Simple Garter Stitch Scarf


Simple Garter Stitch Scarf

No one wants to work on a knitting project that will go out of style in a year; knitting, almost by definition, has an enduring quality. Thats why patterns like the Simple Garter Stitch Scarf are such excellent projects to work on. You can rest assured that the elegance of this scarf will stay fashionable throughout the years. This is a great project for a beginning knitter to take on, especially knitters who pride themselves on personal style.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

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


  • Patons® Canadiana™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 205 yds/187 m)
    • Contrast A Pale Grey Mix (10046) 1 ball
    • Contrast B Burgundy (10430) 1 ball
  • Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker


Approx 11" [28 cm] deep x 62" [157.5 cm] long.

19 sts and 36 rows = 4" [10 cm] in garter st.


With B, cast on 2 sts.
1st row: (RS). Kfb. K1.
2nd row: K2. Kfb.
3rd row: Kfb. K2tog. K1.
4th and alt rows: Knit to last st. Kfb.
5th row: Kfb. K2tog. K2.
7th row: Kfb. K2tog. K3.
9th row: Kfb. K2tog. K4.
11th row: Kfb. Knit to last 6 sts. PM. K2tog. K4.
Note: From this point on, keep marker in position before last 6 sts.
12th row: With A, as 4th row.
13th row: Kfb. Knit to last 6 sts. Slip marker. K2tog. K4.
14th to 17th rows: With B, as 12th and 13th rows twice more.
18th to 23rd rows: With A, as 12th and 13th rows 3 times more.
Rep 14th to 23rd rows 7 times more.
Next 2 rows: With B, as 12th and 13th rows.
Next 2 rows: With A, as 12th and 13th rows.
Rep last 4 rows 20 times more.
Rep 14th to 23rd rows until work across longer side edge measures approx 62" [157.5 cm] or until 2 balls have been used, ending with 5 rows of A.
Cast off.

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There is no way to keep the marker in position before the last 6 sts just by slipping it when told to do so, there are increases and decreases beyond the marker after it is placed. Lovely looking pattern but because of the placement of the marker its a nightmare to work it.

try it

scarf so beautiful.appreciate all the comments. hopefully the corrections have been made and it will be smooth sailing.

Very elegant

Why does it take so long to get a response to questions regarding the pattern for this scarf.

This site is not well monitored for questions by the editors, I think if you look around, you'll find that most questions are answered by other knitters, rather than the editors. I have been given to understand that the facebook page is more closely monitored than this page is-you may want to post your questions there. hope this helps.

I am on the 7th repeat of rows 14 thru 23 and I do not have a smooth diagonal side where the increase (kfb) occurs, at the 5th repeat of rows 14 thru 23 there is a "stair step" effect (as though there has been a dramatic increase in the number of stitches) which isn't the case. It appears in the picture that there should be a smooth diagonal progression, correct?? Also when changing colors from B to A the new color in the kfb "bleeds" into the new color. Is there a way to prevent that??

Hello, Depending on the type of yarn you are using, that increase bump may appear, though I would imagine that would only be the case with a bulky yarn. It may also be that the stitch increases are more noticeable when you get up close and personal with the knitting. If I understand your question correctly, I do not know of a way to stop color A from showing up at the bottom of color B stitches, when you first switch yarns. I'm sorry I can't be of more help. Some of our other readers might have a shrewd idea of how to help you out. You could post the question to our facebook wall ( ) to see if you could get a more satisfactory answer. Sorry about the delayed response. Have a nice day, Editors of

The stair step effect occurs with the increase-are you knitting front and back correctly-I've had this happen and had to go back and tweek my KFB to make it less obvious. there isn't actually a way to prevent the colour bleed, but it may be corrected if yout week the KFB issue. hope this helps.

I too, wish to get clarification on this pattern. 1. Per pattern, first 11 rows all made with color B, right? 2. Then we would continue with color B for rows 12 through 17? Pattern has no notes to change color until Row 18. 2. Previous comments on marker placement work out same for me--that is after finishing Row 11, there are only 5 stitches after the marker because of the "PM, K2tog, K4" instructions. Love the pictured finished scarf so please help us understand how it was created.

Hello, To answer your questions in order: 1. The first 11 rows are worked in color B 2. Rows 12 - 17 are worked in color A (there was previously an error in this pattern that we have since corrected. Sorry for the confusion!) 3. You are correct; at the end of row 11, there should be 5 sts after the marker. Thanks for your comment, Editors of

I'm going crazy with this pattern. The marker doesn't make sense and I think there's an error in the changes from B to A. Can someone explain??

There was an error in the pattern; you should switch to yarn A at Row 12. The pattern now reflects this change. Thanks for your comment, Editors of

I am new to knitting and your site. I am not familiar with the abbreviations and wonder if there is anywhere where I may find them.

You can find a list of common knitting abbreviations here: == Common-Knitting-Abbreviations Sorry for the delayed response, and thanks for your comment! Editors of

Still need help for Line 12 and following regarding stitches after maker is placed. I order the thread especially

Line 12 is the start of the stripe pattern, therefore you follow the directions for line 4 as stated in the pattern. any markers in place would simply be slipped on this row ready for the next row.

Still waiting for Help for line 12 and following

lPlease give us directions how to continue placing Marker when you reduce the number os stitches after the marker is placed.

After placing the marker before the last 6 sts in Row 11, when you get to Row 13 the marker is no longer before the last 6 stitches, there are only 5 stitches after the marker placed in Row 11. Please explain or help. I love the look of the scarf in the picture and expecially ordered the same Patons yarn to make it.

I had forgotten just how much a simple garter stitch item (such as the scarf above) can draw attention to both an outfit your are wearing, and to bring attention to your face. I agree that this is a must have item. I have a short neck, so I plan to use a thinner yarn. My only problem is: what color choices do I start off with, because I'd like to make more than one scarf!

I'm fairly new to knitting so please excuse me if this is a silly question but am I correct when reading the pattern that you don't start using color A until the 18th row?

That's correct.

My apologies, my previous comment is incorrect. There is a 2 row strip that starts at the 12th row of this pattern.


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