Easy scarf knitting patterns: Garter stitch cowl

Looking for a beginner scarf knitting pattern? You'll love Jo Allport's cosy garter stitch cowl

garter stitch scarf

If you’re looking for a really quick and easy knit that’ll keep you toasty just when you need it, then this gorgeous cowl by Jo Allport is the accessory to knit and wear. Worked in Rico Super Super Chunky, which is a snuggly wool/acrylic mix, it’s worked in half stocking stitch and half garter stitch on 10mm circular needles. Although this particular cowl isn’t knitted in the round, many knitters find it much easier to work a large amount of stitches (especially super super chunky ones) back and forth on a circular needle than on straight needles. Why don’t you give it a go and see which method you prefer?

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To knit the garter stitch scarf you will need:

  • Rico Design Essentials Super Super Chunky (50% acrylic, 50% wool, 100g/100m balls) 1 ball in Salmon (shade 23)
  • A 10mm circular needles, 80cm long

Tension for garter stitch scarf

Yarn used knits as super chunky to this tension: 9 sts and 131 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 10mm needles

Measurements for garter stitch scarf

20cm (8in) x 120cm (27.in)

How to knit the garter stitch scarf

Cast on 119 sts using 10mm needles.

Knit 3 rows.

Next row (RS) Knit.

Next row P1, K57, P61.

Rep the last 2 rows 11 times more, ending with a WS row.

Knit 4 rows.

Cast off all sts.

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Making up the garter stitch scarf

Sew the side seams together using mattress stitch to form your scarf into a continuous cowl. Weave in ends to finish.

garter stitch scarf

More easy scarf knitting patterns

We have many more beginner scarf free patterns for you to choose from here at Gathered. Why not try this one – it comes complete with heart-embellished pockets to keep your hands cosy!

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