3 in 1 Scarf Pattern: a Solution to Keep out the Chill

I’d like to present to you my 3 in 1 scarf pattern as a solution to keep out autumnal chills and winter weather. The smorf (yes, I did make that up!).

JpegIn my travels around the web, I’ve seen a number of these hood, scarf, mitten type accessories but of course I wanted to make one of my own.

JpegI wanted no ears or other silliness (I’m going through a serious phase at the moment), I wanted the hood not to be too wide so that you can push it off your head without looking like Quasimodo, I wanted pompoms (what was I saying about silliness?), a really bright, cheerful, warm yarn and deep mittens. So with a little playing around, my smorf was born.

I picked one of my bright self-striping yarns – this one is a vivid warm red, fading into apricot then lilac pink and back to red and for the mittens and pompoms I used a deeper version of the lilac colour which turns a deep blackcurrant colour. It’s aran weight needing size 6 – 6.5mm needles – I used 6mm for added body.

Unfortunately I started off in stockinette thinking the colours would pop better – but of course my scarf curled like mad! So I ripped out and knitted in 2×2 rib all the way. As I wanted the pompoms, I started with a false cast-on using spare yarn.


And for the mittens, I knitted two triangles also with a false cast-on.


Grafted the two together and added the pompom, which secures all the live stitches and pulls the end of the scarf into shape. Simple!


Early morning breezy dog-walks no problem with my new 3-in-1 protector.



You will need:
340g Aran or chunky weight yarn.
6mm knitting needles
2 stitch markers
Stitch holder or spare yarn
Spare yarn for provisional cast on
pom pom maker or card to make pompoms


Not hugely important but mine was 14 stitches x 19 rows = 10cm x 10cm


Provisionally cast on 32 stitches with a contrasting yarn.
Knit 4 rows in 2×2 rib

On RS: increase one stitch on each side (your pattern will be k3, p2, k2…ending with k3) (34 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 15 cm.

On RS: increase one stitch on each side (your pattern will be k4, p2, k2,…ending with k4) (36 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 60 cm.

On RS: Place stitch marker and increase one stitch after the fourth stitch every other row 12 times. (48 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 22 cm.

On RS: Place stitch marker and decrease one stitch after fourth stitch every other row 12 times. (36 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 60cm.

On RS: decrease one stitch on each side (34 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 15 cm.

On RS: decrease one stitch on each side (32 stitches)
Continue in pattern for four rows.
Leave stitches on stitch holder.


With contrast colour scrap yarn provisionally cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1: k2,p2 to end
Then: Increase one stitch at each end of this and every other row 14 times (34 stitches)
Work in pattern until mitten measures 18 cm in length.
CO in pattern.
Make 2

Please note that the ribbing will not be perfectly in pattern.  If this bothers you only increase 12 times.


Make two medium pompoms about 8 cms in diameter. Leave with long tail.

Make up

Remove the provisional cast on from one of your mittens.
Put the stitches from your stitch holder/scrap yarn back on to needles and at add the six live stitches from the mitten to the live stitches of your scarf end. It’s best to add the additional six stitches in an alternating around the middle stitches of the scarf
i.e. at stitch 13 of scarf add stitch 1 of the mitten, then stitch 14 of scarf, stitch 2 of mitten etc.
Take the tail of one pompom and pull through your live stitches (scarf and mitten makes 38 stitches in total). Pull tight, knot and weave in.

Repeat for other end of the scarf.

Placing the two stitch markers together, sew the edges of the scarf with matress/kitchener stitch. If you prefer, you could just add buttons and hooks and that way the scarf would lie flat.

Depending on yarn used, block and enjoy.


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27 Responses to 3 in 1 Scarf Pattern: a Solution to Keep out the Chill

  1. I love your smorf! Love the name too. I like that you kept it more streamline and not so bulkly! Fantastic. Colour is great too.

    • Thank you so much!!
      I’ve come to realise that accessories are actually quite difficult to design so that they’re not too bulky, stay stylish but cover all the bits that get cold!

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  3. pictfamily says:

    I love it, but it’s so annoying, was trawling through similar patterns to knit for Christmas, but nothing was quite right and I was too lazy to think it through myself. Oh well, well into hat knitting now, these will have to wait for another year!

