 Rib Pattern (multiple of 6):

All rows: *Knit 3, purl 3; repeat from * for 3 x 3 Rib Pattern.




Cast on 30 sts. Work in 3 x 3 Rib Pattern until piece measures 56” long (or desired length).  Bind off in rib.


Make five 3” poms and six 1 1/2” poms. If using Pompon maker, make pom poms as indicated in the instructions. Otherwise, make as follows: Wind yarn around fingers or cardboard that's the size indicated 24 times. Carefully remove loops from fingers or cardboard and tie tightly around center of loops. Cut through each folded edge of loops; trim to a smooth round shape.


Scarf end #1, from L to R: 

Pom #1: Using a length of yarn, join two small poms together. Then join to a large pom in a “stack.”  Join yarn to left end of scarf and ch 4. Break off, leaving a 9” end. Sew this end to large pom. 

Pom #2: Mark center of end of scarf. Sew one large pom to center.

Pom #3: Join bottom of small pom to top of large pom. Attach yarn to right end of scarf and ch 2. Break off, leaving a 9” end and sew to top of small pom.

Scarf end #2, from L to R:

Pom #1: Same as Pom #1 above and attach to left corner edge.

Pom #2:  Same as Pom #3 above and attach to right corner edge.

Weave in ends.


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My 81 yr old mom has been knitting for years but can not recall how to "knit the yarn ont to the needles to start a scarf made with the pom pom yarn. We know how to make pom poms but, this particular yarn has a small pom pom aprx 4"-5" apart already on the yarn itself. Can anyone help me get instructions as to how she can Start the project? She was planning to make scarves for her 3 great grand-daughters for Christmas. Thanks for any and all advise, my momo and I appreciate your input (:

To sewknitter: I found the instruction for pom-poms for a knitted Baby Jester Hat on this site. "Pom-Poms Wind yarn around 3 fingers approx 60 times. Remove from fingers and tie tightly in center. Cut through each side of loops. Trim to a smooth round shape." (This would probably be about a 2"-2 1/2" pom-pom. On my hand, 4 fingers would yield about a 3" pom-pom, and 2 fingers a 1 1/2" pom-pom.) Good Luck! J.B.



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