Free Pattern: 1950s Beginners Knitted Pin Curl Scarf Headband


On days like today, when I have a nasty head cold, all I want to do is binge watch Netflix and knit. I love a quick, simple project that I can do with a single skein of yarn and an afternoon. Knitting and immediate gratification don't typically go together but with this project, it does! For those that don't knit, you can also buy these pin curl scarves made by me in my shop

free 1950s knitting pattern pin curl head scarf easy for beginners

Here's a freebie pattern from one of my vintage magazines. This one is from 1955 for a knitted pin curl scarf. If you've always wanted to learn to knit, the best way is to grab some needles and yarn and jump right in. A sweater is a little much for a beginner but this little scarf includes basic stitches like knit, purl, increase and decrease with a finished project that you can wear and be proud of.

If you're new to knitting, YouTube is a great resource for how to videos for beginners. You can also download this 1940s How To book for free with lessons on knitting and other needle crafts for beginners. Here's some basic beginners tips from this magazine:


I started my pin curl scarf this morning with a pretty pale blue yarn that I picked up on clearance recently. I think a soft knitted pin curl scarf would be really comfortable to sleep in. I had to nap this afternoon and beat this cold but I hope to finish it up tomorrow and give it a test run!

 If you don't knit but you sew, also check out my tutorial for a smocked pin curl scarf at The Girl with the Star Spangled Heart

easy 1940s pin curl head scarf sewing tutorial e


  1. What a cute pattern! Thank for sharing :)

  2. Such a fun, adorable wrap. Many thanks for sharing!

    ♥ Jessica

  3. Oh, I can't wait to try this pattern out. I had 3 different friends share this post with me so I'm sure I MUST try it. I've been, mainly, a sweater knitters for the past few years but with this semester of classes kicking my bum, I've been looking for smaller simpler projects to get a quick knitting fix between homework cram sessions. Thank you for sharing!!

    She Knits in Pearls

  4. So, I am bound and determined to teach myself to knit (I am a crocheter) and this pattern looks like something I want to try. I am reading the pattern first to familiarize myself and here's my question: on row 1 it says "...repeat from* to next marker, k 8 (border)". on row 2 it says: "...repeat from * to next marker, k 8". What marker? Am I misunderstanding what a marker is...I didn't see anywhere where a stitch marker was inserted. I am a little confused but willing to learn and figure it out with a little help. Thanks, and love your blog which I just discovered today.

    1. Yes I can definitely help! I've knitted about a dozen of these so I am very familiar with this pattern. So, you actually start where it says "HEADBAND". That's where you cast your stitches on and begin. You slip the stitch marker on page 2 at the very top, it says "sl a marker on needle, increase 2" please let me know if you have any other problems or drop me an email, I'm happy to help!


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