Garter Ridge Scarf

This scarf is quick to knit up and cozy when finished — and you don't have to worry about sewing any seams! Make it in a soft yarn in a color of your choice, and you'll end up with a subtly textured striped scarf.

Materials and vital statistics I Measurements: 12 inches x 60 inches I Yarn: Heavy worsted-weight yarn; approximately 300 yards

I Needles: One pair of size US 10 (6 mm) needles; tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

I Gauge: Gauge isn't crucial to this project.

Directions

Note: Because this scarf takes more than one skein of yarn, you have to know how to join a new skein when the first one runs out. For instructions, see the sidebar "Joining yarn," in Chapter 4.)

Cast on 38 sts. (Note: Because this pattern doesn't require a specific multiple or an odd or even number of stitches, you can cast on and knit up this scarf in any number of stitches for a wider or narrower piece.)

To discourage the edges from rolling in, work a selvedge stitch on the edges by knitting the first and last stitch of every row.

Repeat these 16 rows until your scarf reaches the desired length. End the scarf by working Rows 1-5.

With the WS facing, bind off by knitting every stitch for the final garter stitch ridge.

Weave in the loose ends.

Finishing: Gently steam or wet block the scarf. (See Chapter 16 for ways to weave in the ends, block, and otherwise finish your scarf like a pro.)

Variations

You can express your creativity — and practice new skills at the same time — by altering the basic Garter Ridge Scarf in any of the following ways:

I Work the scarf in a yarn of a different weight and with the appropriate needles. If you stick with the cast-on number of 38 stitches and work it in a finer yarn (say 5 stitches to the inch), the scarf will measure 7K inches wide; if you work it in a heavier yarn (say 4 stitches to the inch), it will measure 9K inches wide.

I Substitute a different pattern stitch for the garter ridge pattern. See the earlier section "Varying your stitch pattern" for ideas.

I Work the scarf for 16 inches in the pattern you've chosen, work 10 inches or so in 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 rib, and then work the last 16 inches in your pattern again. The ribbed portion will fit nicely into the contour of your neck.

I Make the scarf multicolored by using different colors of yarns.

I Buy more yarn and make your scarf longer.

I Make a sampler scarf by working 3 or so inches of as many different patterns as you like.

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