Garter Stitch Scarf Pattern

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This garter stitch scarf pattern is perfect if you are a beginner who would you like to make yourself a scarf.

It only uses one stitch - the knit stitch - and is a great opportunity to practice some basic knitting skills.  To complete this scarf, you will need to be able to cast on your knitting, complete knit stitches and to cast off your knitting.

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This scarf was knitted on oversized needles (6.00mm) with Panda Heath, an 8 ply wool and the result is a beautifully soft but light-weight scarf. Panda Heath was discontinued several years ago, but you can substitute any 8 ply wool and the pattern will still work.

And easy enough for any beginner to make!

Garter Stitch Scarf Pattern Measurements

This scarf is approximately 200cm long with the fringe and 22cm wide in its resting state.

Normally a pattern would specify the number of balls of a particular yarn you should use to make the item. I used pure wool for my scarves and took between four and five 50 gram balls of wool, but the number of balls required will vary depending on the type of yarn you decide to use.

Needles and Extras

To knit this Garter Stitch Scarf pattern, you will need a pair of 6.00mm single pointed needles (or the size required to give you the correct tension).


The tension for this garter stitch scarf pattern is 22 stitches and 26 rows for a 10cm square.

Knitting Instructions

Cast on 34 stitches.

1st Row: *Knit.

Repeat 1st row, until your work measures 180 cm (or length desired).

Cast off.

Finishing Your Scarf

If you are happy with your scarf the way it is, you have finished, but if you would like to add a special touch you can add a fringe.

For a Plain Fringe:

To do this cut 48 pieces of yarn about 12cm long.

To form a piece of the fringe take three strands of yarn and fold them in half to form a loop. Using a crochet hook, draw the loop through the knitted fabric of your scarf and then draw the ends through the loop.

Pull the fringe knot tight.

Space eight fringe knots evenly across both ends of your scarf and you are done!

For a Knotted Fringe:

To do this cut pieces of yarn about 20cm long.

To form a piece of the fringe take four strands of yarn and fold them in half to form a loop. Using a crochet hook, draw the loop through the knitted fabric of your scarf and then draw the ends through the loop.

Pull the fringe knot tight.

Space five fringe knots evenly across the end of your scarf leaving space for a fringe knot at each end. At each end form a fringe knot using two strands (instead of four).

Once you have all your fringe knots attached to the scarf you can tie them together. Divide each fringe knot (except the two end fringe knots) into two, tie a knot about half-way down the fringe using four strands from one fringe knot and four strands from the next fringe knot. Continue to work in this manner until all of the center fringes are joined.

Finally join the four strands of the end fringe knot to the four remaining strands of the next fringe knots to finish your fringe.

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