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Striped Garter Stitch Scarf

I noticed that hardly any of the projects I post could classify as beginner projects. This one, however, is. Nothing could be simpler than using only one type of stitch (the knit stitch, that is). While easy to make, this scarf looks sophisticated and complex because of the multiple vibrant colors and festive tassels. You can experiment with colors, width, and length without worrying about messing up the pattern… because there isn’t one!

Yarn and Needles

I specifically ordered a few skeins of Nature Spun sport weight yarn for this scarf from Brown Sheep Company. They have close to 100 different colors to choose from – I picked 7 I liked. Each 50g/168m skein is enough for ~120 rows + 60 tassels. If you decide to use up all 7 skeins, your scarf will measure about 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) – that’s one long scarf. Here are the colors I used:


24 stitches x 44 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches) un-stretched and un-blocked.


As I mentioned above, there really is no pattern. Use Garter Stitch (knit all rows) to make this scarf. For a 28 cm x 2.5 m (0.9 x 8.2 feet) scarf, cast on 64 stitches and knit 120 rows of each color yarn in any order you wish. Below is a sample pattern of stripes to use and the number of rows for each color.

Make sure all color switches are done on the same edge of the scarf after knitting wrong side (even numbered) rows. This way you will have thin little stripes all on the same side.

To change colors, knit the row to the last stitch, cut the current yarn leaving a 1-inch end, tie the new color yarn to it also leaving a 1-inch end, and knit the last stitch of the row with the new color. After the scarf is finished, weave the tied ends into the fabric.


For each tassel you will need a 10-inch length of yarn of each color.

Make the next tassel as close to the first one as you would like. I made them quite close together – 2 stitches apart – and ended up with 30 tassels on each end of the scarf.