Pattern: Macclesfield Scarf

Also available as part of an eBook, Whitework: Accessories inspired by medieval illumination

This reversible scarf is double-thick, over six and a half feet long, and will definitely keep you toasty in freezing temperatures! Moreover, it’s knitted completely in the round and the only sewing required is a single 7”-long seam at the end. You can also easily customize the length by working either more or fewer chart repeats.

The scarf takes its inspiration from the background motif of the initial letter “D” on ‘The Anointing of David’. This is one of the 250 pages of the Macclesfield Psalter, which was created around the quarter-mark of the 14th century in East Anglia.


  • 7" wide, 79" long

Skills required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Three-needle bind-off (pattern provides resources for more information)

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Worsted weight or similar, as follows:
    • Main colour: about 580 yards
    • Contrast colour: about 420 yards
  • Needles:
    • 12” or shorter 4.5mm needle
    • Spare 4.5mm needle (for three-needle bind-off)
  • Stitch marker
  • Spare length of yarn about 24” long
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


        • 22 sts and rows to 4" in stranded pattern after blocking

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