  4. Theresa says:

    I love it and am sure several grand kids will find this in a pkg. Your designs inspire again thank you

  5. Susie Hunt says:

    I love this pattern, thank you so much.
    Could not find the yarn used to know how many yards were needed.
    Thought aran was worsted, 4-wt, requiring 7-9 needles, 16-20 st = 4″ (10cm), & 98-120 yards per 50 gm.
    Would this yarn be chunky 5-weight, requiring 9-11 needles, 12-15 st = 4″, 55-88 yards per 50gram?
    If chunky, then 340/50gm = 6.8 x 55 = 374 yds, 6.8 x 88 = 598.4 yds, in other words, 374-600 yds (quite a range).
    Not criticizing, just really want to make this beautiful, warm, cuddly smorf.
    Love it, Love it, Love it!
    Thank you again for being so creative.
    Susie in Phoenix AZ

    • Hi Susie,
      Thanks for getting in touch – no criticism taken : )
      I used chunky/aran yarn which usually knitted on 6.5mm needles and comes in 50g balls which carry 65m per skein. Tension is 14 stitches to 19 rows for 10cm square. Ravelry classes this yarn as bulky 12ply.
      I went down half a needle size to 6mm (didn’t make any difference to my gauge!) and I used a total of six balls of the red colourway and one ball in the maroon colourway to make the pockets and pompoms. My eyes needed a little rest from the red : ) All in all 340g (less than 7 skeins and around 445m) in total. In other words, in the middle of your range!
      Hope this helps and you enjoy making and wearing it!

      • Susie In Phoenix, AZ says:

        Appreciate the quick reply, Judit!
        In other words,
        486yd (455m 340g) 5-Bulky yarn if all 1 color – OR –
        427yd (390m 300g) MC,
        71yd (65m 50g) CC
        Thought you might want the figures for those of us half a world away from you.
        Will definitely enjoy making & wearing it.
        Thanks again & Blessings.

  6. Donna says:

    in this pattern it refers to RS instructions.. what do you do for the following row on the wrong side? return to the k2. p2 pattern or do the increases on both right and wrong side? thanks

    • Please follow the k2 PS2 rib pattern established on all WS rows. All increases are worked in RS only as the increase only falls to one edge of the scarf to create the hood.

  7. suzy hurst says:

    What is a provisional cast on and how do you do it? Great scarf. I will get right in it

    • Thanks. Provisional cast on is the same as any other cast on except you use a contrasting coloured scrap yarn in the same weight to cast on. You then start using the yarn for the project on row 1. At the end you carefully cut the provisional cast on and place the live stitches on a needle. This will help you to do the grafting on of the pockets and to add the pompom neatly.

  8. Mary hodges says:

    How do i know what the right side is, wouldnt i still be working on the RS after i cast on??? Also i dont think i understand On RS: Place stitch marker and increase one stitch after the fourth stitch every other row 12 times. (48 stitches)
    Continue in pattern for 22 cm.
    Sorry it just doesnt make sense to me. and i really want to make this scarf.

    thank you very much

    • It’s up to you which side that e RS is unless the pattern specifically states. Since this is a rib pattern it really doesn’t matter which is the RS as long as it is always either the even or the odd rows.
      At the place of your work where the pattern says place a marker at the beginning of the row. This will help you keep your increases and decreases evenly along the scarf. In the same row increase one stitch after the fourth stitch from the beginning of the row. Do this every other row. I.e. every RS row. Repeat the one stitch increase every other row 12 times. Don’t forget you are knitting k2 p2 all other stitches. Carry on doing this for 22 cms.
      Not sure if you are a beginner knitted or a beginner pattern reader but this is pretty standard language. I have a blog entry which explains how to increase in rib pattern.

      Hope this now makes sense.

      • mary h says:

        thank you so much for the explanations, helps tremendisly

      • jamuna ravi says:

        I completed the scarf but am a little confused on how to make it up at the end, specially the part of stitching the edges near the stitch markers or use buttons instead. Could you explain that again..regards, jamuna

      • You should have two stitch markers on the same side of the scarf which show you where you started increasing your stitches at the one end of the scarf and finished decreasing at the other end of the scarf. If you fold the scarf in half lengthways, the stitch markers should meet. Sew together the scarf from above the stitch markers to create the hood. Alternatively, if you don’t want a permanent hood, sew “male” poppers on one edge and “female” poppers on the other edge so that they match – this way you can join the hood if and when you want but the rest of the time you can just wear the scarf flat.
        Hope this helps.

      • jamuna ravi says:

        This is very helpful, thanks

  9. maggie says:

    Is there a pdf for this pattern? Thanks.

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  11. You are SO clever – this is fantastic! Love the pom poms especially 😀
    Thanks for linking up at #Pintorials x

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