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Knit Neck Scarf

Don this handmade scarf with any outfit or give it to a dear friend. To wear it, slip one end through either of the loops at front.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2009


Before you begin, learn how to knit in the round. You will use three knitting needles (2 straight needles, 1 double-pointed) to form a triangle in order to increase, decrease, and divide stitches (as shown in illustrations). When instructed to rib in the pattern below, knit 1, purl 1 alternately across the row. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.



5 stitches and 11 rows equal 1 inch in garter stitch


Finished size 

4 by 26 inches


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  • 2 skeins sport-weight yarn

  • Knitting needles, U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm)

  • Double-pointed needle, in same size

  • Stitch holder

  • Tapestry needle


  1. Cast on 3 stitches.

  2. Row 1: Knit 2, slip last stitch purlwise.

  3. Row 2: With yarn in back, knit 1, increase 1 (see how to increase), knit 1, and slip last stitch purlwise.

  4. Row 3: With yarn in back, knit 1, increase 1, knit to last stitch, slip last stitch purlwise.

  5. Repeat row 3 until you have 24 stitches. (Piece should now measure about 4 1/2 inches wide.)

  6. Continue to knit across every row, still slipping last stitch of each row purlwise, until piece measures 4 inches long.

  7. Divide (see how to divide). When you're finished, half the stitches will be on double-pointed needle and the other half will be on your working needle.

  8. Rib across the stitches on your working needle (leave the stitches on double-pointed needle as is), still slipping the last stitch purlwise. Continue for 1 1/2 inches. Transfer these ribbed stitches onto stitch holder. Break yarn, leaving a tail long enough to weave in later.

  9. Rejoin yarn, and rib across the stitches on double-pointed needle for 1 1/2 inches.

  10. Transfer all stitches onto 1 needle as follows: Slip 1 stitch purlwise from double-pointed needle, then slip 1 purlwise from working needle. Repeat across row until all stitches are on 1 needle.

  11. Knit every row, slipping last stitch purlwise, for 15 1/2 inches. (To adjust the size of the scarf, knit fewer inches for a child or more for a large adult.)

  12. Using same method as in step 7, divide the stitches between the 2 needles.

  13. Repeat steps 8, 9, and 10.

  14. Knit every row, slipping last stitch purlwise, for 2 1/2 inches.

  15. To finish: Knit 1, decrease (see how to decrease), and knit to end of row, slipping last stitch purlwise. Repeat this sequence every row until only 3 stitches remain. Bind off. Using tapestry needle, weave in ends.

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