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Tostata Scarf a Free Knitting Pattern Triangle Scarf

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This free knitting pattern is a triangle scarf that is simple, stylish and versatile. The Tostata Triangle Scarf is ideal for those single hanks of hand dyed yarn you have tucked away. Knitted with the ever easy garter stitch this scarf showcases that gorgeous yarn.

The simple triangle scarf pattern is adaptable should you desire to create a larger scarf/shawl with more yarn. While final results will vary, this pattern works for other weight yarns as well.

I was blessed to have a few hours to myself this summer while the kids were at day camp with our church. I’m still amazed that all of them are old enough to participate in something like this! Anyway, I set out to visit my local yarn shop and see what I could get in to.

picture of brown grey and black speckled knit triangle scarf on mannequin

You can purchase the ad-free pdf on Etsy, LoveCrafts or Ravelry {scroll down for the free pattern}.

The pdf pattern is offered at a affordable price. It’s well formatted for printing or viewing on mobile. It also includes a little dimensions schematic. Making a pattern purchase is a great way to support my work.

picture of dark haired woman in grey, black and rust color knit triangle scarf

I found this stunning yarn from Bella Yarn. There was only one hank left, but the color was just too amazing to pass up. I’m so glad I splurged on it.

I started knitting right away–I have a couple other precious hand dyed hanks that I haven’t used yet. Now I’m working on a crochet version of this triangle scarf, so crocheters stay tuned.

picture of grey, black and rust color hank of hand dyed yarn with wood shawl pin
I also snagged this lovely hair/shawl pin!

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I chose the color Tiger’s Eye on Mendocino. The dappling of the black, grey and copper is just mesmerizing. I love that the simplicity of the stitches lets the colors do all the talking. Truly there were so many beautiful colors to chose from. I’m so happy I was able to finish my scarf in time for fall!

I did a little tutorial on how to hand roll a ball from a hank of yarn here. If you don’t have a yarn swift and winder. They are handy to have, especially if you prefer yarn that’s sold in hanks. And truly the winder almost counts as an essential, as I use it to frog larger pieces, and neaten up leftovers.

I got this Amish Style Yarn Swift last year for my birthday. It’s made for the table top, assembles/disassembles and stores easily when I’m not using it.

And I love my Knit Picks yarn winder too. I use this frequently, not only for hanks but for those non center pull skeins that like to bounce around. Caked yarn is easy yarn to work with!

picture caked yarn in wood bowl with knit triangle on the needles



  1. Pattern is worked flat, turn your work after each row. 
  2. You will always be on the right side of your fabric when you increase. Plus, you’ll increase on the same edge of your work.
  3. Place a stitch marker on the RS of your work to easily remember which side to increase on.
  4. This pattern is worked sideways.


CO-cast on


Garter st- knit both sides of your work

YO-yarn over (increase)

BO-bind off

RS-right side WS-wrong side



Helpful Knitting Videos

Cast On With A Crochet Hook As a crocheter, this is my favorite and go-to cast on method.

The Long Tail Cast On is another easy and popular cast on method.

Eventually you will need to know how to join a new ball of yarn, the magic knot is one way.


4” x 4” = 18sts x 38 rows in garter st

Finished dimensions

= 20” deep, 33” sides, 48” across

picture of knitting triangle scarf in progress on needles


CO 3

Row 1. (WS) K all. (3 sts)

Row 2. (RS) K first st, yo, k all sts to end of row. (4 sts)

Row 3. K all. (4 sts)

Row 4. Rep Row 2. (5 sts)

Row 5. Rep Row 3. (5 sts)

Rows 6-289. Continue to repeat Rows 2-3, or until desired length is reached.


BO. Cut yarn and weave in ends.


picture of knit triangle scarf pinned to blocking board

Block your scarf. I use my blocking boards from Knit Picks and my sewing pins. These sweet flower pins from Knit Picks are too cute.

If you don’t have blocking boards

If you’re lucky you can sometimes find similar foam puzzle pieces at the dollar store or hardware store too. I’ve used my clean carpet or bed before I had these too! So never fear, these are just nice to have if you frequently block.

My Wet Blocking Process

First I soaked my finished scarf in cool water with a little wool wash. Next I run it under water to rinse it off. Then, without twisting, I gently squeeze the water out.

Now I lay out a dry towel and place the scarf on it. Then I roll it up like a burrito, gently squeezing as I go. Once I’ve gotten the excess water out, it’s ready for the blocking boards.

I puzzle together my boards and lay the damp scarf out on them. Next I pin along the edges and gently use my hands to position the scarf. I try to avoid smoothing the yarn’s surface out too much with my hands.

And that’s it. It usually air dries over night. In the winter, or when it’s damp outside it can take longer.

How to style the Tostata Knit Scarf

Watch how to style this triangle scarf on my Jumprope.

I’d love to see your #tostatascarf tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work!

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