Simple Stripes and Slants:
This scarf is a little more interesting than your average garter stitch scarf because of the addition of increases and decreases at the ends. Using self-striping yarn also makes effortless stripes, but this would also be a fine scarf in a solid or a yarn that doesn't make its own stripes.
This is a relatively short scarf as designed, but you could always add on another ball to make it longer if you like, or don't make it as wide and you will get more length.
- about 200 yards 100 percent wool or wool blend self-striping yarn (I used Sempre from Filatura di Crossa in color 10, which was in closeout at my LYS; Plymouth's Boku is lighter weight but would give a similar effect)
- one pair size 10 US needles, or size to work with your yarn
- crochet hook or yarn needle
4.5 stitches and 8 rows per inch. Gauge is not critical.
Finished size is just over 7 inches wide and 40 inches long from tip to tip.
- Cast on 3 stitches.
- Knit 1 row.
- On the next row, knit 1, increase 1 by knitting in the front and back of the next stitch, knit 1.
- Knit the next row.
- Increase on the next row in the second stitch as before.
- Continue in this manner, knitting one row and increasing the next, until you have reached your desired width, or until you have 30 stitches.
- Knit in straight garter stitch until piece is desired length, or 33 inches long.
- Begin decreasing on the same side of the work that you increased by knitting two together one stitch in from the edge every other row until 3 stitches remain.
- Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.
Increasing and decreasing one stitch in from the edge of the work makes the edges a little straighter.
If you make this project with self-striping yarn, take care to join your new ball of yarn when it is on the color of the same stripe you were working in the previous ball of yarn. This will make it easier to weave in the ends and will give the scarf a more uniform look.
Because yarn balls vary in which color they start with and which they end with, you may end up with a scarf with different colored tips. If this is going to drive you crazy, use a solid or non-striping yarn.