Sticking with my theme of easy knitting projects, I decided to create another warmer scarf using garter stitch knitting. This way not only do you knit all rows, but you don't get that curling of edges that is common with the stockinette stitches, which is Purl one row and knit the next.
I had used the stockinette stitch for my first project the lightweight mohair style scarf (very first post here) and did spend some time pressing it to get rid of the curls. I wanted something even easier to knit while I relaxed in the evenings. So, I chose a multicoloured yarn that had my favourite colours and would match my winter coat. So here it is. I knitted it for 8 feet long so I could tie it in many ways.
I love the pattern that formed using the multicoloured yarn, and it doesn't look too plain, even though garter stitch is a very plain style of knitting. So if you want simplicity in your stitches, then consider different hues of yarn to create something nice with a bit more interest. I knitted this to be 8 feet long and enjoyed the simplicity of the garter stitch.
Here is my method for the garter stitch scarf.
I used 2 balls of the below yarn for the above scarf pictured.
PATONS REFLECTION VARIEGATED yarn (75% acrylic and 25% wool) it is very soft and yet warm.
You can get this at most craft stores, but you can also get it online with Amazon, just click the above picture. This is the exact yarn I used to create the multi-patterned effect using a simple garter stitch.
Cast on 30 stitches using 6MM needles or equivalent
Knit all rows with the basic garter stitch
Mine ended up being 7.5 inches wide with 30 cast on stitches. If you want it wider add more cast on stitches.
Add fringe (optional)
This is a great simple project to work on while listening to music, relaxing or watching TV. Some may find this boring, but for me it was the ticket to less stress just continuously knitting and hearing those needles click and watching it grow. You didn't even have to look at your work after a while, you could watch TV and let your hands do the work. I find knitting to be very therapeutic and wish I had picked it up again years ago.
I am quite proud of this project, as it felt good to create something while relaxing in the evening and yet feeling somewhat productive!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.