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Color Block Kerchief

We've found the perfect first big knitting pattern for those beginning knitting. This Color Block Kerchief is knit entirely in garter stitch, with only a couple of other simple techniques. Do you recognize the sequence of color? The red, white, and blue of this summer shawl is just the thing for a Fourth of July celebration, or to wear to cheer on the best team in the Olympics. Of course, if you're not a fan of the patriotic colors, you can try substituting the blue at the very end with more red, or switch the colors up entirely.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Caron® United™ (4 oz/113 g; 235 yds/215m)
    • Contrast A: Cherry (06007) - 1 ball
    • Contrast B: Aran (06002) - 1 ball
    • Contrast C: Navy (06014) - 1 ball
  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.


Measurements: Approx 61” [155 cm] wide x 16” [40.5 cm] deep.



Approx = Approximately

Dec = Decrease(ing)

K = Knit

Rem = Remain(ing)

Rep = Repeat

RS = Right side

Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together

St(s) = Stitch(es)

Yo = Yarn over


Gauge: 16 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter st.


Note: Kerchief is worked sideways. When working stripes, carry color not in use loosely up side of work.



With A, cast on 3 sts.

1st row: (RS). K1. yo. Knit to end of row.

2nd row: Knit.

3rd and 4th rows: With B, knit.

Rep last 4 rows until there are 64 sts on needle, ending on a 4th row.


Dec as follows:

Next row: (RS). With A, K1. yo. ssk. Knit to end of row.

Next row: Knit.

Next row: With B, K1. ssk. Knit to end of row.

Next row: Knit.

Rep last 4 rows until there are 32 sts on needle.

Break A and B.

Next row: (RS). With C, K1. yo. ssk. Knit to end of row.

Next row: Knit.

Next row: K1. ssk. Knit to end of row.

Next row: Knit.

Rep last 4 rows until 3 sts rem.

Cast off.

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