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Chain Stitch Scarf

Knit sideways, the Chain Stitch Scarf is a quick project that will shake up your usual knitting routine. This knit scarf pattern has a slightly lacy look that makes it a fun accessory. Its also a great pattern for showing off that funky art yarn you bought at the local yarn store the other day (you know which skein Im talking about). Bigger needles are used to make this one fast project, perfect for last minute gifts or a busy weekend.


Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

5 x 50 ins [12.5 x 127 cm].


  • Bernat Bamboo (60 g/2.1 oz;57 m/63 yds) - Rosehip
  • Size 6 mm (U.S. 10) circular knitting needle 16 ins [40 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.

14 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.


Cast on 171 sts. Do not join in rnd. Working back and forth in rows, proceed as follows:
1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: *P1. Sl1P. Rep from * to last st. P1.
3rd row: K2. *Sl1. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
4th to 7th rows: Beg with a knit row, work in stocking st.
Rep 2nd to 7th rows for 5 ins [12.5 cm], then 2nd and 3rd rows once.
Next row: Knit. Cast off knitwise (WS).



Weave in ends.

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I love this scarf! Bamboo yarn makes it soft and feminine!

Ravelry lists this yarn as a bulky weight yarn, so I tried it with that, since bernat bamboo is discontinued and it does not give the chain effect very well and there was no drape to it. So, I did it again in cotton worsted weight and it gave a decent drape and a lovely chain effect.

The instructions are a bit confusing. However it would be a quick scarf to knit. Good for the cold weather.

As a beginning knitter I do not understand Row 2. It says *P1. Sl1P. then repeat from *. Row 3 is clearer: K1. *Sl1. K1 = which I believe means knit 1, slip 1, then knit the next st, then repeat from the *. Does row 2 mean purl 1 st, slip 1 st as a purl, or, slip 1 st then purl the next st? I might just be overthinking this, have just never seen it written as Sl1P. Thank you.

I think your instinct is right. It means slip the stitch as if to purl. The period after Sl1P. is the clue, as there is the same period after Sl1K. Good luck, it is an elegant looking scarf.

this is a common technique for writing patterns in knitting. when there is * and it says to repeat from *-you ALWAYS repeat. Row 2 is P1 (purl1) SL1P (is slip 1 purl wise) you continue in this until the last stitch-the slip stitches are what will give the "ladder" effect to the scarf.

ok.. it is for the length. right? have to try this later, thanks ! _

171 stitches cast on? it is not that wide in the picture as I see.

The scarf is being made lengthwise, not width wise.

The pattern instructions never say what Row 7 is.

The instructions should probably have said work rows 4 THRU 7 in stockinette stitch. That gives you 4 rows of stock. stitch. Hope this helps. I love this stitch pattern; I'm going to try it in a hat:)

Rows 4-7 are stocking stitch so, Row 4 is knit, row 5 is purl, row 6 is knit, row 7 is purl.


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