People knit different garments for different reasons, but when the coldest days of winter set in, you want a pattern that you know is going to make a nice, warm scarf for you. These are the best knitting patterns for the warmest scarves, projects that will keep you cozy no matter what the weather throws at you.
This is probably the warmest scarf knitting pattern available here at About.com Knitting and with very good reason: the scarf is a double thickness so that the back side of the cable doesn't show. This makes for slower knitting than a one-sided scarf of the same length would be, but the warmth factor is well worth it.
Using lots of different strands of yarn held together makes for a big, quick knitting project, and when those yarns are all wool, you also get a very warm scarf. That's the thinking behind the gorgeous and super-easy Favorite Color Scarf. Pick up a few skeins of your favorite colors, some size 50 needles and in no time you'll have a huge scarf to help stave off the cold.
Your scarf can keep you extra warm when it also serves as a place to put your hands. The pockets in this Pocket Scarf are simply made by folding over the ends of the scarf and sewing the side seams, and they're a great place to stash a little packet of tissues or some lip balm if you work in a cold office and wear your scarf all day long.
This Women's Sampler Scarf is among the warmest scarves because it's so darn wide. You can fold the scarf in half and have a double thickness of warmth around your neck (or cast on fewer stitches and make the scarf longer, but it's really the part around your neck that helps keep the wind out the best).
There's nothing inherently warm about the Horizontal Scarf knitting pattern, other than the length of the scarf, which allows you to wrap it around your neck multiple times. But knitting a scarf horizontally means you can make it as wide as you want, too; just stop when you think you've got enough width to keep yourself cozy.
It may be hard to believe that such a tiny project can be warming, but the Razor Shell Scarflette is a great choice for a base layer (a scarf you tuck into your shirt, maybe?). That's because it's made out of cashmere, which is super-soft and, yes, really warm. You might still want a bulkier scarf on really cold days, but this bit of luxury against your skin will almost make the cold days worthwhile.