A simple but elegant scarf for lovers of garter stitch. You can purchase this pattern for $5 as a PDF download through its Ravelry page or via this link: buy now.

This scarf looks intricate, but in fact, it’s an easy knit, completely suitable for beginners; about 2/3rds of it is plain garter stitch, with just a little bit of interesting complication every so often. It’s knit lengthwise, making it a great stashbusting pattern—just stripe in your scraps as you go along to create vertical stripes softened by the garter stitch transitions. The ends are set off with a simple lace-patterned edging worked in one piece with the main body of the scarf.

The scarf lies flat and is reversible, though I have to admit that I find the stitch pattern slightly prettier on one side than on the other.

I’ve written the pattern in two sizes, for worsted and DK weight yarns, though it would work well in any weight from laceweight to chunky—just adjust the number of stitches cast on at the beginning for the desired length of your scarf. The pattern includes instructions for how to do this.

The gauge for the worsted weight version is 20 stitches/40 rows to 4 inches before blocking, and it was knit with two skeins (220 yards) of Patons SWS in Natural Earth.

The gauge for the DK weight version is 22 stitches/44 rows to 4 inches before blocking, and it was knit with two skeins (300 yards) of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in “Violets”.

However, being knit lengthwise, the scarf has a strong tendency to stretch vertically, becoming longer and narrower, so you may wish to account for this when knitting your swatch. The gauge after blocking and weighting is about 2 stitches per 4 inches looser, for both yarns, than the gauge before blocking. Or, if you’re living dangerously and not swatching, err on the side of the scarf being wide and short.

The DK weight version is the purple one, and the worsted weight version is the green/brown one.

I love the beaded look of the garter stitch in the self-striping yarn.

You can see the lacy edging detail in the photo above.

The garter and anemone stitch work to break up pooling in variegated colorways.

The scarf is really long–it’s wrapped twice around my neck in most of the photos above. Here is a shot of me wearing it, Chevron Scarf-style, like a headband.