Knitting Basics – Knit An Easy Garter Stitch Scarf

A scarf is a perfect beginning knitter’s project. Scarves keep us warm, or help us make a fashion statement. Scarves are good for men and women alike. Once you’ve learned the basics of casting on and casting off, and the “knit” stitch, you are ready to make this satisfying and easy gift for yourself or someone you love.

For this easy garter stitch scarf, you’ll need one skein of worsted weight yarn and size 9 knitting needles OR one skein of chunky yarn and size 13 knitting needles.

My favorite worsted weight yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease. The 20% wool makes it feel soft and cozy, and the 80% acrylic means it’s long-wearing and easy care.

For the example I’m wearing in the photo below, I used one skein of chunky Lion Brand Homespun yarn, and the color is 341 Windsor. It’s mostly blue, with little bits of purple and green in it. knit scarfWe’re going to use this one single skein of yarn to make a scarf. We’ll knit until the yarn is used up, and be done – so the first thing to do is decide if you want your scarf to have fringe or not.

If you want fringe, grab a paperback book and wrap the yarn around the narrow width of the book 32 times for chunky yarn, or 40 times for worsted weight. Cut the wrapped yarn down one side of the book and you will have enough pieces to make your fringe. Set those pieces aside for the time being.

Now you don’t have to worry about saving out enough yarn at the end; that part is all done for you. If you don’t want fringe, skip this step, and go straight to the casting on!

For this project, I’ll assume you have already learned to cast on, to do the knit stitch, and to cast off. If you don’t know how to do those things, Youtube is full of instructions on how to do them. It’s all very simple to learn.

With the size 9 needles and worsted weight yarn, cast on 20 stitches.


With the size 13 needles and chunky weight yarn, cast on 16 stitches.

lark's head knotWork every stitch in every row using the knit stitch. This pattern is called “garter stitch”. It’s not only pretty, it’s so easy you can do it while watching television. When your scarf is as long as you want it, bind off. Or keep knitting until you have about three feet of yarn left over, and bind off. I kept knitting until my yarn was almost used up, and my scarf was six feet long. When I added the fringe, it was almost seven feet long.

If you’ve chosen to put fringe on the ends of your scarf, take one strand of the fringe pieces you made earlier and attach it to each stitch across the top and bottom of the scarf using a lark’s head knot.

Trim the ends of the fringes so that they’re even, if necessary. Enjoy your new garter stitch scarf and the satisfaction that comes from having made it yourself! Stay warm out there! garter stitch scarf