Easy Scarf Pattern. How to Knit a Scarf

Perhaps, "easy scarf pattern" is one of the most often requests which people ask looking for knitting projects. "Easy" does not necessary has to be a synonym of  "boring" and "unattractive". Our project is a perfect example of a simple technique and creative final result. Is it really simple? What can be simpler than  a project made with garter stitch?

How to Knit Our Easy Scarf Pattern

Easy Scarf Pattern

Materials. Fisherman's Wool Lion Brand
8 oz/ 227 g/ 465 yd.
Recommended needle US 9 / 5.5 mm.

I did not use recommended needles but 4.5 mm needles instead. It is a matter of your preferences since an exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Weight of the finished scarf is approximately 110 grams. In case you make part of scarf between triangle "A" and part "B" a little bit shorter, it will be enough yarn for one-ball - project  (100 gr).  Besides that, a  shorter scarf will look more like adornment than a scarf.

A regular scarf is just a simple rectangular. Our project is not an exception. It is a rectangular. :-)  Except of the ends of a scarf (triangle A) and a loop where two ends of a  scarf can be joined (rectangular B). Let's consider how to knit these parts.

What is so great about garter stitch?

  • A garter stitch is identical on both sides. It looks like a set of ridges where each ridge equals two rows of knitting.
  • Knitted fabric is pretty thick and warm.
  • To knit garter stitch, you have to knit rows of knit stitches, turned at the end of each row. Rows of the purl stitches , turned at the end also produce garter stitch.

Easy Scarf Pattern. Triangle "A".

How to knit a scarf

Beginning and the end of our easy scarf pattern. Cast on 3 stitches on the needle. At the end of  each row add one stitch. If you wish to have holes as a decorative edge, use  "Yarn Over method" of increasing a stitch.

If a hole at the place of increase is not desirable, it is better to use "Make 1 (M1)" method. (See the link above).

Number of increases is equal to 33 stitches. When you finish to make increases, there will be 36 stitches on the needles.

Continue your knitting without increases till your reach the area where joint loop is located. (part "B"). There are 40 rows (or 20 ridges) between triangle with increases and the joint loop.

Easy scarf pattern. Joint loop (rectangular "B").

Stitch HolderStitch Holder

Split 36 stitches  into two parts. The easiest way to do it is to use a stitch holders. If you do not have one, you can use a regular closed pin or additional knitting needle.

  • Every odd stitch out of 36 stitches goes to the working needle.
  • Every even stitch goes to a stitch holder.

Once you have two sets of stitches, continue to knit 20 rows (10 ridges) based on 18 stitches  on the working needles.  Then move them to another stitch holder.

18 stitches from the first stitch holder  put on the working needles and work 20 rows (10 ridges). Now you have two small rectangles (18 stitches x 20 rows each) and they have to be moved to the working needle , to continue your knitting.

  • First stitch to be moved we will slip from the stitch holder (a rectangular we knitted first).
  •  Second stitch has to be taken  from the working needle (a rectangular we knitted second).

In other words, odd stitches you take from the first rectangular, even stitches from the second one. There will 36 stitches again on the needles.

Continue to knit 36 stitches in 130 rows (65 ridges).

Make another joint loop similar to the first one. Continue to knit 40 more rows.
Make 33 decreases : one decrease at the end of each row till you have 3 stitches on the needle. Bind them off.

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