Enchanted unicorn scarf free knitting pattern from fresh off the needles

The holidays are fast approaching, and quick knits (and crochets!) make excellent gifts! That is one of the very reasons the Enchanted Unicorn Scarf was designed. Take a look around at nearly any store, and you’ll find multitudes of adorable Unicorns adorning everything – memorabilia, clothing, plushies, you name it. But how many unicorn inspired knitting patterns have you seen floating around the Internet lately? I hope you’re ready for a fun one, because here it is!

So here we have a hooded scarf that features pockets, a unicorn horn, and a mane that’s sure to turn heads. I don’t know if I’ve ever made anything so fun! And not to mention, super simple. All you’ll need is your yarn and a pair of 9mm (US 13) knitting needles.

This whimsical design is one you’ll want to bookmark (psst, don’t forget to Pin this pattern onto Pinterest!) or even print, and if you’re the printing type, I have a printable, ad-free PDF available in my Ravelry store below! Your onetime purchase supports the livelihood of this site ❤️ 

The Enchanted Unicorn Scarf pattern is an excellent knit for beginners – because it uses super soft Bernat Blanket Yarn – an amazing chenille yarn that knits up quickly, it is both warm, and breathable. The pattern is sized for children, but can easily be adjusted for adults or older kids. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a unicorn or horse scarf/hat combo? 

Bernat Blanket yarn is so soft and snuggly, I have no doubt you’ll want to make an Enchanted Unicorn Scarf for yourself as well 😉 And for all your coworkers .. and your children, or your friends children.. or… well, you get the picture. But what if someone doesn’t even like unicorns, I hear you ask? Leave off the horn. Knit in neutral colors. Presto, you have a horse scarf instead!

Enchanted unicorn scarf free knitting pattern from fresh off the needles
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So now that that’s all out of the way,  let’s get into the pattern! But be sure and share this pattern with all your knitting friends! 💖🦄

You will need:

  • 9mm (US size 13) knitting needles
  • 2 skeins of Bernat Blanket Yarn (320 yds at least) (additional skeins may be required if you choose to adapt the pattern into a larger size)
  • Yarn needles and scissors for weaving in ends and sewing.

Knitting Terminology 

  • C/o – cast on
  • Stockinette – alternating rows of knit, then purl, then knit stitches, to create the classic stockinette stitch
  • K2tog – knit two stitches together, by inserting your needle into two stitches at one time, then knitting them together as one stitch.
  • BO – bind off

Method

Scarf Body

C/o 20 stitches using the knit cast on technique

  • Row 1 – K across
  • Row 2 – P across

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have approximately 46 inches of Stockinette stitch. (This is suitable for a small child, but for taller children consider creating a longer length of stockinette – a general rule of thumb is to measure from the recipients neck to the tips of their fingers, and then double the measurement. You want this scarf to hang so that whomever wears it can place their hands in the pockets) 

BO.

Scarf Hood

C/o 45 

  • Rows 1 through 3 – K1, P1 across each row, to create 1×1 ribbing.
  • Row 4 – K across
  • Row 5 – P across

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 23 more rows, to create a rectangle of stockinette.
Next, BO keeping your tension tight, to add a natural curve to the fabric. Fold the rectangle in half, and sew together at bound off ends, to create the top of your hood. And don’t worry about the big seam – it’ll be fully covered up later!

Scarf Pockets

C/o 20

Rows 1 through 20 – Knit one row, purl the next, repeat for 20 rows to create a square of stockinette stitch. BO

Unicorn Ears

C/o 4

  • Row 1 – k across
  • Row 2 – k across
  • Row 3 – k2tog, twice
  • Row 4 – k across.

BO. Repeat this process to create another ear.

Unicorn Horn

C/o 7

Rows 1 through 13 – k across, then BO. 

Take this strip of fabric, and twist it tightly, forming a horn. Use the loose ends to sew the horn together while you twist, so that it holds its shape. Twist, and sew, until the horn is as pointy and strong as you’d like it to be. But be sure that it stands up straight once you sew it onto the hood!

Assembly

Fold your scarf lengthwise in half, then sew the edges of your hood onto the scarf, as pictured above. 


To begin your mane, cut yarn into lengths of 19 inches, fold in half, and tie into a simple knot. Next you’ll want to stuff the knot through the top of your hood, (in the holes between stitches) – then flip the hat inside out and sew the knots down with additional yarn. And don’t forget to make a nice, full mane that goes down the entire seam of the hood. I almost made my mane too thin on my first design. Oops!


Sew the pockets onto the edges/ends of your scarf by taking your stockinette squares and seaming them across the bottoms and sides.
Next, place the ears and horn accordingly, sewing them onto the top of the hood securely. Weave in any loose ends.

Your Enchanted Unicorn Scarf is Complete!

I hope this Enchanted Unicorn Scarf brings you and your loved ones so many smiles. I would love to see your take on the pattern – so if you make one, be sure to post it on instagram with the tag #FreshOffTheNeedlesBlog 🦄🥰

As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t forget to get in touch! Happy knitting. Love,