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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Week of Scarves! Day 2 - Knitted Lengthwise Scarf

Knitting this scarf is a wonderful way to use up your scraps of yarn or to match the yarn you've used in a hat or mittens. It is knit lengthwise and can be done in a woven stitch, a seed stitch, box stitch, or moss stitch. The examples in the photos are all done with the woven stitch, which produce a woven look on the right side and a seed stitch on the wrong side.

Knitted Lengthwise Scarf Pattern

Needle: Size appropriate for your yarn and desired guage (I used a size 4 needle, 60" long circular)
Yarn: Approximately 6 yards of yarn per row, if allowing for fringe. About 400 yards of yarn for the finished scarf.
Guage: 4 to 4 1/2 stitches per inch in worsted weight garter stitch, 6 stitches per inch in sport/DK weight garter stitch.
Finished Size: 5" x 42"

Number of Cast-on Stitches
Stitches/inch 4.0
40" length 160

45" length 180

50" length 200

55" length 220

60" length 240

Stitches/inch 4.5
40" length 180

45" length 203

50" length 225

55" length 248

60" length 270

Stitches/inch 5.0

40" length 200

45" length 225

50" length 250

55" length 275

60" length 300

Stitches/inch 5.5

40" length 220

45" length 248

50" length 275

55" length 303

60" length 330

Woven Stitch
Over an odd number of stitches or multiples of 4 + 1

Row 1 (RS) K1, *yf, sl 1 purlwise, yb, K1. Rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS) P2, *yb, sl 1 purlwise, yf, P1. Rep from * to last stitch, P1.
Repeat these two rows.

If you would like a fringe, you can change yarn every row or just cut and start a new piece of yarn at every row. Leave a long tail at the beginning and end of each row.

Bind off and weave in ends. Trim fringe. I braided my fringe for a different look.


  1. I just noticed this post. How wonderful to have all the information on how many stitches to cast on according to the length you want. Thanks Susan!

  2. Been looking everywhere for this scarf pattern (I started knitting a blanket from this a while ago), but bonus finding the measurement for scarf making. Thank you so much!