Matthew Shepard Seaman's Scarf

I've now finished my first "lace-type" project, the Matthew Shepard Seaman's Scarf by Myrna A.I. Stahman. Learning to knit a pattern line-by-line has been good experience and gives me courage to tackle something more complicated. My friend Robert picked the pattern and the yarn -- and is happy with his new scarf! He did not want the middle ribbing section that is typical of a seaman's scarf, so I just left it out -- knitting from the middle to one end and then, picking up the first stitches, knit to the other end.


Kerry's picture

The scarf has turned out great, and I love the colour.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice knitting. I've made several of the Seaman's scarves and find them to be very comfortable to wear. Meant as gifts, the recipients were appreciative of them also. I like the way the pattern balanced out without the center ribbing. I'll have to keep that in mind for future projects. Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Marc's picture

What an elegant pattern and nicely made, too!

PhilNmtl's picture

I love this, and despite my resistance to knitting scarves (always feels sooooooooo long), this really tempts me. Did you pick up the pattern online? And how did the pattern come to be named after Matthew Shepard. I'd like to know more about that.

VTandPTguy's picture

The pattern is free at:

The story of the relationship of this pattern to Matthew Shepard is in the pattern.

Note that there is a shorter version (Matt) and a longer version (Matthew), which is the pattern I used.

You can view several examples of this scarf on Ravelry.


RickeScott's picture

I like it very much. Is it reversable?

VTandPTguy's picture

This scarf is essentially the same on both sides (and thus reversable) -- though some of the stitches are knit through the back of the loop, giving the pattern on one side *slightly* higher relief. -John

kylewilliam's picture

this is an amazing pattern... and one of my favorites.... I want to make it - have printed the pattern out numerous times with the intention of doing so... and actually this weekend I bought some yarn with it in mind... but as of today, as I type, I have not cast on or knit it... as of now, I have only sat on the sidelines wishing I had done it..

seeing these images makes me want to knit it even more... but a few other projects call my name first. Once those are complete, this one must be experienced... and of course, with Matthew in mind.

Great Job!



QueerJoe's picture

Very nice job John...I just went out to your Ravelry project page for this scarf to find out what yarn you it a chenille?

VTandPTguy's picture

Thanks, Joe, for jiggling me to complete the Ravelry project page. I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran - a "100% Merino wool extrafine superwash" - on US8 needles. Quite a jump in needle size from the "Henry" scarf being knit (slowly!) on US3 needles.

crmartin's picture

That is a gorgeous scarf!